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Principal of Edna Manley College blasted over her handling of sexual harassment allegations at the school

Dr. Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson, Principal of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, responding to PAAC member Leslie Campbell.
 
The principal of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson, was on Wednesday questioned by Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) over her handling of allegations of sexual harassment at the institution.
 
Dr. DeGrasse-Johnson told the PAAC that the college received two letters submitted to the Board Chairman and contacted the Ministry of Education about the issue last month.
 
Prior to this, Dr. DeGrasse-Johnson said she received a verbal complaint from a member of staff two years ago about students being victims of sexual harassment.
 
She told the employee that the students should submit a written statement.
 
Dr. DeGrasse-Johnson said the employee brought back a written complaint from one of the students, which she read. She said she had planned to meet with the teacher being accused of wrongdoing, however, he was off the island at the time. 
 
PAAC member Leslie Campbell asserted that the school did not have the proper procedure instituted to have him brought before the disciplinary panel, allowing him to harass other students, which have triggered the current reports. 
 
However, Dr. DeGrasse-Johnson denied this, noting that she had brought the matter before the Vice Principal of Academic Affairs, and "because of the delicacy of that matter, when the lecturer returned to college, we had a conversation with him."
 
"At that point, I said to him, if it happened - because I didn't have anything else to work with, and he denied it - if it happened again, we would move forward; and I didn't get anything else until this year, and we did move forward," she insisted.                                   
 


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