Tennessee Student Accused of Sexual Harassment Because He Wrote Instructor's Name Wrong

Student had no idea 'Sarah Jackson' was a pornographic model.

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A University of Tennessee student committed sexual harassment, according to his professor, because he wrote his lab instructor's name incorrectly: he inadvertently wrote the name of a pornographic model instead.

As punishment, the student received a grade of zero on an assignment.

But the student, Keaton Wahlbon, says the mistake was just that: a mistake. He had never even heard of the model in question—he had simply chosen a name at random.

Confused? Let me explain. Wahlbon is enrolled in Professor Bill Deane's earth science class. Recently, Deane gave the class a quiz, and one of the questions was, "What is your lab instructor's name? (if you don't remember, make something good up)." The lab instructor is a kind of teaching assistant, and indeed, Wahlbon couldn't remember her name. So he wrote in "Sarah Jackson."

"I picked a random generic name," said Wahlbon in an interview with Reason.

But "Sarah Jackson" is apparently the name of a pornographic model. When Wahlbon got the quiz back, his answer was marked "inappropriate" and he had received a grade of zero.

"I had no idea it was the name of a nude model," said Wahlbon.

Wahlbon emailed Deane, asking him to reverse the instructor's decision. In his email, Wahlbon raised some very good points: specifically, that "Sarah Jackson" is a very common name, and the top Google search results for the name weren't even inappropriate. (As a reminder, the question had even supplied the clearly-misleading instruction: "make something good up.")

Screenshots of the quiz and email are available at Total Frat Move, which first reported this story.

Deane's reply was disappointing.

"Dear Keaton," he wrote. "I have no way of determining your intention. I can only consider the result. The result is that you gave the name of Sarah Jackson, who is a lingerie and nude model. That result meets with Title IX definition of sexual harassment. The grade of zero stands and will not be changed."

Emphasis mine. According to the professor, sexual harassment requires no intention whatsoever on the part of the transgressor to give offense. It is a radically subjective crime—one could be guilty of it and have absolutely no idea.

Of course, it's no accident that Deane thinks this. The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, which is responsible for ensuring Title IX compliance, has given universities erroneous information about the definition of sexual harassment. Administrators at many campuses are now thoroughly convinced that they could lose federal funding for failing to investigate even the most absurd accusations. Just yesterday, I wrote about a student at Columbia University who was called before the Gender-Based Misconduct Office because one of his classmates objected to a remark he had made: he referred to himself as handsome.

Wahlbon tells me that he plans to appeal to the head of Tennessee's natural sciences department. I hope that someone in a position of authority at the university has the common sense to realize that the student did nothing wrong—other than failing to remember his instructor's name. He could be marked down for answering that specific question incorrectly, but he shouldn't receive a zero—and he absolutely shouldn't have to worry that he inadvertently committed sexual harassment.

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  1. Isn’t the real story here that the lab instructor is a porn addict?

    1. Addict is such a strong word. Is Robby a frushi addict? Enthusiast is more appropriate.

      1. I like to think of myself as a connoisseur.

        1. When it comes to hair product, on the other hand, “addict” might not be a strong enough word.

          1. I like to think of it terms of use or abuse. Robby is currently a user of hair products, but he has abuser tendencies that might one day come to the fore.

            1. ‘”I don’t like the word ‘addict’ because it has terrible connotations,” Root says one day, as they are sunning themselves on the afterdeck. “Instead of slapping a label on you, the Germans would describe you as ‘Morphiums?chtig.’ The verb, suchen means to seek. So that might be translated, loosely, as ‘morphine seeky’ or even more loosely as ‘morphine-seeking.’ I prefer ‘seeky’ because it means that you have an inclination to seek morphine.”

              ‘”What the fuck are you talking about?” Shaftoe says.

              ‘”Well, suppose you have a roof with a hole in it. That means it is a leaky roof. It’s leaky all the time?even if it’s not raining at the moment. But its only leaking when it happens to be raining. In the same way, morphine-seeky means that you always have this tendency to look for morphine, even if you are not looking for it at the moment. But I prefer both of them to ‘addict,’ because they are adjectives modifying Bobby Shaftoe instead of a noun that obliterates Bobby Shaftoe.”

