Teachers and researchers from Udelar call for “reflection and reparation” for the Sambarino case

Montevideo Portal

The Central Board of Directors (CDC) of the University of the Republic evaluates this Tuesday the request for dismissal of Professor Martín Sambarino made by the Council of the Faculty of Sciences after a complaint of sexual harassment.

A group of teachers and researchers from Udelar sent
Montevideo Portal for its publication a “public letter: a call to reflection and reparation regarding the case of Professor Sambarino”.

At the request of the signatories, we transcribe the letter below in full:

“Public letter: a call to reflection and reparation regarding the case of Professor Sambarino

To the Rector of the University of the Republic,

Lic Rodrigo Arim,

Through you, to the delegation of the Central Board of Directors, to the university community and to society as a whole,

On June 10, 2019, a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a professor at the Faculty of Engineering filed a complaint against Professor Martín Sambarino, a professor at the Mathematics Center of Udelar, before the Central Commission for Prevention and Action against Harassment and Discrimination. the Faculty of Sciences, which led to an administrative investigation by the General Legal Directorate of Udelar (DGJ). This ruled “the existence of sexual harassment” and concluded that “there is objective credibility and verisimilitude in the complaint.” Once this opinion was received, the Council of the Faculty of Sciences requested the Central Directive Council (CDC) the dismissal of the teacher. The CDC was awaiting the report of the National Civil Service Commission to decide on the request (article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic establishes that it is the responsibility of that body to rule on the dismissal of officials in the last term ‘once the investigation has been completed’). corresponding, before the resolution of the administrative authority’). Said report concludes that ‘the configuration of the budgets to proceed with the proposed dismissal has not been accredited’, contradicting the opinion of the DGJ, after an exhaustive study of the file. The report not only denies that sexual harassment has been proven, but also specifies that no administrative fault has been set up that merits any sanction.

There are three legal opinions with the same conclusion: harassment was not configured. Added to the report issued by the National Civil Service Commission are reports prepared by lawyers Dr. Martín Risso, a constitutionalist, and Dr. Marina Morelli, a member of the organization ‘Mujer Ahora’, with extensive experience in gender issues.

For more information regarding this case, we refer to the following links within the Videlar blog: https://videlar59462789.wordpress.com/2021/11/25/chronological-recount/
Y https://videlar59462789.wordpress.com/2021/12/05/recent-developments/.

The undersigned, professors and researchers at the University of the Republic, support any initiative in favor of gender equality and the defense of women’s rights, particularly in the academic field. We do not doubt the seriousness of sexual harassment as a social and individual phenomenon. In this sense, we repudiate the long series of inconsistencies that accompanied the process that led to the request for dismissal. They are an example of the lack of guarantees, both for the complainant and for the accused, which Udelar still suffers from today. Much of the efforts made to open constructive paths in relation to situations of harassment are overshadowed by these faults.

We highlight some irregularities in Udelar’s procedures regarding the case:

illegality in the actions of the Commission for Prevention and Action against Harassment and Discrimination: leaks to the press, lost documentation, tendentious partiality of the reports, action of a person on behalf of a team;

a priori positions (without reading the file) of different groups and individuals who blindly accepted the defendant’s guilt;

lack of protection for a teacher and a group that was violently defamed by the press and the networks;

Non-compliance with the deadlines in various instances of the process: Udelar has been investigating this case for 2 years and 10 months, which has far exceeded the right of all subjects to have their proceedings of a reasonable length (right recognized in the American Convention on Human Rights). Rights and in the Constitution of the Republic).

It was these actions that led to the public lynching of a teacher, causing him incalculable damage (as a person, teacher and researcher) and put pressure on the actions of the Science Faculty Council.

We believe that it is not possible, even in the name of a just cause, to run over the rights of people; this ends up turning against the fight for gender equality and discrediting the complaints.

We understand that the different groups of Udelar owe a broad and deep reflection on their actions. To start down this path, we request a public and clear apology to Martín Sambarino and to the Mathematical community of Uruguay. The damage is immeasurable but there is still time to rectify it, at least to some extent.

