Banning the Guilty?

Banning the Guilty?

A philosophy professor who wishes to remain anonymous writes in with the following question:

If a member of the philosophical profession has been found to have violated his or her institution’s sexual harassment and/or sexual assault policies (especially more than once), should there be any restrictions on his or her future participation in professional events, such as being a speaker at meetings of the American Philosophical Association, serving as a member of committees of national organizations, and so on?

The question is motivated by a concern to make professional meetings safer for victims (so they can attend without fear of having to confront their harasser or assailant). As far as I know, the APA does not have any policy on this, and I don’t know if any of the other philosophical societies do. Thoughts?

I’d appreciate it if we could refrain from using real-world examples from the profession’s recent history in this discussion. I’d also appreciate those who favor such a policy specifying what they have in mind. What kinds of restrictions would it impose? On whom and for what? For how long? etc.

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