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By Vaidik Trivedi
Placards reading “Stanley is a rape apologist” and “Enforce Title IX” drew attention at the State of the University Address on Wednesday, October 3 as a group of students silently protested when President Stanley introduced an upcoming cultural seminar about implicit bias and sexual misconduct.
The protest, which took place at the Staller Center for the Arts, was primarily in support of Erin Mosier, a Stony Brook alumnus who said she was sexually assaulted by Larry Frohman, a professor in the History department at Stony Brook. Mosier filed a Title IX complaint in April 2017.
“It took the university six months rather than 60 days to act on the Title IX complaint,”
Eileen Ofori, a student protestor, said. “And what happened then? They brought a private investigator on campus to harass students.”
Title IX states that the school should take measures to protect the plaintiff from harassment, but advisors said Mosier should either change her program or leave Stony Brook.
The Implicit Bias and Sexual Misconduct Seminar will be for faculty and staff as a result of many recent issues with the Title IX process, like Mosier’s.
“The Implicit Bias Sexual Misconduct Seminar is going to provide practical tools to manage issues on hidden biases and expectations in class and in work place,” President Stanley said, continuing his address without acknowledging the protest. Several government legislators including Robert Trotta and Steve Engelbright, both Stony Brook alumni, attended and witnessed the address.
President Stanley said that faculty, staff and students who are “concerned about these issues and how the university deals with them” requested the seminar.
“I don’t expect him to do anything, because he historically hasn’t done anything,” Kenneth Kleinhardt, a student protester, said.
President Stanley continued his address and spoke about the graduation gap and other university business, ignoring the placards that said “He for Frohman.”