News & Notes: Yale Spanish and Portuguese department faces anonymous allegations of discrimination| Mar 29, 2015
Yale’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese is under administrative review following anonymous allegations about the department’s academic and social environment, the Yale Daily News reported.
An anonymous letter was distributed to members of the department and university administrators on March 6. The letter, purportedly written by a group of graduate students, contained a number of complaints about the “highly negative atmosphere” in the department, including issues with curriculum, inconsistent tenure policy, communication problems and accusations of discrimination and sexual harassment.
The letter specifically alleged Spanish professorRoberto González Echevarría as the “main assailant,” accusing him of discriminatory and harassing behavior and remarks toward secretaries and female graduate students.
The letter also accuses the department of not granting tenure.
The letter does not actually specify who or how many people wrote it, although a number of students interviewed shared the concerns in the letter.