so tw: sexual harassment I found out a few months ago through the Shitty Men in Academia list that a professor at my university sexually harassed one of his grad students. He made advances towards her, got increasingly aggressive, and when she rejected him, he tried to ruin her career. He called her a narcissist who was incapable of feelings, and essentially shit-talked her all through the department. Our field is really small--this type of thing can actually stop someone's career in its tracks. She went to the Title IX office, but there wasn't much of a response. The department didn't really do much either. There wasn't an exact date given with the story, but certain information given suggests that this was about 15 years ago. I don't have any other details than that, but I don't have any reason to doubt the story. I haven't interacted with this professor personally, mostly because he was on sabbatical and hasn't taught a class since I've been at the university. But here's the problem: next semester he's teaching a seminar that's almost exactly on the topic of my dissertation. It would be a perfect class to fulfill some of my coursework requirements. But how do I take a class from someone who took advantage of and harassed someone who trusted him, and who he was supposed to be helping and mentoring? How could I go to his office hours, knowing what I know? How could I feel comfortable taking his advice on my research? I'm disappointed in my university, and in my department for how they handled this. I don't know who I should go to for advice, or even if I should bring it up at all. I know, logically, that nothing will probably happen. For one: it's been years, and since he already has a complaint on his file, he probably knows that another one would result in him losing his job. So he's probably watching his step now. For another: although his actions definitely show evidence of some deep-seated misogyny, even creeps don't want to date every woman that they come across. So he's not particularly likely to pursue me. But I'm still scared, and frustrated, and a little sick over it. Part of me wants to not take the class as some sort of boycott, but I'd kind of be shooting myself in the foot.I shouldn't jeopardize myself and my research because he did something wrong, right? But it feels disrespectful to the woman he harassed to take his class, too. But I don't want to let some dude's shitty actions chase me out of my field, and keep me from doing the good work that I know I can do. I talked about this a bit with my s.o., but I still feel like I need some outside perspectives. Help? Please?