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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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