In response to the sensationalistic Site Visit Report, Denver Post columnist Alicia Caldwell sensibly opined "What exactly went on in CU philosophy department?" (dated Feb. 3, 2014). She was understandably frustrated by the vagueness of the Site Visit Report.
AT LAST -- A MAN IN THE PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT SPEAKS OUT
At last, one white man in the philosophy department, Michael Tooley, has broken the department's silence by posting relevant materials at http://spot.colorado.edu/~tooley/ , including his own lengthy statement in the document titled "Why Hasn't the Philosophy Department Strongly Criticized the Site Visit Report?"
Professor Tooley explains that "the [Site Visit] Report has caused, and will continue to cause, very significant harm, damaging the reputations of innocent people, and inflicting suffering upon their families."
He says, "The public release of the Site Visit Report has also had a devastating effect upon our current graduate students and also on our recent Ph.D. graduates who are currently on the job market, both male and female."
He believes, correctly in my estimate, that the Site Visit Report is in effect an indictment of male philosophy professors in general, not just in Colorado. Rebecca Schuman advanced this sweeping indictment in her article.
Because Rebecca Schuman and Alicia Caldwell and everybody else in the media repeated the Site Visit Report's claim that "at least 15 complaints" had been filed against members of the philosophy department since 2007 with the Office of Discrimination and Harassment, I want to quote Professor Tooley's measured comment about this factoid:
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