Lots of university administrators commit sexual harassment and assault…Even Title IX staff…

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

See also: College Presidents, Provosts, Vice Presidents/Provosts, Deans/Associate Deans

OTHER (Directors, Special Assistants, etc. – includes TITLE IX staff!) (44)
(1) 1984: Stanley DeRusha, Band Director, Michigan State University. PANEL FINDING OF 14 COUNTS, RESIGNED, HIRED/FIRED AT NEXT JOB. http://tinyurl.com/jehpybm AND http://tinyurl.com/hnlvnqw (opens PDF).

(2) 1991: Richard Cheung, Assistant Director of Intramural Athletics, Stockton State College. GUILTY PLEA/LAWSUIT SETTLED BY COLLEGE. http://chronicle.com/article/Stockton-State-Offers-501000/80499

(3) 1995: Sean Casey, Athletic Director, University of Maine-Machias. RESIGNED UNDER CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENT. http://archive.bangordailynews.com/1995/04/10/athletic-director-resigns-umm-coach-center-of-harassment-probe/

(4) 1997: Joseph Demko, Financial Aid Officer/Director, Luzerne County Community College. FIRED. http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/113/722/2577165/

(5) 1999: C. Wayne Jones, Campus Director, Western Kentucky University-Glasgow. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/Questions-Raised-on-Handling/11349

(6) 2001: Charles B. Darke, Director of the Student Health Center, California State University-Fullerton. DEMOTED/RETIRED, LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jun/23/local/me-13863

(7) 2002: Earnest W. Porta Jr., Director of Office of Treasury Services, Georgetown University. JURY AWARD OF OVER $1 MILLION TO ACCUSER. http://chronicle.com/article/Georgetown-Ordered-to-Pay/6775

(8) 2004: Earl Hill, Athletic Director, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. LEGAL FINDING OF FACT. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1114285.html

(9) 2006: Orikaye Brown-West, Director of Facilities Management & Public Safety and Instructor, Roxbury Community College. FIRED. http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/03/27/report-details-pattern-lapses-roxbury-community-college-administrators/tutkkizv1zF8jjlKsQZEzO/story.html AND http://tinyurl.com/jos4fvs

(10) 2007: Robert L. Davis, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Eastern Oregon University. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/Eastern-Oregon-U-Settles-One/27696

(11) 2007: Manuel Ortiz, Campus Director, University of Phoenix. FIRED IN 2004, LAWSUIT SETTLED IN 2007. https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/settlements/09169/college-employee-gender-harassment.html AND http://tinyurl.com/jm2z93c (opens a PDF)

(12) 2008: Arthur Lopez, Director of Financial Aid, Southwestern College. RESIGNED. http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/metro/20080607-9999-1m7resign.html

(13) 2010: LaVonette Bartley (see John Knight, below), Associate Executive Director in the office of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alabama State University. RETIRED. JURY AWARD OF OVER $1 MILLION. http://www.amren.com/news/2012/02/justice-is-served-jury-returns-more-than-1m-sexual-harassment-verdict-against-alabama-state-university/ AND http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/04/alabama-sex-harassment-n-word/2762491/

(14) 2010: John Knight (see LaVonette Bartley above), Special Assistant to the President and Interim President, Alabama State University.  JURY AWARD OF OVER $1 MILLION. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/09/04/appeals-court-upholds-1m-harassment-verdict-against-alabama-state-u

(15-17) 2011: THREE UNNAMED SUPERVISORS, Anthem College Online. SETTLEMENT PAID IN RESPONSE TO EEOC LAWSUIT. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-19-11.cfm

(18) 2011: Robert Bailey Jr., Office of University Development, Virginia Tech. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://hamptonroads.com/2011/10/va-tech-settles-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-60000

(19) 2011: George Bright-Abu, Supervisor – Work Study, Howard University. IMPRISONED. http://wjla.com/news/local/5-students-sue-howard-univ-for-failure-to-protect-them-against-sexual-assault-by-employee-69809

(20) 2011: Moises Salinas, Chief Diversity Officer, Central Connecticut State University. PLED GUILTY TO ASSAULT AND RESIGNED. http://articles.courant.com/2011-03-09/news/hc-ccsu-salinas-sexual-assault-0310-20110309_1_no-contest-plea-guilty-plea-moises-salinas

