A former and current student at Boston University have filed a lawsuit alleging a professor sexually harassed them and that the school did not act on their complaints, reports said.
Boston University student Erin Shyr, 21, and New England Conservatory student Maria Currie, 22, filed the suit claiming music professor Eric Ruske sexually harassed the women through texts and email, and in person, Boston.com reported.
Ruske, an award-winning French horn player, has taught at the university since 1990 and was 50 years old when he instructed the students, the Boston Globe reported.
According to WCVB, the women’s suit cites numerous instances of harassment by Ruske. During one particular incident with one of the plaintiffs “[Ruske] allegedly used ‘vulgar and obscene’ language during the meeting, then compared her performance to sex where ‘though very beautiful, (she) was only lying there and not doing anything.’”
The students reported Ruske’s behavior to the administration which allegedly did not act on the complaints, according to Boston.com.
Citing the lawsuit, the Boston Globe reported that school officials told the women that Ruske’s “vibrant and effusive” personality may have hindered his ability to understand his actions were in violation of the school’s policies.
“It was really angering, honestly, to learn that I had reached out to them multiple times and that what I didn’t want to have happen — that Ruske harass someone else—it literally happened again, the exact same thing,” Currie told the Boston Globe.
Both the university and Ruske have not commented on the suit, according to the Boston Globe.