are a music professor and the Music Department Chair
at Naperville University. You've been Ken Brown's
advisor for the nearly three years that he's been
at NU (he is about to finish his junior year). Early
in his studies with NU's music department, you noticed
his great potential as a vocalist, and you played
an influential part in his decision to declare a vocal
performance major. You have grown very fond of Ken
during his time at NU and enjoy working with such
a promising vocalist.
semester Ken has, to your surprise, been doing below
average work in your Advanced Music Theory class.
This class is the capstone for any type of music major.
You are concerned about his performance because it
is essential for a music major to do well in this
particular class, and more importantly, because you
know he may lose his music scholarship if his grade
doesn't improve. You also know that he won't be able
to afford to continue his college education at NU
if he doesn't have the scholarship funding.
been putting in late hours devoted to providing him
private vocal lessons. You have wanted to do anything
possible to encourage him to keep working hard, and
you've also offered to assist him with his theory
homework. You've really tried to help him along, from
putting in extra time for lessons, to helping with
his homework, to even offering to buy him a drink
one night to help him loosen up, as you've noticed
how stressed he seems lately.
know that Ken has a lot going for him given his musical
talent, especially because he is a very attractive
young man. You've told him on a number of occasions
how you are sure he has the potential to succeed in
the competitive music industry; his good looks coupled
with his vocal talent should give him an edge over
others in the field.
is one of your favorite students. You've always felt
that the two of you have an open, personable relationship.
You are hopeful that your relationship with Ken will
continue even after he graduates. You've been trying
to let Ken know how much you care about him by giving
him extra help with his theory.
were a profoundly surprised and troubled to learn
that Ken filed a sexual harassment report naming you
with the University. Now that you think back to your
recent interactions with Ken, you are beginning to
think that maybe he feels uncomfortable with the physical
closeness and contact that the two of you have had
during the private voice lessons. For instance, you
share a piano bench while sitting at the piano and
you may have occasionally touched his diaphragm to
feel for his breathing patterns. However, this happens
during the normal delivery of any voice music lesson.
The school recommended mediation, and you readily
accepted because you are anxious to keep the whole