Edna Manley College vows to stamp out sex harassment
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Coming out of a nine-hour-long meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Management at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts is promising a zero-tolerance approach to sexual and other forms of violence.
The meeting came in light of a Sunday Gleaner exposé and subsequent reports of allegations of sexual harassment and assault implicating at least two male lecturers at the institution.
The issue has affected morale at the St Andrew-based fine arts institution.
"The Board of Management is currently investigating the allegations of sexual harassment,” a spokesperson said in a statement posted on social media.
"Students are assured of a safe space to lodge their complaints firstname.lastname@example.org."
The spokesperson said the institution is committed to the safety and well-being of its students and staff and aims to maintain a workplace and learning environment free of sexual harassment and all forms of violence.
The school’s statement came amid a petition launched by advocate Alisa Hinds seeking the intervention of the Office of the Prime Minister to have at least one offending teacher removed.
A number of past students have also launched social media petitions encouraging their peers to name their alleged perpetrators.