              1. [nods and does another line of sculpting mousse]

              2. You shined a light on this issue brighter than a Galvanick Lucifer.

              3. +1 One of my favorite books!

                “Seeky”

        2. What kind of porn?

      2. “Mitch was a drug enthusiast”. – Doug Stanhope

    2. Exactly. If the first thing that pops into your head when you see “Sarah Jackson” is “porn star”, I don’t think its the student who has the problem.

      But this is a perfect illustration of the “offensive uber alles” escalation of unknowable subjective responses to policy or even legal violations.

      1. At this point, are there any common names that can’t be associated with porn? Especially if “porn star” is defined as someone who once did nude and/or lingerie shots? That’s like 10% of the worldwide female population now.

        1. 35%, if you go to school in Eastern Europe. 😉

      2. Yeah, if you know who the fuck is the 6,290th most popular porn actress in the world (actual ranking per xnxx.com), and you think the person who used that name was thinking of this non-attractive virtually unknown MILF porn actress — some world class projection.

        Hell, I’ve consumed a boatload of porn, and I had no idea who she was.

        1. I put “Sarah Jackson” in google and I get a Michigan women’s soccer player, an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, a South African singer/ songwriter, a Canadian artist, who first became known for her sculptures……

          Ok, if you get 4 Sarah Jacksons deep and it doesn’t say “porn star” anywhere, the professor is wrong and the kid is right.

          Clicking on “Images” gives a listing dominated by a pretty young lady in lingerie – nothing pornographic or even nude for several pages.

          No, I don’t think the professor is correct in any way. In fact, it sounds like someone is in need of some serious mental help.

          1. I suspect that applies to a disproportionately large percentage of college professors [being overly knowledgeable about identities of porn stars, and in need of mental help].

    3. My best friend’s sister makes $97 an hour on the internet . She has been out of a job for six months but last month her check was $14750 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go this website and Go to tech tab to start your work… http://tinyurl.com/zp242lj

      1. This spambot has a porn star’s name.

        1. Inappropriate!

        2. “Spambot” is in of itself a pornstar name. I’m sure she’s really a quite lovely person, but the things she does with spam and robots and robots made with spam and spiced, mashed up robot parts are really quite horrifying after you’ve ejaculated to them.

    4. That was my thought. How the fuck would the instructor even know, unless he was quite familiar with porn actresses?

      1. Makes you wonder why he hired that particular lab assistant.

      2. Shit, *I* am quite familiar with porn actresses and I have never heard the name Sarah Jackson.

        1. I just looked her up. She’s pretty average, no reason why anyone would recognize the name. Not like Tera Patrick.

          -jcr

      3. And this name didn’t strike me as offensive

        signed,

        Johnny Wadd

        1. Neither did I.

          Signed,

          Dick Bones

          1. Buster Hymen.

      4. And would admit to knowing it was the name of a pornstar. If I had a student due that I’d chuckle in private and never, ever mention why it was funny.

        1. You’re probably a grown-up, that’s why. We are all children now, don’t you know? And victims. Whining and taking offense are signs of strength now.

    5. No. This was something in the long list of possible infractions the school maintains, so it was flagged and acted on, probably without much thought behind it.

    6. The correct term is ‘masturbation enthusiast’.

    1. Rocks are a natural resource, so…

      1. They won’t be so smug once we reach peak rock.

        1. Didn’t that happen some time in the 80s?

          1. No. That was Led Zeppelin.

        2. LOL!!! Thanks.

    2. There’s nothing liberal about Title IX.

      1. A reminder that the entirety of Title IX, verbatim, is:

        “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

        There technically is no such thing as a Title IX definition of sexual harassment.

        1. But even if he had given “Marilyn Chambers”, exactly how is this supposed to be sexual harassment? He’s not talking to the lab assistant. He’s not even seriously talking about the lab assistant, if this story is to be believed.

