Ateneo to look into sexual harassment allegations against faculty members


Posted at Jun 27 2020 10:25 PM

MANILA--Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) on Saturday said it was verifying social media posts on sexual harassment allegations involving faculty members.

"We are saddened by recent social media posts of reported incidents of sexual harassment by certain members of the faculty..." Dr. Maria Elissa Lao, chairperson of ADMU's gender and development focal point committee, said in a statement.

"We assure our students that we are here to listen and support anyone who has experienced harassment," she added.

The Jesuit-run institution urged anyone who has any information on the matter to report to the University Gender and Development Focal Point or the Loyola Schools Gender Hub, adding it will ensure their safety and well-being.

"We assure the public that the University prioritizes the safety and welfare of our students and the entire Ateneo community," Lao said.

"We are committed to institutionalize reforms to ensure that our University is a safe space for all."

In 2019, ADMU president Fr. Jett Villarin apologized after the university was criticized for alleged inaction on the number of sexual harassment claims involving some of its professors.

Students have staged rallies, prompting ADMU to fire faculty members who allegedly made advances toward students.