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Open letter to members of the Stanford Physics Department

Oct 13 2015

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Announcements, Faculty, In the News, Staff, Students

To all members of the Stanford Physics Department:

On October 9, 2015, the news broke that a 6-month investigation by UC Berkeley had determined that Geoff Marcy, a faculty member in the Berkeley Astronomy Department, violated their campus sexual harassment policies between 2004 and 2010. We are writing to you to express our deep concern and support for the victims of this harassment, and our respect for those members of the Berkeley community who reported this behavior. We are also writing to stress our absolute commitment to providing every student, and indeed every member of this department, with a safe space in which to work. 

Sexual harassment is completely inexcusable and has absolutely no place in this or any other workplace. We urge anyone who experiences, or witnesses, such behavior in this department to report it, and we assure you that complaints will be taken very seriously. If you do not feel comfortable reporting incidents to one of us, there are a variety of campus resources available to you, and we have appended a list of some of these resources to this letter.  
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Finally, we urge continued discussion of this topic within the department so that all of us can participate in making the Stanford Physics Department a safe and welcoming environment.

Peter F. Michelson
Sarah Church
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Shamit Kachru
Director of Graduate Studies