Harvard University faculty voted to dismiss student and D. Drew Douglas for raping a female classmate. The faculty opted to reject a possible lesser sentence of withdrawal, which would have allowed Douglas the opportunity to seek readmission to the school in the future.
Douglas had pleaded guilty to battery and indecent assault, or improper sexual touching, in a criminal court last year. A Harvard University investigation found that Douglas had committed rape. His accuser has stated that she was asleep when Douglas began raping her.
Douglas's case sparked a campus-wide debate over whether Harvard University officials understood the seriousness of date rape. Before the faculty voted, about 250 students protested the possibility of letting Douglas withdraw, noting that the school's punishment for plagiarism is expulsion.
In addition to his expulsion from Harvard University, Douglas received five years probation, including eighteen months under house arrest. His lawyer, James L. Sultan, claimed that the vote did not matter because Douglas had already suffered a great deal. Sultan added, "His career at Harvard is over."
9/28/2015 World Leaders Commit to Ending Gender Discrimination at UN Summit - This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of the fourth world conference on women in Beijing, leaders from around the globe met in New York City to discuss concrete and measurable plans for eliminating discrimination against women.
The plans were announced and reviewed by over 80 world leaders over the weekend at the "Global Leaders" Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action," summit co-hosted by the UN and China. . . .