It has recently come to the Evolution Institute’s attention that Robert Kurzban, an associate editor to our online magazine This View of Life (TVOL), has been accused of sexual misconduct by two former students at University of Pennsylvania. In response to these allegations, EI and TVOL are suspending our association with Kurzban pending the outcome of his university’s investigation.
The Evolution Institute does not tolerate discrimination within the organization, including sexual misconduct in the workplace. Federal guidelines and case law define sexual harassment as including “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” not only when the conduct is made as a condition of employment (“quid pro quo” harassment), but when the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
The Evolution Institute takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously. Any allegations of harassment within the organization will be investigated immediately, and EI will take the actions necessary to ensure that these investigations are carried out fairly and effectively. Any employee, supervisor, manager, or associate advisor who is found to have violated EI’s anti-harassment policy or procedures may be subjected to appropriate disciplinary action, regardless of if these allegations occurred within the parameters of the organization.