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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law$
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Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098006

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098006.001.0001

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Alexander v. Yale University An Informal History

Alexander v. Yale University An Informal History

(p.51) 3 Alexander v. Yale University An Informal History
Directions in Sexual Harassment Law

Anne E. Simon

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses a case that developed from the work of women undergraduates at Yale who delved into the rumors and discussions about widespread sexual harassment and the unwillingness of the Yale administration to do anything about it. Their knowledge that something was very wrong, even if they did not have a name for it, was the basis of all that followed. Central to their claims was their understanding that, because of sexual harassment, none of the plaintiffs received the education they had come to Yale to get. Ann Olivarius was one of the members of the Yale Undergraduate Women's Caucus who had been most active in investigating the persistent reports of sexual harassment at Yale. She had been told by a senior Yale administrator that if she did not stop saying those things about faculty members, she would get sued for defamation—and Yale would not help her.

Keywords:   women undergraduates, Yale, sexual harassment, Yale administration, Ann Olivarius, Undergraduate Women's Caucus, defamation

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