(21) 2011: Jaime Contreras, Director of Student Affairs, Washington State University Tri-Cities. RESIGNED, SEXUAL AND RACE-BASED HARASSMENT FINDING. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article32016564.html

(22) 2012: John Chadima, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin. RESIGNED. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/report-chadima-resigned-over-allegation-of-unwanted-sexual-contact/article_175bf5a2-46e4-11e1-870b-0019bb2963f4.html

(23) 2012: Peter Gray, Associate Director of Athletics Student Services, University of Iowa. RESIGNED. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8631760/peter-gray-former-iowa-hawkeyes-official-had-fired-previously-coastal-carolina-chanticleers AND http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2012/11/9/3625186/iowa-athletics-peter-gray-sexual-harassment

(24) 2013: Rod Raymonds, Wellness Director, University of Minnesota Duluth. FIRED. http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/UMD-Terminates-Wellness-Director-Rod-Raymond-208568341.html

(25) 2013: Jim Fiore, Athletic Director. DISMISSED – UNIVERSITY BOUGHT OUT 31 MONTHS OF HIS CONTRACT. http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/stony-brook/harassment-complaint-led-to-stony-brook-athletic-director-s-firing-source-says-1.6509561

(26) 2013: William Elger, Chief Financial Officer, University of Texas Medical Branch. RESIGNED (SORT OF – READ ARTICLE). http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/After-harassment-claims-UTMB-officials-got-new-5398415.php

(27) 2013: Jenny Wright, Director of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. FIRED FOR IMPROPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS. http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2013/05/14/ut_fires_administrator_amid_re/

(28) 2014: , E, University of Georgia. RESIGNED OVER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP. http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/relationship-with-subordinate-led-to-resignation-o/nhT6S/

(29) 2015: Nicholas Ltaif, Director of Academic Computing, Schenectady County Community College.  FIRED. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2015/sep/08/0908_sccc/?print

(30) 2015: Norwood Teague, Athletic Director, University of Minnesota. RESIGNED. http://www.startribune.com/u-s-teague-quits-after-groping-women-sending-graphic-texts/321038541/

(31) 2015: Mike Ellis, Associate Athletic Director, University of Minnesota. PAID LEAVE http://www.startribune.com/complaints-sideline-another-athletics-administrator-at-the-university-of-minnesota/324085181/ BEFORE RESIGNING. http://www.fox9.com/news/45509036-story

(32) 2015: Scott Eaton, Athletic Director, Northern Kentucky University. FIRED FOR UNRELATED ETHICS VIOLATIONS, LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/your-watchdog/2015/02/15/nku-paid-former-worker-avoid-sex-lawsuit/23360623/

(33) 2015: Jim Selbe, Special Assistant to the Chancellor (and former President), Hopkinsville Community College. RESIGNED. http://wkms.org/post/former-hcc-president-resigns-kctcs-amid-allegations-harassment#stream/0

(34) 2015: Joseph M. Bekken, Financial Aid Director, North Idaho College. PLED GUILTY TO OFFERING TO TRADE FINANCIAL AID FOR SEXUAL FAVORS FROM STUDENTS. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/aug/21/former-north-idaho-college-official-pleads-guilty/

(35) 2017: Xuesong “Gary” Yang, Visiting Admissions Counselor/Student Advisor, University of Illinois – Springfield. QUIT ONE WEEK BEFORE COMPLAINT, RAPE CHARGES FILED. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18190-springfield-businessman-charged-with-raping-uis-student.html

(36) 2017: Jumaane Peterson, Administrative Specialist, University of California – Los Angeles. FIRED FOR TAKING UP-SKIRT PHOTOS. https://ucla.app.box.com/s/y9zgx73mxtbl0a1774gt5jqzdsk3ecs1/1/20289853308/141212899617/1

(37) 2017: Rudy Thomas, Director of Strength and Conditioning in Athletics, University of California – San Diego. FORMER EMPLOYEE. http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/28/its-rampant-documents-reveal-113-uc-employees-violated-sex-misconduct-policy-in-past-3-years/

(38) 2017: Chris Loschiavo, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, University of Florida. FORMER EMPLOYEE – USED UNIVERSITY EMAIL TO ORDER PORN. FIRED FROM NEW POSITION (Title IX coordinator of Florida Polytechnic University) WHEN THEY LEARNED OF REASON HE LEFT FLORIDA. http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170530/two-uf-administrators-lose-jobs-over-poor-judgment

