College law professor is found guilty of sexual harassment because he gave students a question about a bikini wax
- Reginald Robinson was accused of sexual harassment by two students at Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2015
- They complained about a test question which described a hypothetical bikini wax
- The customer claimed to have fallen asleep and been inappropriately touched
- Robinson’s question asked if they had a legal case against the salon owner
- The students said they felt they were forced to reveal if they had ever had waxes themselves
- They also said they did not like the use of the word ‘genitals’
- Robinson must now undergo sensitivity training and have all of his test questions screened by another member of staff
Reginald Robinson was found guilty of sexual harassment by staff at Howard University
A college law professor has been found guilty of sexual harassment because he gave students a test question about a bikini wax.
Reginald Robinson included the question in a test for students at Howard University in Washington D.C. in September 2015.
It described a hypothetical situation in which a person sued a beauty salon claiming to have been touched inappropriately by a therapist after falling asleep while undergoing a bikini wax.
The hypothetical provides an extensive explanation of what a “Full Brazilian” wax entails, including the phrases “hairless from belly button to buttocks,” and “access every follicle of public hair.”
One female student said that a salon client would not sleep through a wax during the post-exam discussion, and two students filed complaints against him alleging sexual harassment and gender-based harassment.
“Any student with even the most basic understanding of the first-year topics taught almost uniformly nationwide would expect such hypothetical questions, and any law student who graduates without having encountered such a question is likely a step behind in learning the knowledge necessary to become a licensed attorney,” the foundation wrote in a June 16 letter to Howard University President Wayne Frederick.
The question asked whether a court would support the person’s claim against the salon owner as opposed to the therapist and if it would even be upheld given that the person had consented to the somewhat invasive wax on their genitals.
Two students complained to the university. claiming that the question made them feel as though they had to reveal if they had ever undergone bikini waxes themselves.
They said they did not like the use of the word ‘genitals’, according to The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
A lengthy investigation was launched and on Thursday, it concluded that Robinson was guilty of sexual harassment.
As a result, he has to undergo sensitivity training, have all of his test questions screened by another member of staff and his classes will be supervised.
The university also warned that he could face termination if other students complain about him.
The university in Washington D.C. found Robinson guilty of sexual harassment after a lengthy investigation
Robinson is outraged by the university’s decision which he said stops him from being able to properly educate students.
‘My case should worry every faculty member at Howard University, and perhaps elsewhere, who teaches in substantive areas like law, medicine, history, and literature. Why? None of these academic areas can be taught without evaluating and discussing contextual facts, especially unsavory and emotionally charged ones.
‘I also can’t prepare my students adequately for legal practice if I can’t teach them new developments and require them to read unedited, unfiltered cases,’ he said in a statement.
The university did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request on Sunday morning. A spokesman for FIRE slammed its findings.
‘Robinson’s test question clearly does not constitute sexual harassment. ‘
‘Howard’s overreaction to a simple hypothetical question is a threat to academic freedom and a professor’s ability to effectively teach students,’ they said.
The students said they felt compelled to reveal whether they had undergone bikini waxes themselves.
They are mindless idiots who take everything too personally and too emotionally.