Three out of four UL Lafayette professors that have alleged harassment and gender discrimination against male colleagues in the B.I. Moody College of Business went before a legislative committee at the Louisiana State Capitol.
Dr. Lucy Henke, Lise Anne Slatten and Patricia Lanier went before the committee in hopes of making a difference when it comes to harassment at universities. “They are afraid just as we are afraid. The most troubling for us are the stories that are coming from the female students,” said Dr. Lanier. Dr. Fontenot is on sabbatical in Italy. All of the ladies said no action has been taken towards the men accused of harassing them. “This is not that very obvious kind of harassment. This is more of an ongoing very subtle, pervasive, bullying type of harassment.”
Slatten said this harassment is still happening on campus. “We do know that things are continuing to happen as recently as the week of Thanksgiving when we heard of a situation in our building involving a student and a faculty member.” This testimony could help legislators see what laws should be amended. “This is good testimony to help us develop future legislation,” said Louisiana State Senator Fred Mills.
All of the professors said they just want to see progress made for them, but students as well. “It’s clear to us that the current system is failing to protect women faculty, staff and students of higher education.” Slatten agreed. “We’re asking today for them to take action, but yet to provide a safe and inclusive environment for women in Louisiana,” said Slatten. The women said they are a part of the “Me Too” movement and time’s up.