It is no secret that academia has a ‘no-snitches’ policy…one that is eerily reminiscent of the attitudes of impoverished URMs when faced with providing evidence to violent crimes. This issue, when combined with the total ineptitude of academia’s interpretation of human resources, can lead to situations where bad things happen, but no one wants the blowback from reporting it through official channels. This can be a combination of fearing blackballing within the profession (snitches can never be trusted) and a cynical knowledge that reporting shit rarely results in any official action.
Figure 1: Hermitage has been aware from a young age that snitches sleep in ditches, metaphorical or otherwise
This issue has been bouncing around in my head for a while due to recent shenanigans where clearly inappropriate shenanigans were had, but due to the situation and context in which it happened, is a total hir-said, hir-said situation. Your cynical D-List Monktress was firmly of the opinion that dwelling on it was a waste of time, while her more idealistic friends were firmly of the ‘Report it! It’s wrong!’ mentality. Ignoring the fact that knowing who to even complain to, and to what purpose, is not always clear, how bad does something have to be before you are compelled to take a stand? Should the criteria be severity, or simply how easy something is to prove? Should you always do the right thing, or should your career come first?