According to those who have reviewed the complaint, it includes dozens of pages of supporting documents alleging that Pogge has engaged in a long-term pattern of discriminatory conduct, including unwanted sexual advances, quid pro quo offers of letters of recommendation and other perks, employment retaliation in response to charges of sexual misconduct, and sexual assault. Included in the complaint are affidavits from former colleagues at Columbia University who attest that Pogge was accused of sexual harassment by a student in his department, and disciplined for this....
We hope that investigation of the civil rights complaint will shed further light on this matter. But bringing the complaint to resolution will be a long and complex process focused more on Yale's handling of these claims, rather than on the specific allegations against Pogge. Meanwhile, the academic community must make its own decision about how to respond in light of what has been made public. We write, then, to express our belief that the information now in the public domain — including that provided by Pogge himself in the aforementioned email correspondence — suffices to demonstrate that Pogge has engaged in behavior that violates the norms of appropriate professional conduct. Nothing is more important to our philosophical community than the trust he has betrayed. Based on the information that has been made public, we strongly condemn his harmful actions toward women, most notably women of color, and the entire academic community.--Open Letter Regarding Thomas Pogge
Has philosophy reached its Geoff* Marcy moment? I have in mind the episode about the famous astronomer who resigned once his own colleagues broke the culture of silence:
Fellow astronomers started speaking out against his [Geoff Marcy's] behavior, while some said he wasn't welcome at an academic annual gathering.
Twenty-four of his colleagues in the astronomy department at UC Berkeley called for him to leave and more than 2,500 academics signed an online petition, posted by Buzz Feed, to support people who were 'targets' of his 'inappropriate behavior' and those who have 'spoken publicly about it'.--Daily Mail
In addition, astronomers showed us how to embrace a whole bunch of (undoubtedly imperfect) norms and best practices on these matters (recall). Leaving aside the fate of Thomas Pogge, the Open Letter and these signatures continue our collective education and, thereby, help create the foundations for norm changes that will, let's hope, not betray the young women who wish to become professional philosophers; thereby we can hope to improve the quality and humanity of our collective endeavor.
*[Corrected]: I thank Filippo Contesi for catching a (repeated) typo in Geoff Marcy's name.