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Sexual Harrassment Case Continues to Unfold, New Students File Complaints

Contributing Writer

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 00:02

Since the work-study program is part of Student Financial Services, a sexual harassment complaint could have been filed with the specified executive vice president in the administration building. The Office for Civil Rights with the U.S. Department of Education is another option among several mentioned in the student portion of the policy.

"If there's a breakdown in following the policy then, Howard needs to make sure this doesn't happen to any other students or employees," Attorney Edwards said before adding that her clients were devastated by what happened to them.

Furthermore, another question looms in the background: When exactly did the university fire Bright-Abu after learning about the last incident in April?

When asked about his termination, Bright-Abu declined to answer without consulting his lawyer.

The university's general counsel, Norma Leftwich, also declined to discuss the case. "Unfortunately, I am unable to discuss anything about this case which is now in litigation," Leftwich responded in an email. 

Attorney Edwards said that they didn't learn that Bright-Abu was terminated until after the trial ended in July. 

"We don't have that official information yet," she said, "We're not sure exactly when he was fired." Since then, the university has not released this information. 

What is certain, though, is that within three months, the district's criminal court system had tried, convicted and imprisoned Bright-Abu.

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