Signatories:

one)
Alice Altesor Hafliger (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1648728-6)

two) Marcia Alvarez Alonso (Institute of Chemical Engineering- Faculty of Engineering, CI 4.733.241-6)

3)
Leticia Burone Magariños (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences – Faculty of Sciences – CI 2.700293-2)

4)
Eleonora Catsigeras García (Institute of Mathematics and Statistics – Faculty of Engineering – CI 1386599-2)

5)
Eleonora Celentano Campodónico (Institute of Biology – Faculty of Sciences – CI 273839-7)

6)
Mónica Inés Dalmao Silveira Correa (Department of Coastal Mathematics and Statistics – North Coast Cenur – CI 30814203)

7) Anita De Álava (Undecimar – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1.895.928-7)

8)
Fabiana Espíndola Ferrer (Department of Pedagogy, Politics and Society – Faculty of Humanities – CI 1806723-4)

9)
Anabel Fernández Constenla (Institute of Biology – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1588864-1)

10) Virginia Fernández Ramos (Department of Geography – Faculty of Sciences, CI 1301677-9)

eleven) Ana María Ferrari Castilla (Pediatric Clinic – Faculty of Medicine – CI 871727-9)

12) Mónica Gómez-Erache (Institute of Environmental Sciences – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1704433-2)

13) Leticia Ivón González Carreira (Environmental Management Degree – CURE Maldonado – CI 3517329-2)

14) Nancy Guelman Tenenbaum (Institute of Mathematics and Statistics – Faculty of Engineering – CI 4733079-7)

fifteen) Ofelia Gutiérrez de Marañón (UNICIEP – Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1510522-1)

16) Mariana Haim Vásquez (Mathematics Center – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1928430-2)

17) María Eugenia Jung Garibaldi (University General Archives – CI 1947650-5)

18) Alejandra Kun González (Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology – FCien – CI 1459408-3)

19) Lucía Lewowicz Dobsky (Department of History and Philosophy of Science – Faculty of Humanities and CCE – CI 1273202-3)

twenty) Vania Markarián Durán (co-coordinator Archivo General Udelar, CI 1934493-2)

twenty-one) Matilde Martínez García (Institute of Mathematics and Statistics – Faculty of Engineering – CI 1964717-8)

22) Mariana Meerhoff Scaffo, (CURE Maldonado, CI 1852569-8)

23) Leticia Morales Tantardini (Department of Mathematics – Faculty of Economic Sciences – CI 3336753-2)

24) Yanina Panzera Crespo (Evolutionary Genetics Section – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1743968-8)

25) Elena Peel Canabal (Institute of Geological Sciences – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1812286-4)

26) Laura Perez Becoña (PDU Holocene Geosciences – CURE Rocha – CI 3431981-5).

27) Fabiana Pezzani Gutiérrez (Environmental Systems – Faculty of Agronomy – CI 2719017-1)

28) Carolina Puppo Etcheverry (Institute of Mathematics and Statistics – Faculty of Engineering – CI 4373530-9)

29) Claudia Rodríguez Fábregas (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences – Faculty of Sciences CI 1571616-7)

30) Matilde Rodríguez Urquiola (IECA – Faculty of Sciences – CI 4673893-4)

31) Leda Sánchez Bettucci (Institute of Geological Sciences – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1382208-9)

32) Lucía Simón Delfino (Sector Commission for Scientific Research and Faculty of Information and Communication – CI 4396819-4)

33) Sabina Vidal Macchi (Institute of Biological Chemistry – Faculty of Sciences – CI 1663074-8)

3. 4) Isabel Wschebor Pellegrino (General Archive of the University – CI 3848174-1)

35) Juliana Xavier Saavedra (Institute of Mathematics and Statistics – Faculty of Engineering – CI 4118535-0)

36) Lucía Xavier Saavedra (Institute of Chemical Engineering – Faculty of Engineering – CI 4118534-4)”

Other public letter

On the other hand, last week another group of teachers and researchers from Udelar, made up of men and women, sent another letter to “members of the Udelar CDC” on the same matter and with similar proposals.

“In addition to the enormous damage that the long process has caused and continues to cause to the summary, the actions of various university bodies have conspired against the trust and respect that the University should deserve. It is urgent that its highest authority act promptly and straighten the course: a fair and balanced relationship between the members of the Institution must be cultivated, without this implying injustices or imbalances”, expresses the letter signed on Friday, April 29 in Montevideo and disseminated on networks social.

The letter, which cites an article on the case published by Montevideo Portal on March 21 of this year, bears the signatures of Alice Altesor, Enrique Cabaña, Gerardo Caetano, Eleonora Catsígeras, Omar Defeo, Raúl Donangelo, Julio Fernández, Walter Ferrer, Rodolfo Gambini, Marcelo Lanzilotta, Roberto Markarian (former director of Udelar), Matilde Martínez, Eduardo Mizraji, Iván Pan, Fernando Peláez, Álvaro Rovella and José Vietez.

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Teachers and researchers from Udelar call for “reflection and reparation” for the Sambarino case