The 12 August 2004 News article ‘Victims hit out at university over handling of harassment cases’ (Nature 430, 711; 2004) included the following errors.
Officials at the University of Toronto did not ask Loralyn Benoit inappropriate questions after she made accusations of sexual harassment. In addition, Benoit did not bring her harassment claim against the university. Nor did the university ask Benoit to sign a confidentiality clause. In both cases, Benoit alleges that the officials involved worked at a teaching hospital affiliated to the university but not under its control.
The investigation into Gwen Schwartz's allegations was discontinued when she and the other parties started to mediate the settlement that they later reached. The University of Toronto has asked us to make clear that the mediator's report stated: “although the facts remained significantly in dispute, the mediation was successful and all parties were able to reach a comprehensive, final and binding settlement, fully resolving all issues amongst them”.
Nature also wishes to state that Claude Cantin is employed by the teaching hospital, not the university.