(39) 2017: Randy Handel, Associate Athletic Director of Development, University of Minnesota. FOUND TO HAVE SEXUALLY HARASSED AN EMPLOYEE. http://kstp.com/news/randy-handel-university-of-minnesota-sexual-harrassment/4479772/?cat=1

(40) 2017: Nicole Rovig, Registrar, Michigan State University. FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED THE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY TOWARDS AN EMPLOYEE. http://wlns.com/2017/06/15/a-top-msu-official-resigns-amid-sexual-misconduct-investigation/amp/

(41) 2017: Andrew Simmons, Academic Advisor, University of California – Irvine. PLACED ON LEAVE, RESIGNED. http://projects.dailycal.org/misconduct/case/irvine-andrew-simmons-87/

(42 2017: Eric Buskirk, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development, University of California – Riverside. PLACED ON LEAVE, RESIGNED. http://projects.dailycal.org/misconduct/case/riverside-eric-buskirk-94/

(43) 2017: NAME UNKNOWN, Responsible for International Fundraising, University of California – Davis. RESIGNED/RETIRED BEFORE INVESTIGATION COMPLETED. http://projects.dailycal.org/misconduct/case/davis-name-redacted-47/

(44) 2017 (from 2014): Jay Boisseau, Director of Computing Center, University of Texas. RESIGNED IN JAN 2014, SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION FOUND “COMPELLING EVIDENCE” FOR FAILURE TO DISCLOSE A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/computer-chief-chemistry-prof-quit-amid-sexual-misconduct-inquiries/PBHBtdGfaxUAPA2MaPgT7L/

Deans and Associate Deans often decide sexual misconduct policies and cases, but they can commit sexual harassment and assault, too…

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

DEANS (20)
(1) 1986: Andrew Hughey, Dean of Applied Arts and Sciences, San Jose State University. RESIGNED AS DEAN/ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FROM UNIVERSITY/LAWSUIT FILED – OUTCOME UNKNOWN. http://tinyurl.com/htel5vm (opens PDF)

(2) 1989: Mohammed A. Malik, Dean of Academic Affairs, Roxbury Community College. RESIGNED. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-8123359.html

(3) 1992: George P. Melican, Dean of Huntington Beach Campus, Coastline Community College. RESIGNED. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-03-06/news/mn-3520_1_community-college-district

(4) 1999: Hamilton McCubbin, Dean of the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin. LAWSUIT SETTLED AND RESIGNED FROM NEXT JOB AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/07/ln/ln04a.html

(5) 2002: John P. Dwyer, Dean of Law School, UC Berkeley. RESIGNED. http://articles.latimes.com/2002/dec/09/local/me-dwyer9

(6) 2007: Peter Cookson, Dean of Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College. LAWSUIT SETTLED, RESIGNED. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-7564-untoward_mentor.html

(7) 2009: Vernard Grice, Interim Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, St. Philip’s College. FIRED. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/3118307/vernard-grice-v-alamo-community-college-district-a/

(8) 2009: John W. Francis (THREE TIMES!!!), Dean of Arts and Sciences, Columbus State Community College and Instructor, Germanna Community College. ORDERED TO TAKE SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING AT COLUMBUS, PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AT GERMANNA. http://www.dailyprogress.com/archives/new-dean-suspended-at-gcc/article_59a152d4-a51b-5878-bef6-d620c1d4012d.html AND ALSO FIRED FROM OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH http://www.cantonrep.com/article/20091023/News/310239742

(9) 2011: James Schwartz, Dean, El Camino College. TWO LAWSUITS SETTLED FOR $2.5 MILLION AND $750,000, RETIRED. http://www.dailybreeze.com/article/ZZ/20110227/NEWS/110228142

(10) 2012: James Stuckey, Dean of Schack Real Estate Institute, NYU. RESIGNED. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/01/nyu-is-battling-a-sexual-harassment-scandal.html AND LAWSUIT IS ONGOING http://therealdeal.com/2015/06/24/forest-city-must-provide-any-info-on-sexual-harassment-against-former-exec/

(11) 2013: Alan Bearman, Dean of Libraries, Washburn University. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://cjonline.com/news/2013-06-03/former-employee-files-suit-against-washburn-library-dean

