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Nicolas Wolfinger, University of Utah

From April 2016 to August 2016
University of Utah (Public college or university)
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Identity of Speakers

  • Nicolas Wolfinger
    Faculty/Staff
    Other

    Nicolas Wolfinger is a Professor of Family Studies at the University of Utah.

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Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Other
  • Incident Responses:
    University administration protective of speech
    Title IX or other federal statute
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • No protest Occured
  • Did not involve Speech Codes

Summary

In April 2016, Professor Nicolas Wolfinger of the University of Utah was subject to a Title IX investigation. A female colleague had filed a harassment complaint after Wolfinger had allegedly recounted stories about his proposal to his ex-wife that took place during a lap dance at a strip club. He was also accused of gender discrimination for a separate incident for allegedly expressing disdain for a colleague on the basis of her sex. Wolfinger provided a written rebuttal of all charges. The University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action proceeded to interview twelve of Wolfinger’s colleagues. Four months into the inquiry, Wolfinger received a written report exonerating him of all charges of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. His accuser remained unknown to him for the entirety of the process. Wolfinger has gone on to argue that the entire Title XI is in need of reform.