Student harassed abroad
accuses the Learning Abroad Center of not responding adequately to her requests for help. From the Daily:
When Rachel Jamison received a full scholarship to study in Tanzania for a year, she said University officials told her to expect intense sexual harassment.
An experienced world traveler, Jamison said she thought she knew what to expect.
But repeated rape attempts, catcalls and assaults were more than she could have anticipated.
What's more, Jamison said, is that the University's Learning Abroad Center did little to help her situation. She said the LAC failed to follow the University's sexual harassment policy and told Jamison she must repay the scholarship before she can graduate.
Jamison said she wants University officials and the LAC to issue a public apology, forgive the scholarship initially awarded to her and let her graduate this spring. She also said she wants the LAC to draft a different policy regarding sexual harassment.
"To my knowledge, they either don't have one, or they don't follow it," Jamison said.
Jamison, who returned to the United States last week for safety reasons, studied in Tanzania with the International Reciprocal Student Exchange Program. The program, which is run through the LAC, awards nine University students with a scholarship for the academic year in select countries. In her initial program application, Jamison asked to go to Tanzania.
The exchange program is run through the University of Dar es Salaam, in the East African country's largest city.
The LAC issued a statement regarding Jamison's case but couldn't comment
further for legal and student confidentiality reasons. For students studying abroad, the LAC follows the same University sexual harassment policy as students studying in the United States.
The student charges further:
"I believe they're unprepared, but I also believe once they realized their actions weren't helping me, they've taken steps more to cover up what they've done, rather than protect my own safety or help me in dealing with this," Jamison said.