(12) 2013: Peter Lach, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Fairmont State University. FIRED AND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT. http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=5-NEWS-UPDATE-Fairmont-State-Terminates-Dean-After-Sexual-Assault-Charge11121

(13) 2013: James William Murphy, Dean of the College of Business, Winona State University. FIRED. http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/education/wsu-dean-fired-for-sexual-misconduct-investigation-says-murphy-took/article_774db8c4-6cf9-11e2-a635-001a4bcf887a.html

(14) 2015: Lawrence Mitchell, Dean of Law School, Case Western Reserve University. RESIGNED and SETTLED LAWSUIT. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2015/09/23/former-cwru-law-school-dean-lawrence-mitchell-was-supposed-to-return-to-cwru-faculty-this-year-thankfully-that-didnt-happen

(15) 2015: Robert Hill, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota. RESIGNED. http://www.inforum.com/news/3907381-und-dean-resigns-after-claims-unwelcoming-behavior-sexual-references

(16) 2015: George Ranalli, Dean of School of Architecture, City University of New York. “DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS” https://nypost.com/2015/08/02/cuny-dean-on-leave-amid-sexual-harassment-probe/ AND LAWSUIT SETTLED https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/2mqcp5rxa/new-york-southern-district-court/campisi-v-the-city-university-of-new-york-et-al/

(17) 2016: Sujit Choudhry, Dean of Law School, University of California – Berkeley. 10-PERCENT REDUCTION IN SALARY FOR ONE-YEAR, LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM DEANSHIP, BACK ON FACULTY. http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/berkeley-law-school-dean-sued-for-sexual-harassment/109355

(18) 2016: Andrew Curran, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Wesleyan University. UNIVERSITY SETTLED LAWSUIT. Note: The lawsuit hinged, in part, on claims that the university failed to adequately investigate the sexual harassment. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/04/08/professors-lawsuit-alleges-harassment-retaliation-former-wesleyan-u-dean AND http://www.courant.com/education/hc-wesleyan-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-0715-20160914-story.html

(19) 2017 (finding in 2014): Joseph Lewis, Dean of School of Arts, University of California – Irvine. STEPPED DOWN AS DEAN. http://dailybruin.com/2017/03/02/uc-irvine-dean-maintained-majority-of-salary-after-title-ix-violations/

(20) 2018: Jeffrey Standen, Dean of Law School, Northern Kentucky University. RESIGNED. https://www.thenortherner.com/news/2018/02/21/after-harassment-complaints-chase-dean-resigned-in-dec-but-could-be-professor-next-fall/

(1) 1993: David Hayes, Associate Dean of Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston. THIRTY DAYS IN JAIL ON MISDEMEANOR. http://chronicle.com/article/Dean-Is-Jailed-for-Sexual/73849

(2) 1993: James R. Tewhey, Associate Dean for Residence and Campus Activities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RESIGNED. http://www.mit.edu/activities/safe/cases/mit-tewhey/tewhey-resign-report AND http://tech.mit.edu/V113/N61/mcad.61n.html

(3) 2008: Larry Olsen, Associate Dean of the College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University. RESIGNED AND FINDING OF FACT. http://abqjournal.com/news/state/302542nm04-24-08.htm

(4) 2014: Jude A. Fabiano, Associate Dean of the Dental School, SUNY-Buffalo. SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY, LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/federal-court/university-at-buffalo-to-pay-amherst-woman-in-sex-harassment-settlement-20130831

(5) 2015: Adam Drisin, Senior Associate Dean of Architecture. Florida International University. RESIGNED AND LAWSUIT FILED. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/former-fiu-architecture-dean-accused-of-raping-student-on-study-abroad-trip-8435734

What? Vice Provosts and Presidents and Chancellors commit sexual harassment?

