are a junior vocal performance major at Naperville
University. You are there on a music scholarship that
pays three quarters of your tuition; it is because
of this scholarship that you are able to afford and
stay enrolled at NU. Your grade point average must
stay at a cumulative 3.0 average in order to renew
your scholarship for your senior, and final, year.
The school is very strict about scholarship renewal
policies. You also know that a 3.0 cumulative average
depends directly upon a successful 4.0 performance
in all of your classes this semester.
are receiving "A's" in all of your classes, except
for Advanced Music Theory, in which you are currently
receiving a "C." Dr. Mary Smith is the instructor
of this class, and she is also your academic advisor.
She has been giving you private lessons and spending
a lot of extra time with you as compared with other
students. You know that she has put in far more personal
time towards helping you than is expected of her.
You have been feeling very confused about her personal
interest in you and very uncomfortable with the recent
interactions you've had with her.
you've felt that you and she have a more open and
personable relationship than most students/teachers
have, lately you think it's gone too far. She has
had far too much physical contact with you than you
feel is normal and comfortable. Frequent touching
of you has occurred in most of your recent private
lessons. She has also commented repeatedly about how
you're sure to succeed in the vocal performance industry
because of your good looks. You are disturbed by these
advances and comments because you feel she doesn't
take your hard work seriously, and that she thinks
your success is related to your physical appearance
and not your talent.
last week during a private lesson she asked you to
retrieve some aspirin from the top drawer of her desk.
You complied, but became very uncomfortable when you
had to dig around past an opened box of condoms to
find it. You feel like she intentionally wanted you
to look in that drawer. The final straw was last week
when she asked you out for a drink after your private
lesson which finished around 10 p.m. You definitely
felt that she implied that if you dated her, your
grade would improve to an "A." Now you feel it's gone
too far, and you filed a sexual harassment report
with the school. They recommended mediation, and you
agreed because you are embarrassed about the incidents
and want to keep the matter private. You also have
to continue working with Dr. Smith through your senior
year because she is the music department chair.