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Philosophy Dept. Roiled by Claims of Sex Harassment to Resume Admissions

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s philosophy department will resume graduate admissions for the 2015-16 academic year. The move comes eight months after allegations of sexual harassment spurred the removal of the department’s chairman and the suspension of admissions. According to a news release from the university, the department has carried out a series of reforms that “address issues of harassment and discrimination.”

“I believe the department has had difficult conversations, worked through complicated issues of perspective and practice, and is well positioned now to accept graduate students in a better environment,” said the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Steven Leigh, in the statement.

A report by the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women shone a harsh spotlight on the department earlier this year, alleging a culture of discrimination. The plight of the department has become emblematic of women’s struggles against sexism in the discipline.

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