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

(1) 1991: David McIntire, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Missouri-Columbia. RESIGNED POST, REMAINED ON FACULTY. http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1991/University-Official-Accused-of-Sexual-Harassment-Denied-$84-000-Leave/id-a3749efcea6a74199b044a6c031b11f1

(2) 1993: J. Floyd Tyler, Senior Vice-President for Business Affairs, College of Charleston. RETIRED/INSURANCE FUND PAYMENT TO STUDENT. http://chronicle.com/article/Student-Gets-75000-in/70603

(3) 1993: Mark Urban, Deputy Vice President of University Development and Alumni Relations, Columbia University. RESIGNED AFTER UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION. http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/812/413/1761741/

(4) 2005: Keith Parker, Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia. DEMOTED. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/08/01/uga

(5) 2008: Isaac Sanders, Vice President of Advancement, East Stroudsburg University. SUSPENDED THEN FIRED. http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20140416/NEWS/404160321

(6) 2008: Greg Sandoval, Vice President for Student Affair, Southwestern College. RESIGNED. http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/metro/20080607-9999-1m7resign.html

(7) 2008: Robert Shindell, Associate Vice President for Recruiting and Admissions, Texas Tech University. CHARGES “SUBSTANTIATED”, RESIGNED. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/061208/cri_289491671.shtml#.VuAxvymlpDl

(8) 2012: Diane Leite, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of California-Berkeley. REASSIGNED TO NEW POSITION. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_20183348/uc-berkeley-professors-condemn-light-punishment-administrator

(9) 2014: Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley. RESIGNED. http://www.dailycal.org/2015/04/12/uc-berkeley-vice-chancellor-for-research-resigns-after-sexual-harassment-allegations/

(10) 2014: Marvin Roberts, Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement and Diversity, Utah State University. FIRED. http://www.sltrib.com/news/1794027-155/roberts-student-police-university-alleged-usu

(11) 2015: Jesse Acosta, Vice President of Administration and Chief Business Officer, University of Texas – Tyler. RESIGNED. http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-News+Local/221240/ut-tyler-vp-resigns-after-investigation

(12) 2015: Jeffrey Luftig, Associate Vice Chancellor for Process Innovation, University of Colorado. RETIRED AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/article/univ_of_colo_paying_80k_to_settle_sexual_harassment_lawsuit/Lawsuits#

(13) 2015: Han Reichgelt, Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. FOUND IN VIOLATION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY. RESIGNED POST AND JOINED FACULTY AS ONLINE INSTRUCTOR. See link for details and documents: http://crowsneststpete.com/2016/11/21/sexual-harassment-incident-led-to-ouster-of-top-academic-officer/

(14) 2016: T.W. Cauthen, Associate Vice President for Academic, Campus and Community Partnerships in the Division of Student Affairs, University of Georgia. RESIGNED OVER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS. http://flagpole.com/news/in-the-loop/uga-administrator-resigns-after-reports-of-inappropriate-relationships

(15) 2017: David Carrera, Vice President of Advancement and Health Sciences Development, University of Southern California. “LEFT JOB” IN MIDST OF ONGOING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-usc-fundraising-harassment-20171011-story.html

Provosts and Chancellors commit sexual harassment too…

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

(1) 1987: H. Daniel Cohen, Chancellor, Indiana University South Bend. RESIGNED FROM POSITION – RETAINED POSITION AS TENURED PHYSICS PROFESSOR – AND LOST CIVIL LAWSUIT. (Note – he did it again – see PHYSICS FACULTY, below). http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2009/08/ind_decisions_r_31.html

(2) 1997: Chernoh Sesay, Provost. RESIGNED TO BECOME PROVOST AT PATERSON COLLEGE. JURY AWARD OF $200,000 TO ACCUSER. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-12-17/news/9712170272_1_provost-tenured-professor-awarded

(3) 2003: Fred Gaskin, Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District. FIRED. http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/education/article_3ae669e9-8556-5b39-b651-7b12ce7f8139.html

(4) 2011: Garland Anderson, Provost, University of Texas Medical Branch. RESIGNED (SORT OF – READ ARTICLE). http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/After-harassment-claims-UTMB-officials-got-new-5398415.php

(5) 2012: Roy Flores, Chancellor, Pima Community College. RETIRED AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/20221749/pima-college-settled-sexual-harrassment-claim

(6) 2013: Rosalyn Templeton, Provost, Montana State University-Northern. FIRED, HEARING OFFICER AWARDS DAMAGES TO COMPLAINANT IN 2016. http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/04/26/hearing-officer-awards-175k-harassed-msu-northern-dean/

Did you know at least 29 college presidents have been found in violation of sexual misconduct or harassment policies?

