Howard University: Professor Subjected to 504-Day Investigation and Sanctions for Hypothetical Test Question Involving Waxing

Category: Cases, Free Speech
Schools: Howard University

On May 4, 2017, Howard University law professor Reginald Robinson was deemed responsible for sexual harassment after two students complained about a test question involving a Brazilian wax and an upset client. After a 504-day investigation, administrators determined that Robinson would be required to undergo mandatory sensitivity training, prior administrative review of future test questions, and classroom observation. Robinson also received a stern warning that any further “violations” of the university’s Title IX policies may result in his termination. FIRE wrote to Howard on June 16 demanding that Robinson’s sanctions be removed. Howard did not respond by the June 30 deadline.