A seminary is investigated for sexual harassment. Now its critics want the findings made public.

by | Jul 9, 2024 | Religion

(RNS) — As a first-year student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, Shayna Dollinger was inundated with sexual proposals from a fellow first-year student.When she complained to the associate dean of the school about the unwelcome verbal advances, she was advised to see the Title IX administrator who handles complaints of sexual harassment and assault. But that administrator advised her against launching an official investigation and suggested the associate dean speak with the student instead.
When that discussion failed to stop the harassment, Dollinger went to the dean of the school. He suggested she and her classmates confront the student and tell him his comments were inappropriate.
“It was after that conversation when I decided that I wanted to transfer because I knew that I could no longer study in an environment that put it on me and my classmates to stop this behavior,” said Dollinger, 24. “I really did not have the support that I needed.”
Dollinger left the Ziegler School — one of two Conservative movement seminaries — at the end of 2022 and enrolled in a Reform movement rabbinical school, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she recently completed her first full year.
Shayna Dollinger. (Courtesy photo)
But she did not let the matter drop. With the …

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When that discussion failed to stop the harassment, Dollinger went to the dean of the school. He suggested she and her classmates confront the student and tell him his comments were inappropriate.
“It was after that conversation when I decided that I wanted to transfer because I knew that I could no longer study in an environment that put it on me and my classmates to stop this behavior,” said Dollinger, 24. “I really did not have the support that I needed.”
Dollinger left the Ziegler School — one of two Conservative movement seminaries — at the end of 2022 and enrolled in a Reform movement rabbinical school, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she recently completed her first full year.
Shayna Dollinger. (Courtesy photo)
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