Today's report of a former medical student coming forward with a $20 million lawsuit against Vanderbilt for their lack of response regarding a professor sexually harassing his student to the point that she was forced out of the program constitutes what I hope will be a tectonic shift in higher education. Universities have to be held accountable, as all corporations are, for hiring, encouraging, and protecting sexual predators who use their power to abuse students. This graduate student complained, and was summarily brushed aside, by university administrators until she had to resign from the program losing presumably a large amount of money, and something even more precious, years of her life. This courageous woman is going up against the limitless financial and legal resources of Vanderbilt University. Let's hope she succeeds in making her case. Because it's only when sexual harassment and assault hurt their bottom line that universities will begin to take abuse of students seriously.