Northwestern University faculty and staff have petitioned the school to change its policies related to sexual assault complaints. | Taekwonweirdo | Flickr

Northwestern University faculty and staff have petitioned the school to change its policies related to sexual assault complaints. | Taekwonweirdo | Flickr

Faculty at Northwestern University are siding with an undergraduate student who filed recent lawsuits against the school and a professor calling for the administration to change how it handles reports of sexual violence.

The charge from Northwestern’s faculty comes amid the escalating national discussion over how complaints of sexual assault and harassment are handled on college campuses. Just Wednesday, the University of California-Berkeley was hit with two federal complaints by current and former students that claim the school failed its sexual assault survivors.

A group of Northwestern faculty and staff recently launched a petition urging NU’s Board of Trustees to re-examine the school’s policies and practices after what they say was “a failure of judgment” in how the school addressed the two-year-old sexual harassment complaint against philosophy professor Peter Ludlow.

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