Original article in Korean is at this link.
With female students at Korea University accusing a professor of sexually harassing them, the school is again dragging its feet.
In March two female graduate students went to the school with allegations that their advisor, Professor A, had sexually molested them.
They said that Prof. A “stayed with us at a motel to work on our theses… he frequently attempted to touch us.”
According to Korea University regulations, action must be taken within 60 days of such an accusation. Once that period has passed, the victims are to be notified of the results of the investigation. But on the 25th, 130 days after their report, the school was still investigating.
With the investigation dragging on, the victims’ pain is growing. The ‘Committee to Deal With Prof. A’, which includes the KU womens’ student union, said that “during the period of the investigation of Prof. A, the victims’ thesis advisor, they are unable to submit their theses or schedule a defense, and the victims could have been able to do so in about two weeks if the chancellor had strongly advocated it.” The Committee also announced that “Prof. A is still telling reporters that the victims were gold diggers who seduced him first, inflicting further damage on them.”
Last year the school was also accused of dragging its feet after a medical student was molested, and some say nothing has changed.
Lee Ah-lim, a member of the Korea University womens’ student union, said that “after the medical student molestation case last year we expected the school to be more acgtive in protecting students and improve its attitude, but in this current case we can see that almost nothing has changed.”
The school claims that the reason for the lengthy investigation is “available through the public relations department.”
An official with the Korea University public relations department said that “according to school regulations the investigation period is 60 days, but gender equality center regulations allow that period to be extended if requested by the subject of the investigation or if judged necessary.”
Jeong Hagyeongju, an activist with the 한국 여성민우회, said that “when there has been a sexual assault, if the investigation is extended the victim’s pain increases and she can be ostracized at school and in other public places… the school’s gender equality center needs to have a strengthened role and authority.”