Should I Report Social Media Comments from Colleague?

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Post # 31
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Bumble bee
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fiver :  Agree wholly.  But the question is not about “should he be fired.”  The question is whether or not the OP should report him.  I do not believe she really has anything to report.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
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hickoryhills :  someone saying that women deserve/are asking to be sexually assaulted because of how they dress is absolutely worthy of reporting especially considering he works in a college environment and they staggering rates of sexual assault on campuses.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
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hickoryhills :  It’s true that in the context of “any hint of sexual assault or sexual harassment has to be reported” that John’s misogynstic comments do not fall under “OP is required to report him as a policy of her job”. That said, he is still making public, highly offensive comments and his employer, whom he represents, has a right to know about it and take corrective action, if they deem it appropriate.

Post # 34
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Helper bee

Report him. He decided to publically express his views on a platform like Facebook. Students could see this. Other colleagues could see this. It’s not anyone’s place but his superiors to determine if he should be fired or not, but they should definitely be made aware of this incident. If your friend is uncomfortable doing it, you could – or someone else could.

No matter what your position is at your job, there is no shame in reporting something that makes you uncomfortable to work with another person. As his comments were directly related to a workplace policy (and shared in a public forum and not in confidence), I’d report his ass.

Post # 35
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Busy bee

His comments may have been sexist and defensive, but being sexist and defensive of sexual assault isn’t sexually harassing anyone. He would actually have to commit sexual harassment to constitute reporting him for sexual harassment, to put it simply. Unless you can report him for expressing a controversial opinion, there’s not much else you can do but ignore it. I get that you’d like to see him reprimanded for his offensive comments, but trying to pin him for something he’s technically not guilty of, isn’t the way to go about it.

Post # 36
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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screen shot the entire thing, email it to his department chair.  

It’s their job to handle this, and yes–facebook comments count.  I can list specific cases where particularly bad FB comments (which I’d say this constitutes) have gotten TA’s fired.  I’ve never seen anyone kicked out of a program for it, but at least he can be removed from interacting with undergrads as an authority figure… for now.

I’m very sad to say I know at least a few men who’ve had no more than this small slap on the wrist while graduate students who are now professors… so like you I don’t know what this will do long-run.. but at least for now you can keep some students safe.  It’s not everyone, but its someone.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
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I don’t think the University’s policy to require reporting of sexual harassment or sexual assault negates reporting other bad behaviors- it’s just up to OP’s discretion vs. being required.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
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Tatum :  yes, like I’m sure they have a policy regarding threatening violence but if the guy had an opinion that people “deserved” violence I’m sure he would be reported (like if he wrote a post saying Black Lives Matter protesters deserve to be hit by a car or something ).

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
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There is no way this guy’s attitudes have not manifested in his actions and that his female students have not already been hurt by them. How many “hoes” has he downgraded in his classes? How many less qualified men has he helped in the field as opposed to the more qualified “bitch” who didn’t respond to his advances or who didn’t compliment him enough? And when is he going to sexually assualt a woman on campus who wore a short skirt because she deserved it? Has he done it already? He’s a liability and needs to go.

Post # 41
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Busy bee

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anonthrowaway12 :  If that’s the case, then I believe there’s no question whether he violated their terms of sexual harassment…I don’t see any reason not to report him at this point. 

Post # 43
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Sugar bee

I agree with PP that you should not only report him but take screenshots so there’s proof! 

Men like this really need to be put in their place. It’s crazy they’ve gone this long without consequences and that’s not okay. 

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
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Report his ass! Not only is he expressing vile opinions, he is doing so publically (sorry guys, social media does not count as private, at all) as a representative of his university.

Best case scenario is that he is creating a hostile work environment, worst case is that he – if he hasn’t already done so – will one day rape a woman himself (let’s be honest about what these types of opinions really reflect).

Neither scenarios are great. 

This thread reminds me of this article from a few months ago: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-08-16-uct-lecturer-on-leave-on-medical-grounds-after-facebook-rant/

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

He’s a TA? It’s easy to figure out what department at his school he works for and very easy to get some emails. Make an anonymous email account if you need to, but send screen shots to the professors that he is working under and address your concerns. You might even be able to call. Once a professor is aware of this, they have to do something.

His behavior is gross and unacceptable and he doesn’t need to get away with it just because it is online.

I actually reported someone who I had a mutual friend with because they blew up one of my Facebook posts with gross and inappropriate jokes. He was also a TA, found his department head and sent that email. He was canned.

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