Update: broken link fixed.
Those of you who might remember reading about this incident earlier this year might be wondering if anything ever happened with it, or if it fell by the wayside like the incident before.
Well, it's time for an update.
I had not heard anything for a long time (couple of months, give or take a week), so I decided recently to check up with the higher-ups I'd been dealing with all along. (For those of you who are thinking that there is at least one fatal flaw in this scenario, it gets worse. Read on.)
I can't really go into details (of course not!), but I will say the following, based on my (very bizarre) conversation with the higher-ups:
* The higher-ups have actually had some...information...on what happened. For, oh, almost as long as I haven't heard from them.
* If what they're telling me is correct, there's not a complete story yet, but at least one person has come forward with some information about what happened. S/he was at least an accomplice.
* The student who came forward is not a disgruntled former student, but that doesn't really rule out anything yet.
* The student who came forward is "a model student, a pillar of the community, a real nice kid", etc. etc.
During the conversation, it was very clear to me that they were not planning on sharing this information with me voluntarily--unless I asked (or, maybe, until it was "too late to do anything"). It was also made very clear to me that the higher-ups do not want to pursue this. The theme was nice student, bad choice, s/he apologized to one of the deans, now isn't that enough? let's all forget this ever happened, mmmkay?
Um. No. Because the fact remains that there was at least one student who LEFT A HARRASSING MESSAGE ON A PROFESSOR'S VOICEMAIL. And the last time I checked, doing so was clearly against college policy (and possibly employment law too?). And because this is has happened to me multiple times now, and each time there is some excuse not to do anything. So I really don't care if this student is the second coming of Mother Teresa--s/he screwed up and there need to be some consequences, somehow.
So now I have more upcoming conversations with the higher-ups, and I'm sure they will really put the pressure on to not do anything about this. I don't want to let this go, but I'm not sure how to proceed. Should I be talking to senior women for advice, or talking to the campus lawyer? (For reasons I can't go into, talking to a diversity dean/ombudsperson is not possible.) Should someone in the administration not involved in this be made aware of what's happening? How hard should I push? What should I push for? Or is there no hope, and should I just give up and slink away and continue to cringe everytime I see the "message waiting" light on my phone?
Any advice, O Internets?