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SHORTHORN: UTA professor leads sexual misconduct investigation team

According to Catherine Robert’s study, less than 0.08% of Texas educators are investigated for some form of sexual misconduct. The educational leadership and policy studies assistant professor said even this number is too high. 

With a $301,000 grant from the Office of the Texas Governor in the spring, Robert is leading and collaborating with a team that analyzes the demographics, certification and employment histories of educators who commit sexual misconduct, providing instructional material for incoming teachers. 

“Our work is helping people understand the patterns of behavior,” she said. “We’re looking at people who have been sanctioned, we’re looking at how many times do they move in their career.” 

It is estimated that as many as one in 10 students will experience some form of sexual misconduct during their time in primary school, Robert said. It is possible that a teacher can be fired from a school for misconduct only to be rehired by another district if the firing district did not report the misconduct. 

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Catherine Robert, educational leadership and policy studies assistant professor, in her classroom Aug. 21 at Trimble Hall. With a grant from the Office of the Texas Governor, Robert is leading a team to investigate the patterns of educators who commit sexual misconduct.