Complaints of professor’s sexual harassment spark protest at NU

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About 70 Northwestern students protested on campus today over the university’s handling of a sexual harassment case.

But what began as a protest to walk out of accused Professor Peter Ludlow’s class, soon switched to a demand for policy changes from the school itself .

Two years ago a Northwestern freshman filed an official complaint with the school, accusing Professor Ludlow of indecent sexual contact.  Even though the university substantiated the allegations, Ludlow wasn’t fired.

Two weeks ago, the student sued Northwestern in federal court claiming the university didn’t provide proper protections under Title IX.

Though some policies are now changed about faculty-student contact, students protesting today, believe the law isn’t being followed yet.

“Even though the university isn’t taking this issue seriously, that we are,” said Senior Haley Pilgrim.

The Dean, who students wanted to hear from today, sent the Northwestern spokesperson instead who read a statement saying, “We very much do appreciate our staff and faculty and students raising these issues and feel strongly that Northwestern is it please committed to responding fully to any complaints of sexual harassment and we value those things incorporated into Title IX.

Students say they will continue to fight until policies go beyond legal obligations and uphold moral obligations. They say they plan to try and stage another protest at professor Ludlow’s next class on Thursday.

Ludlows attorney did not respond to WGN News’s  request for comment.

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