Liam Donnelly's Conviction by Prejudice: Lessons for Harassment Policy

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On May 23, 1997, Simon Fraser University (SFU) fired swim coach Liam Donnelly with cause, for severe sexual harassment. SFU claimed his guilt had been proved by a three-person Investigative Panel which had found him guilty of numerous offenses including having sexually molested a student. Within two months SFU reversed itself, exonerating Donnelly on all the charges, SFU acknowledged problems with both the evidence and the fairness of the procedures.

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