          He’s “making up something good”. At that point, if it is a name of anyone at all, it should be the professor’s responsibility.

          “Pol Pot”, “Hitler”, “Josef Mengele” or “Albert Fish” would all be equally valid – and should be much more insulting to boot. (google that last one….. yikes)

    3. Someone insert a better “rocks off” joke than I can think of here.

      1. I think you got it covered. *insert….rocks off.

  2. Keaton Wahlbon

    Hasn’t he suffered enough?

  3. My best friend’s sister makes $97 an hour on the internet . She has been out of a job for six months but last month her check was $14750 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go this website and Go to tech tab to start your work… http://tinyurl.com/zp242lj

    1. Is her name… Sarah Jackson?

  4. The result is that you gave the name of Sarah Jackson, who is a lingerie and nude model.

    A professor wrote this. Someone who’s job is a professional educator.

    1. Are you micro-invalidating their grammar skills?

      1. No, I’m macro-invalidating his critical thinking skills.

      2. Since a microaggression is literally one-millionth of an aggression
        and there were at least a million web hits of other Sarah Jacksons,
        this is clearly a micro aggression of the first order.

    2. This is a conflict that ought no time to be settled through knowledge of the law, but rather through one’s skills with a tire iron in the parking lot.

  5. I’d like to think that this professor took this step to highlight the absurdity of this policy.

    Besides, what do you do if your lab instructor really does share a name with a porn star? Also, it’s not like, in this case, her name was Candi B. Suxx or something like that – it was common first name, common last name.

    1. If it was to make a point he’s creating an actual victim needlessly.

      Granted, the extent of the harm is just a zero on a test or quiz, but it’s unnecessary harm.

      The kid ought to find some non-porn Sarah Jacksons and get them to file a complaint for equating their name.with porn. He could also, I suppose, file his own Title IX complaint based on the gender-based micro-aggression.

      1. I don’t think lying about his grade counts as a micro-aggression. That would be an actual aggression-aggression.

  6. Why do you have to memorize teaching assistants names in order to pass an Earth science class?

    What other stupid questions does this professor ask?

    Once again my opinion of college goes down.

      1. Sarah Jackson?

        1. +1 elephant

          1. AAAGH. THERE ARE FOUR ELEPHANTS!

            I just can’t even . . . .

            1. There was once a fifth…

    1. What other stupid questions does this professor ask?

      What world leader do you most admire?

      1. Prime Minister Leg Tingle

        1. Long Dong Silver.

      2. Big Dick Rambone.

        1. Biggus Dickus? Incontinentia Buttocks? Naughtius Maximus?

    2. Usually we ask this question when there’s evidence the student has never been in the room. You’d be surprised at the number of students who don’t even know the gender of their instructors or TA’s because they’ve never been to class and don’t understand why they’re failing.

      On the other hand, my first question to the professor is ‘how do you know the name of a porn star, especially when I didn’t?’

  7. So how was the professor so quick to recognize the name of a pornstar? I wonder. I guess it will just remain a mystery.

    1. Hell, *I* didn’t recognize the name, and I…never mind.

      If this appeal came to me, I would be meeting with the professor and looking for a way to climb down. I think somebody has taken their compliance training way too seriously.

      1. I didn’t recognize the name.

        I just plugged the name into IAFD, and i’m still drawing a complete blank. How in holy fuck anyone would assume that name is a “porn star” is completely beyond me. Its not like her name is Ivana Suczkokalot.

      2. Who cares about the *names* of porn stars anyway.

        1. Porn stars have names?

  8. . I hope that someone in a position of authority

    Don’t we all, Robby, don’t we all…

  9. Deane sounds like a real dick. Does that violate Title IX?

  10. No, this is a joke, right? No sentient human being could seriously be claiming that calling someone “Sarah Jackson” is sexual harassment, could they? Robbie’s just pulling our legs, right? Right?

  11. OTOH, The lab instructors at the University of Tennessee must be truly impressive if the students can’t even remember their real names.

