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Student claims harassment — but her actions say otherwise

January 4, 2010 by Taylor Hannigan
Posted in: From the Courts, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views

Actions speak louder than words – as shown by the case of a student who said an instructor harassed her but texted and called him hundreds of times.

Student Raven Ray had sex with instructor Robin Bowers soon after enrolling in one of his classes at the College of Charleston. Over the course of the ensuing relationship, she texted him more than 950 times over a period of about three months.

About three weeks after grades for the course were posted – Ray got an “A” and made the Dean’s list – she told the college Bowers had been sexually harassing her. She said that until that time she had pretended his conduct toward her was welcome. Why? Because she was afraid he would sabotage her course grade or otherwise retaliate against her, she said.

But Ray initiated the relationship and continued it even after she received her grade. In fact, she kept calling and texting Bowers even after accusing him of sexual harassment. And prior to her complaint, she never indicated to anyone that his conduct toward her was unwelcome.

Under the circumstances, no reasonable jury could accept her harassment claim, the court said.

Cite: Ray v. Bowers.

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  • A dean

    Was there disciplinary action taken against the faculty memebr for his sexual relationship with a student enrolled in one of his classes? I would hope so; the grade the student “earned” may be based entirely on academic work, but…

  • philip smith

    yes, he was fired.

  • philip smith

    yes, the instructor was fired.


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