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

(1) 1982: Ambrose Garner, President, Hillsborough Community College. SUSPENDED FOR THREE MONTHS. https://casetext.com/case/garner-v-state-comn-of-ethics

(2) 1984: Geoffrey Peters, President and Dean, William Mitchell College of Law. RESIGNED http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/23/us/minnesota-law-school-sued-in-a-sexual-harassment-case.html AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://tinyurl.com/hrxz9lp

(3) 1986: Francis J. Pilecki, President, Westfield State College. SUSPENSION RECOMMENDED, RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/02/us/college-sexual-assault-case-stirs-massachusetts.html

(4) 1987: William S. Gaither, President, Drexel University. RESIGNED. http://articles.philly.com/1987-10-25/news/26212499_1_college-presidents-leadership-style-gaither

(5) 1992: James B. Holderman, President, University of South Carolina. RESIGNED, IMPRISONED FOR UNRELATED CHARGES. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-12-08/news/9112080586_1_holderman-usc-president-tenured AND http://www.thestate.com/news/special-reports/state-125/article52824590.html

(6) 1993: Leon Howard, President, Alabama State University. JURY FINDING OF FACT http://chronicle.com/article/Jury-Determines-Ex-President/70533 AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/Alabama-State-to-Pay-575000/72829

(7) 1994: John N. Mangieri, President, Arkansas State University. FIRED/STRIPPED OF TENURE. http://chronicle.com/article/Ex-President-of-Arkansas-State/84403

(8) 1995: J. Gilbert Leal, President, Texas State Technical College. SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR THREE MONTHS FOR “INAPPROPRIATE” RELATIONSHIP. http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-President-Suspended-for/83867

(9) 1995: Donald Bronsard, President, Luzerne County Community College. RESIGNED. http://archives.timesleader.com/1995/1995_16/1995_11_01_BRONSARD_AT_COLLEGE_IN_FLORIDA_HE_WAS_FORCED_TO_RESIGN_AS_LCCC_P.html AND http://archive.timesleader.com/1995/1995_05/1995_03_24_ACCUSERS__LAWYER_WANTS_LCCC_REPORT_PUBLIC_THE_DOCUMENT_REPORTEDL.html

(10) 1999: Gilbert M. Dominguez, President, Imperial Valley College. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/College-Agrees-to-Settle/23153

(11) 2000: Charles D. Hays, President, Century College. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/College-President-Resigns/105074

(12) 2000: David Rubino, President, Gannon University. RESIGNED. http://www.leagle.com/decision/20041016350FSupp2d666_1960/PETRUSKA%20v.%20GANNON%20UNIVERSITY

(13) 2001: Owen Cargol, President, Northern Arizona University. RESIGNED http://wc.arizona.edu/papers/95/62/01_5.html AND WAS HIRED IN 2007 AS CHANCELLOR FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITY-IRAQ. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/06/11/not-our-best-and-brightest

(14) 2002: Arthur R. Taylor, President, Muhlenberg College. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/Muhlenberg-President-Quits/12618

(15) 2002: Arnold J. Levine, President, Rockefeller University. RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/11/nyregion/amid-inquiry-president-of-rockefeller-u-resigns.html

(16) 2004 (and in 1995): Lee E. Monroe, President, Paul Quinn College in 1995 (http://chronicle.com/article/5-Million-Lawsuit-Accuses/97333) and Voorhees College in 2004. LEGAL FINDING OF FACT IN 2004. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/05/02/voorhees

(17) 2006: Leroy Sanchez, President, Luna Community College. RETIRED, U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE FILED LAWSUIT AGAINST SCHOOL. http://chronicle.com/article/Federal-Lawsuit-Accuses/42220

(18) 2006: Philip M. Ringle, President, Truckee Meadows Community College. LEGAL FINDING OF FACT. Read summary and comments: http://nv.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20051222_0000028.DNV.htm/qx AND http://chronicle.com/article/College-Settles-Sex-Harassment/36950

(19) 2006: Charles Carlsen, President, Johnson County Community College. RETIRED. http://cjonline.com/stories/102106/kan_carlsen.shtml#.Vt7j_ymlpDk

(20) 2006: Craig J. Franz, President, Saint Mary’s College of California. RESIGNED FROM POSITION AT SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA (WHERE HE WENT AFTER LEAVING POST IN CALIFORNIA). https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/12/21/franz