    1. When your lab instructor is a porn star, it’s going to be hard to forget.

        1. For a little while, at least. Then, after 20 minutes or so, it can be hard again.

          1. Seek medical help if it remains hard for more than 3 hours.

  12. So I think the professor is guilty of slut-shaming. What’s wrong with being a lingerie and nude model?

    1. Having no way of determining your intention, why stop there? I can only consider his resulting message to be “Don’t be sexist, be racist.” Lil’ Timmy Niggar it is. Lesson learned.

  13. Any way, Title IX prohibits universities from discriminating on the basis of sex. It doesn’t actually have anything to do with students independently harassing someone.

    1. I bet the DOEd has a different opinion on that.

      1. Obama’s DOE does, which of course has nothing to do with what the statute actually says.

    2. I think it’s a Title IX violation if the professor does not punish such behavior, hostile learning environment and whatnot.

      1. Title IX doesn’t actually say that though, it’s just an “interpretation” by Obama’s DOE which leftist colleges are only too happy to go along with.

        1. Somehow, the school’s obligation not to discriminate became an obligation to punish students for notionally offensive speech.

        2. The Viles are certainly leftist hill billies.

  14. I’m sure from this day forward he’ll never forget the name of the lab instructor, Sarah Choksondik.

    1. I was just wondering if he thought to search the lab instructor’s real name to see if any porn stars popped up (so to speak).You could probably find naked pictures of somebody with just about any name on the internet.

    2. Or his RA, Maryjane Rottencrotch.

  15. Porn stars are allowed to have names?

  16. Having trouble typing the alt-text one-handed, Robby?

  17. * googles ‘Sarah Jackson’ *

    Hey – she lives right down the street!

  18. OT: New York Times 4/10/1994 “In previous returns, when Mr. Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas and his wife was a partner in a Little Rock law firm, the Clintons had gone so far as to deduct $2 for underwear donated to charities. The deduction was ridiculed by comedians and pundits, and the White House did not itemize the Clintons’ $17,000 in charitable contributions on the 1993 return.”

    1. Oh, I get it… lol… the Clintons were such sticklers for accuracy and transparency, their transgression is $2… whereas that other guy’s transgression…

    2. Donated underwear?

      [runs in fear of SugarFree’s inspiration]

      1. DON’T GIVE HIM IDEAS!

  19. I’ll give the student props for self-restraint. My email would have been dripping with saracasm and ridicule. I’d start by accusing the professor of being a porn addict, then I’d list off all the other Sarah Jackson’s that turn up in news stories that are not in fact nude models. Then I’d wrap things up by tell him what real porn names look like and speculate about what the professor’s porn name would be, which would consist of mostly tiny dick jokes and allusions to the professor’s various philias that I suspect he has.

    1. “Huh. I used my pet goat’s name. Are you saying that when you see the name of a goat, you immediately start thinking about sex? I’m trying to be open-minded here, but you’re not making it easy.”

    2. It doesn’t seem like the professor knew there was a Sarah Jackson porn star. The TA did, and she graded it. The student then complained to the professor, who then told him to fuck off.

  20. “Could you repeat that, Professor Cumguzzler?”

  21. He could be marked down for answering that specific question incorrectly, but he shouldn’t receive a zero?and he absolutely shouldn’t have to worry that he inadvertently committed sexual harassment.

    What about the teachers FEELINGS?! Did you think of that, smart guy??

    Thank god he didn’t use the wrong pronouns though. That would be grounds for instant expulsion for the little cisgendered shitlord.

    //sarc

  22. sexual harassment requires no intention whatsoever on the part of the transgressor to give offense.

    This is true in corporate America as well (just completed my training a week or so ago).

    1. Intent only matters when you’re of the same ideological stripe as whoever is investigating the matter, and then it’s explained as whatever is least likely to result in punishment.

