I was going to make this thread earlier in the week, but I've been working two jobs and oh hey, that makes for very little time to do this kind of thing. As it is, the situation has passed, with less-than-desirable results, but I'd like to check the facts in case something similar happens again.
Basically, my university has two programs: a 4-year program studying Gopher Gestation (not the real subject area, obviously, but I'm pretty sure if I put the real subject area it narrows it down to less than 10 universities in the country) for undergrads, and a 1-month program every summer where high school students can get a kick-start on their Gopher Gestation studies.
One of the undergrads (an 18-year-old we'll call Phil) was hanging out with a couple of the high school girls (17-year-olds), and took a picture of them. The picture, it turns out, was an upskirt shot of one of the girls -- the girls were unaware of this fact.
Sometime last weekend, the picture was uploaded to Facebook from Phil's mobile, with the caption, "This is why I like studying Gopher Gestation." It was present for a few hours at least, during which time one of my students (I'm a tutor for the undergrad program) saw it. The picture then disappeared.
My student brought the matter to me, asking for advice. It was a Sunday, so basically I did everything I could to gather info about the incident (spoke to everyone that my student knew had actually seen the photo, did some cursory research on the law). On Monday, I took the matter to my supervisor, asking if there was a protocol for this sort of thing -- he and the head of the department promised to look into it with their superior and the university attorney.
Furthermore, I did some amateur spy-work. I pretended my phone was acting weird, and asked to borrow Phil's phone so I could call home. While I was using it, I was able to establish that 1) he still had the picture, and 2) it was sitting right in the middle of his (rather extensive) porn collection. Because he still had it, I asked my supervisor and the head of the department not to do anything that would tip Phil off that these things were being looked into, for fear that the evidence would "mysteriously" disappear. They both agreed that was a good idea, and promised they'd keep it on the QT.
A couple days later, Phil had "mysteriously" become aware of the goings-on, and was overheard offering a rather lackluster apology to the girl in question -- he claimed it was "an accident", and that he "didn't realize" the nature of the picture when he posted it.
So basically, it looks like my administrators covered things up and swept them under the rug to avoid a scandal. God bless America.
My questions, so that (if there is a) next time I'll be able to speak with the authorities directly rather than working through people who are more concerned about scandal than about justice:
1. What are the hard-and-fast criteria for determining whether or not an incident constitutes illegal voyeurism?
2. Same question, but child pornography instead of voyeurism.
3. The girls who I tutored are incredibly uncomfortable around this guy, and want me to have a quiet, calm, "stay the fuck away from those girls" kind of a conversation with him as a substitute older brother -- especially since they have to be in this program with him for the next 4 years. If I have a single conversation with him about it, does that constitute harrassment, or is that within my legal rights?
4. Did we handle this properly, or was there something else we should have done from the beginning that would have led to a less disgusting result?