(21) 2007: Sidney A. McPhee, President, Middle Tennessee State University. ONE YEAR SALARY REDUCTION, REQUIRED SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING. http://www.murfreesboropost.com/news.php?viewStory=3868

(22) 2007: William Merwin, President, Florida Gulf Coast University. RESIGNED OVER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP WITH FACULTY MEMBER. http://archive.naplesnews.com/news/local/fgcu-president-merwin-resigns-after-inappropriate-relationship-ep-405013798-345700912.html

(23) 2011: Roy J. Nirschel, President, Roger Williams University. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/Complaint-Reveals-That-Roger/128591

(24) 2013: John Ellis Price, President, University of North Texas-Dallas. STEPPED DOWN AS PRESIDENT/RESIGNED FACULTY POSITION WHEN HARASSMENT BECAME PUBLIC. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/denton/headlines/20150618-former-unt-dallas-leader-resigns-amid-investigation-into-relationship-with-former-employee.ece

(25) 2014: Johnson Bia, President, Pima Community College – Desert Vista Campus. RESIGNED. http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/050114_pcc_bia/pccs-bia-resigns-over-sexual-harassment-allegations/

(26) 2014: Patrick Lanning, President, Chemeketa Community College – Yamhill Valley Campus. FIRED. http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/education/2014/11/09/fired-ccc-official-accused-sexual-harassment/18758999/

(27) 2015: David Alexander, President, Northwest Nazarene University. RESIGNED BECAUSE OF EARLIER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP AS PROFESSOR. http://www.idahopress.com/news/local/education/nnu-former-president-resigned-over-inappropriate-relationship/article_60fe1284-281e-11e5-89a6-3346ab104b89.html

(28) 2017: Ricardo Romo, President, University of Texas – San Antonio. PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, THEN RESIGNED. http://diverseeducation.com/article/93984/

(29) 2018 (for harassment and resignation in 1917): William F. Slocum, President, Colorado College. INVESTIGATED AND ASKED TO LEAVE BY BOARD FOR HARASSMENT, RESIGNED, NAMES REMOVED FROM BUILDINGS IN 2018. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Colorado-College-Removes/242818?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest AND https://libraryweb.coloradocollege.edu/library/specialcollections/Manuscript/Slocum.html


Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.


(1) 1983: Anatomy Department, University of Iowa. LEGAL FINDING OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. http://www.leagle.com/decision/19901695749FSupp946_11540/JEW%20v.%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20IOWA AND http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/02/style/campus-life-iowa-judge-finds-university-liable-in-harassment.html

(2) 1991: Literature Section of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. PROVOST SUSPENDED SECTION’S RIGHT TO MAKE PERSONNEL DECISIONS. LAWSUIT FILED. http://chronicle.com/article/Literature-Professor-Sues-MIT/82118 AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/MIT-Professor-Reach/73326

(3) 2000: Engineering School, University of Rhode Island. PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT. http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Rhode-Island-Admits-That/30446

(4) 2005: Communications Department, University of Pittsburgh. REVIEW BY OUTSIDE FACULTY FOUND DEPARTMENT TO BE UNHEALTHY PLACE FOR WOMEN FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS. http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/communication-breakdown/Content?oid=1338247

(5) 2006: Political Science Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. LAWSUIT FILED, COMMITTEE FINDING THAT DEPARTMENT TOLERATES SEXUAL HARASSMENT. http://www.dailynebraskan.com/political-science-professor-alleges-sexual-harassment/article_99548bfb-7003-51d2-bcee-532fb5f7fcfa.html and http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/112/908/2521407/

(6) 2014: Philosophy Department, University of Colorado-Boulder. CHAIR REMOVED, GRADUATE ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED. http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_25035043 AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.kmblegal.com/news/kmb-client-settles-title-ix-lawsuit-against-cu-boulder

(7) 2017: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madison. FACULTY REVIEW COMMITTEE FOUND PERSISTENT SEXISM, INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT; DEPARTMENT MERGED WITH ANOTHER UNIT. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/legacy-of-sexism-and-allegations-of-sexual-harassment-mar-uw/article_220cc4f3-3b0a-575a-898d-9c63711659c8.html

Recurring Damage from Sexual Assault and Harassment

I work at Michigan State University, have seen how the Title IX reporting process works from the inside, and have watched the Larry Nassar case unfold from close up. I am not sure most people understand how traumatic simply reading or watching the news can be for those of us who have experienced sexual assault and harassment. The Nassar case brought up my own history of sexual violence, and I found myself struggling to do even the most mundane tasks. I laid on the couch for a weekend, trying to escape into books or television to avoid the internal trauma I was experiencing. The trauma of assault is ever present, even after years of therapy.