  23. College instructor here. I’ve gone through Title IX training. Our Title IX training HR dude basically treated it as a bunch of BS but told us we needed to pay attention in order to protect our jobs. There is nothing in Title IX that says you have to fail a student and I would never do so. However if the TA felt that it was sexual harassment we have to report that to the Title IX office no, ifs ands, or buts.

    In fact our training was the complete opposite of this bozo prof. We are not the arbiters of what constitutes sexual harassment we are supposed to leave that to the “professionals.”

    1. If it’s not left to the “professionals” they might not get to keep their jobs.

  24. So Robby just googled “slutty teacher” to find the article illo, right?

    1. And that’s the best he could come up with? Robby continues to disappoint us.

      1. Best or merely first?

        Maybe Katherine doesn’t want him scrolling through “slutty teacher” pics all day.

        Personally, I would have gone with a screen-cap from Van Halen’s 1984 video “Hot For Teacher.”

        1. Maybe Katherine doesn’t want him scrolling through “slutty teacher” pics all day.

          She would if the story involved sex robots.

  25. So, the student had no idea who Sarah Jackson is, but the professor did? I had no idea that that was the name of a nude model. Has anyone asked how the prof knew this off of the top of his head?

    1. It looks like the TA knew, not the professor. The student complained to the professor because the TA gave him a 0.

      1. The correct response, in context, would be to give the student his actual grade, and report the TA to the Gender Equity Office of othering sex workers.

  26. If you grant the incredibly stupid assertion that writing the name constitutes sexual harassment, then isn’t a zero on a single assignment pretty lenient punishment for sexually harassing someone? I don’t think there’s a single university in the country where sexual harassment doesn’t, at minimum, either involve going before some kind of review board/council or escalating the matter to an administrator to review.

    I think that the professor here doesn’t even believe this bullshit and there’s some other, still just as stupid, reason for doling out the punishment.

    1. “I’ll give him whatever grade you want, Sarah honey.”

  27. {Cue sound of 100 libertarians frantically unzipping trousers with one hand while Googling and Binging “Sarah Jackson” with the other.}

    1. I prefer yahoo image and video when not using duckduckgo. And I wear slacks, not trousers. And I unzip my slacks casually, not frantically. And when I’m doing my business, I type my search queries with my penis, not one hand.

      So many assumptions.

      1. For some of us that leads to a serious problem with “fat finger” typeos.

        Just sayin’

    2. You’re gonna be disappoint. She’s kinda homely for a porn actress.

  28. Do any journalists, upon finding a story like this, ever contact the college president or members of the board of regents, board of governors or whoever is in nominal charge of the joint and ask the officials what they think about the incident?

  29. Wikipedia seems to be on the boy’s side.

  30. She’s not even a pornstar from what google image is telling me. She’s just a model that makes appearances in the JC Penny catalog, so I really have to wonder how the fuck he recognized the name. The only people who should no those types of models by name are photographers that worked with them in the past 5 hours, or pubescent boys with no access to quality spank material.

    1. Pretty sure even the guys perusing the JC Penny catalog wouldn’t know the name. Even Victoria’s Secret didn’t print the names.

    2. According to the comments on TotalFratMove, there is a Sarah Jackson porn star whose page on a major porn database has two videos and less than 1,000 views.

      1. * Had * less than 1,000 views.

      2. Which tells me it’s all of 400 people who have even seen her.

  31. Um, which part of Title IX defines this as sexual harassment? Seriously, I would like to know the reasoning behind that.

    1. The “fear of losing your job because of a witch hunt” clause

  32. “He could be marked down for answering that specific question incorrectly”

    A question which asked him to “make something good up”?

    Now, I don’t know why a science test is asking the student to make something good up, but that *was* the question, and on what grounds can Mr. Suave say the answer is wrong?

    Because what he made up wasn’t good?

    1. Perhaps he could get marked down for actually forcing the professor to get involved in grading papers?

      I mean, he has people for that!

  33. To clarify – it seems that the lab instructor herself is the one who knew there was a Sarah Jackson who was a porn star. She gave the student a 0, and then he complained to the professor. I don’t think the professor knew, but he reacted like a jackass either way.

