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Communication...

This is so ridiculous and yet so typical, it's disheartening :/

What about the dean explaining that he has a tradition to invite all grad students to lunch *before* issuing said invitation?

What about the student explaining that her customs forbid her from going out with a man not from her family?

What about the dean realising that asking younger women to lunch one-on-one could be inherently problematic, and offering them a way out at the same time as the invitation?

What about the student taking counsel from someone else on campus (like, erm, you?) before filing such a severe complaint?

What about, you know, *communicating*??

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Steve M. Cohen, Ed.D., C.M.C., is the president of Labor Management Advisory Group and HR Solutions: On-Call, and the author of Mess Management: Lessons From a Corporate Hit Man.

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