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Scenario 1: Harassment

Introduction : Approach Prof. X later

You chose: Think about it for a day or two and in a quiet moment approach Prof. X.

You knock, and Prof. X invites you in. You say, “Professor, I couldn’t help but hear what you said to Chris a couple of days ago. You may not know how that incident appeared to me and, I think, to other bystanders. We could see that Chris was shaken, and it seemed very humiliating for Chris to be receiving such scathing criticism in public.” The professor responds, “I didn’t realize that. I know I come on a little strong sometimes, and maybe I overdid it.”

You can...

Stay out of it
Say, “Will you talk to Chris about it?”
Get the others to vote
Say, “The stress level is high for everyone,” and leave a pamphlet on stress management in the professor’s mail the next day.
Ask to talk
Say, “If you want to think out loud about that, the Ombuds people can be a good resource.”
Ask to talk
Smile and leave and wonder if any good will come of your conversation.


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