    So the instructor is either a huge porn addict, or she did an in-depth Google to find a Sarah Jackson to get outraged about.

    1. As a prof I would have to report this incident if the TA felt sexually harassed. But I would not have to fail the student. It is stupid but this prof went above and beyond even what he had to do.

      1. See, I would report the TA for othering sex workers.

      2. I wonder what the relationship is between the prof and the TA.

    2. My guess is the instructor didn’t know ahead of time, but Google’d the name. I’m not doing that, so I don’t know what comes up as the first hit.

      1. See above. “Porn star” is not on the first page of google.

        1. You have to Google “Sarah Jackson porn star”. “Sarah Jackson” gets everyone but the porn star.

    3. it seems that the lab instructor herself is the one who knew there was a Sarah Jackson who was a porn star.

      That’s not surprising. SJWs are all closet perverts.

      -jcr

    4. The latter would be my guess.

  34. How are there 80-plus comments and no one has asked the most relevant question: what was the instructor’s *actual* name?

    1. Sasha Gray

    2. Ironically, her real name is Felicity Shagwell.

    3. Linda Lovelace.

    4. Ivana Humpalot.

    5. Celeste Guap.

    6. Pussy Galore.

      1. Alotta Fagina

      1. Fukmi Jen-li

  35. I think the instructor set up the initial question in jest, but either quickly realized or had it pointed out to him that he was treading a fine line concerning the female TAs. So he picked a student to shift attention onto and unloaded.

  36. This sounds a bit like entrapment.

    If you’re the kind of educator who is easily outraged by offensive names, you really should ask students to make up names and make sure the made-up names are “good.”

    1. you really should *not* ask students to make up etc.

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    ……………. http://www.BuzzNews10.com

    1. Bryce and Samuel? Yeah, I’m reporting those names.

    2. Must be aliens — a Peugeot? Srsly?

  38. I have no way of determining your intention. I can only consider the result

    If only this were the standard applied to legislation.

    Like that “health care” one, for instance.

    1. I have no way of determining your intention. I can only consider the result

      The relevant result is not “was anyone offended.” The relevant result is “would a reasonable person have been offended.”

      Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.

      Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.

        1. Except the EEOC doesn’t have jurisdiction over college students.

          1. No, but that’s the legal standard for sexual harassment. If OCR has a different standard that they apply just to college students, I’m not aware of it.

            If the OCR standard is “we take any complaint of sexual harassment as valid, period, full stop, and sanction accordingly”, then I hope they get buried in complaints from white males.

      1. So you can bash one someone for being old right up until their 40th birthday?

  39. Well, I took it upon myself to do a little research, and yeah, not seeing how this guy’s first reaction to the name Sarah Jackson is “porn star!!” Her ranking on XVideos is #4942. She’s not exactly a big name.

    1. It’s worse than that. Her world ranking is 11,445. She’s not even in the top TEN THOUSAND porn actresses. And there’s a more popular swimsuit model with that name.

  40. In myconsidered opinion, Professor Deane is guilty of libel, and should be taken to court for it.

  41. So…. How many other of you just googled “Sarah Jackson”?

    1. Well i just did, and to my surprise = the person who comes up as the “lingerie model” isn’t the same as the porn-star

      its just a super generic name, and i suppose the underwear model gets the #1 hit on google because… well, underwear model.

      1. The underwear model is like, #1, #2, #3, etc. in Google Images, but in regular Google, not so much.

      2. Racy stuff. She really needs to cover the tramp stamp if she’s going to model Mormon-approved swimwear.

      3. The first thing that came up on DuckDuckGo is a sculptor.

    2. Not me. If you’re looking for porn, Bing does a better job.

  42. I’m sorry but I think “Sarah Jackson” is a pretty specific and sexy name for this to be an innocent mistake.

    1. This happened at “at an event designed to enhance the ‘profile and perception’ of female officers.”

      1. “Do you have what it takes to be a police constable? We only accept the breast of the breast!”

