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UCLA Graduate Students Claim Campus Officials Failed to Act on Sexual Harassment Complaints

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Two female graduate students have filed suit, alleging that UCLA officials failed to act on complaints that a history professor had sexually harassed them.

In a federal lawsuit filed last week, the students allege that Gabriel Piterberg made suggestive comments and unwanted advances — such as pressing himself against their bodies and forcing his tongue into their mouths.

University officials, the women said, urged them to keep quiet and not pursue formal investigations.

As a result, according to the lawsuit, Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Hillaire Glasgow have endured emotional distress and are fearful of returning to campus, which has damaged their studies.

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