Affirmative action at Virginia Tech: The tail that wagged the dog

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Editor's Note: A pair of articles in the Spring 1992Academic Questions received considerable attention. Printed under the rubric “The Trivialization of Sexual Harassment,” one detailed the case of Allan Mandelstamm at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the other the case of the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Both were stories of extraordinary abuses of power by midlevel administrators who vigorously promoted charges of sexual harassment against professors wholly and obviously innocent of harassment. The following articles attempt to explain how these same two institutions reached the point where such abuses of power and violations of elemental justice became possible.

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Bauer, H.H. Affirmative action at Virginia Tech: The tail that wagged the dog. Academic Questions 6, 72–84 (1993).

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  • Sexual Harassment
  • Affirmative Action
  • Black Student
  • Department Head
  • Academic Question