        1. “I mean, we need to keep abreast of the ever-changing needs of law enforcement.”

      2. So, did they finally decide who had the best ‘profile’?

  43. Sarah Jackson won’t tell you her real name but she will show you her butthole for a dollar.

  44. Why did the name “Sarah Jackson” cause the instructor to think of models exhibiting their bodies, instead of thinking about this fine lady?

    “Sarah J. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, USA. Her research examines the construction of social identities in national debates about citizenship, inequality, and social change. Jackson’s research has appeared in The International Journal of Press Politics and Feminist Media Studies.”

    1. For what it is worth, a quick search under “Sarah Jackson” on Linkdin reveals the following people: an IT Solutions Design Manager; a Healthcare Business Development Manager; Talent Acquisition Manager; a Buying & Creation Manager; a Franchise Account Manager; a Senior Recruiter; and, the founder of Verdant Ethiopia, a charity. Not a porn star among them.

      1. Or President Andrew Jackson’s daughter-in-law, one Sarah Jackson.

  45. If I was the student I would be filing an immediate counterclaim against the professor. How exactly does he know that Sarah Jackson is a nude model?

    1. The administration will back up the Professor. The student will be gone in a few years anyway. What needs to be done is to get this into the school newspaper. Unfortunately, it’s probably run by SJWs, so they’d side with injustice the establishment too.

  46. I would have to ask how the professor knew it was the name of a porn actress and why did he associate it’s use with the porn actress?

  47. IT’S A STUPID QUESTION FROM A STUPID BITCH TOO STUPID TO TEACH ANY KIND OF SCIENCE. There. The microaggressions I felt triggered my toxic masculinity. I feelz better now.

  48. Might as well get use to it. It is just as bad in some workplaces. And when the snowflakes hit the workforce katy bar the door.

  49. What kind of professor has an encyclopedic knowledge of lingerie models? Creepy as all fuck.

    1. I was thinking the same thing: the fact that the professor apparently knew that “Sarah Jackson” is the name of an “adult model” is the weirder thing. Actually, I would think knowing that could be interpreted as sexual harassment on the part of t the professor. Makes about as much sense anyway.

    2. It wasn’t the professor who gave the zero, it was the lab TA. It seems likely that she googled all the incorrect responses.

  50. the student did nothing wrong?other than failing to remember his instructor’s name.

    Failing to remember the lab assistant’s name is sexual harassment. Of course, remembering her name would also be considered sexual harassment because if means you’re probably a stalker.

    Oh hell, let’s just make this easy: if you’re a cis-gendered heterosexual male shitlord, you’re guilty of sexual harassment.

    1. You have been obviously been studying your 2016/17 guidebook. while you got the answers correct, I have to give you a 45% for being male-centric.

  51. It would be hilarious if the TA’s name was the name of a porn actress. If it’s a remotely common name, that could be possible.

  52. That TA should not be a TA anymore.

    1. Isn’t T&A sexual harassment?

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  56. The fact that the professor knows the name of an obscure lingerie/nude model says all you need to know about him. Clearly he’s a pervert who’s projecting. Sounds like he’s the one who needs to be brought up on sexual harassment charges.

  57. besides…worst case scenario he’s meant it, it’s still a compliment. it’s legitimate theatre. and she’s not just a bit player, she’s a STAR!

  58. There has to be something left out (Reason DOES do that more often than they should for the clicks). Were the A’s in Sarah drawn as breasts or something?

    If there were no circumstances left out, I’d have a hard time choosing between ball peen or a claw…..

  59. Perehaps he should have attributed the TA’s name as “Fucky MacFuckerston”.

    /same result

  60. Good thing the name wasn’t “Sarah Connor”.

    /Aaaaaahhhhhnold.

  61. A good defense at his Kangaroo Scramble would be to bring in the top hundred Google returns for Sarah Jackson, in order, and put them in front of his accuser. Then demand his accuser decide WHICH Sarah Jackson was in view by the student, then ON WHAT GROUNDS he asserts it was THAT one and not THIS one. He would have to make the assertion with a preponderance of evidence. In other words, he MUST provide some basis in reality as to WHY the Sarah Jackson he selects (I’m still referring to the stupid trouble-mongering “prof” here) is the one the student had in view, and why the student did NOT have any of the others in view.

