Ex-chair feared CU-Boulder would dissolve philosophy department if sexual harassment report leaked

From the Daily Camera (Boulder): Former University of Colorado philosophy chairman Graeme Forbes warned faculty last November not to say a word about an outside report detailing pervasive sexual harassment within the department, saying he feared campus administrators would dissolve the department should the findings be made public.

Forbes issued those instructions in a Nov. 20 email to members of the philosophy department that was provided to the Daily Camera this week by a faculty member.

“Be aware that if this report leaks beyond the department and becomes a local, or worse, national, scandal, the continued existence of this department is improbable,” Forbes wrote in the email, which was copied to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Leigh and Associate Dean Mary Kraus.

He added: “In some parts of the administration, this report has made the idea of dissolving the department appealing.”

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