    And THIS is what college tuition is paying for these days? Hmph. Maybe a better plan would be to learn Mandarin, teach your kids Mandarin, then send them off to a four year university in China.

    1. It shouldn’t be “Title IX violation” even if he guessed the lab chick’s name was Candy Samples

      1. He should have addressed the prof as “Dr. Ron Jeremy” to show that he doesn’t discriminate.

    2. Maybe, but you’d better make certain the kid doesn’t say he’s handsome in class.

  62. It’s not clear from the post, but if you look at the link to the original story, was the TA who gave the zero. The professor merely backed her up.

    I would bet money this is how the scenario played out:

    1. Professor gets message from student about the 0.
    2. Professor asks TA why she gave him a 0.
    3. TA goes on rant about white male privilege and brings up Title IX.
    4. Professor shits pants about the possibility of a Title IX inquisition.
    5. Professor crafts the most even-handed response possible to make the student go away and not get on the TA’s bad side.

    This is complete bullshit on several levels; it seems unlikely that zero grades are spelled out as valid punishments for claimed Title IX violations in the student handbook or in the course syllabus. I feel for the prof as he’s caught between the rock of procedural fights over grades and the hard place of awakening the Title IX monster.

  63. “I can only consider the result. The result is that you gave the name of Sarah Jackson, who is a lingerie and nude model.”

    That “who is” is the precise problem with professors statement. The name belongs to dozens of people. The teacher just chose that particular one. And this is not a household name that can dependably be assumed is the exact one they mean. I have never heard of this person. I doubt many have.

    1. Jackson is to Tennessee what Young is to Utah.

  64. I couldn’t help googling Sarah Jackson. I can say she looks good in her underwear, but I didn’t find anything that you wouldn’t see in a Sears catalog.

    I would like this professor to explain how he knows so much about Sarah Jackson (the so called lingerie and nude model) and for that matter, what is so shameful about the female form.

  65. So the TA is slut-shaming Sarah Jackson for being a porn star?

  66. What kind of stupid fkn quiz was this anyway? Holy shit, no wonder American is graduating a bunch of fkn retards. The Chinese are going to eat our lunches.

  67. Universities are centers of bureaucratic power and derp.

  68. Only in America can people be so utterly STUPID.

    What concerns me more is that the professor knew that this was the name of a porno star!!!!

  69. “I have no way of knowing your intention…”
    And like any good legal system, when you have no way of knowing if a person is guilty of an offense, you just say “fuck-it” and go with guilty.

  70. As always, if it sounds too bizarre, there is probably more to the story.

    Perhaps the assistant happens to look like “Sarah Jackson” and this has been a meme circulating since day one. Perhaps the student is professing false ignorance of this to save his grade, but was actually an active participant in the “hey our lab assistant looks like a porn star meme, so lets giggle behind her back constantly like the 19 year old putzes we are”

  71. Indeed, a scary world we live in.

  72. Wasn’t Andrew Jackson from Tennessee?

  73. The the intent did not matter, then Universities could keep a catalog of anything that could conceivably be considered “sexual harassment”, then anything that might fit, regardless of the source, would be punished. I’m sure it would not be applied equally. Seriously, this is the road to becoming a police state or worse.

  74. “Wahlbon tells me that he plans to appeal to the head of Tennessee’s natural sciences department. ”
    nuts to that! appeal to the court system. I will bet his future that some female somewhere in the universe has put down the name of a model somewhere without title IX abuse. The only thing I have ever read that gets reality injected into this campus madness is a huge dollar lawsuit, backed by a deep pocket free speech / academic freedom organization. Consider that the college record will follow him the rest of his life, decreasing his employablilty, and income even if employed, several hundreds of millions is not out of line.
    After all, it is clear that he was just extremely careless.

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