The Nassar case was an assault that went far beyond his victims. The whirlwind of emotions this case triggered can relate to both the initial violation and the pain associated with reporting the misconduct and the bureaucracy of the Title IX system. I have spoken with several students who were so triggered by the Nassar case that they were unable to do simple tasks.  For some, the act of getting out of bed was difficult, let alone going to class. Some victims of sexual assault or harassment are able to seek out counseling to address the effects of their assaults. Seeking help takes energy and effort (and money), and the depression that can set in after a triggering event can often get in the way of seeking help. Sexual assault is a vicious, recurring event that revisits us in our minds and bodies. I know my own health and well-being were and continue to be affected.

For over two years I have been tracking academic sexual misconduct. The documenting of these events can in itself be triggering, and I recently had to take a two week break to preserve my own sanity. This is necessary labor, but it can be more draining than I initially realized. I have resources, privilege attendant to my position, and a supportive network of friends, family, and pets (unconditional love is amazing!). I can only imagine how difficult triggering events must be for student, many of whom have fewer resources than I do.

What can faculty do? I strongly encourage faculty to recognize that students can be negatively affected by all sorts of events, from national news about sexual assault to school shootings. We all have personal histories, and those histories affect us differently. Try to put yourself in your students’ shoes, and imagine what you would need from your professors. You can reach out to students without invading anyone’s privacy – there is no need to ask for details. Instead, look into the resources offered by your university and create a short list of the best resources. I created two sheets of institutional resources (MSUresources) to post on my door and upload to course websites – perhaps you can create something similar for your own spaces.



Graduate Student Patricia Jaimes Wins Leadership Award

The Geocognition Research Lab is at it again! Graduate student Patricia Jaimes has been awarded the COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award. Paty’s award was given in honor of her work with the MSU Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American Students in Science (SACNAS) and the MSU Upward Bound program. Well done, Paty, and congratulations on this honor. Your work to increase diversity in academia and science is amazing!

Why Sexual Misconduct in Academia Needs to Be Made Public

I have spent two-plus years documenting sexual harassment and misconduct in academia. Many universities go to great lengths to ensure that these cases are downplayed – while I have uncovered 614 cases of faculty/administrator sexual misconduct, undoubtedly there are many more cases that remain hidden from public view. In addition, in many of these cases: 1) the perpetrators resigned or retired and investigations ended without any findings, and/or 2) publicly available reports are anonymized with respect to perpetrator names and departments. Many institutions claim that they cannot release the names of individuals found to have committed sexual misconduct by claiming that “personnel matters” are private, or because resolutions were reached through negotiations that included non-disclosure agreements.

Recent high-profile cases illustrate the importance of disclosing the names of sexual misconduct perpetrators to protect communities. In one case, a professor and doctor (Nassar) at Michigan State University was sentenced to a lifetime in prison for assaulting AT LEAST 250 young women. In a second case, a Harvard University government professor (Domínguez) has announced his retirement after over twenty women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.

In the Michigan State case, questions remain about how the university handled multiple complaints about Nassar – at least FOURTEEN people at MSU were aware of complaints against him over two decades. The fact that Nassar was a sexual predator would have remained a secret save for the bravery of one woman – Rachel Denhollander – and her publicizing the abuse she suffered. This one woman started an avalanche of similar stories from hundreds of women. If she had not come forward, how many more atrocities would Nassar have been able to commit with impunity?

In the Harvard case, the campus newspaper reported Domínguez’s sexual harassment in the 80s. I was unable to find reports on this case outside of the institution. Terry Karl, the woman who was brave enough to speak openly about Domínguez’s abuse, appeared in a 1991 Stanford newspaper article about her experience reporting her harassment. However, it wasn’t until a Chronicle of Higher Education story in February 2018 that Dr. Karl’s story became national news. Within a few weeks, so many women had come forward to also report their abuse that Harvard opened a new investigation and Domínguez announced his retirement.

These two cases are not isolated. Cantalupo and Kidder (2017) reviewed cases of faculty harassment of students and found that MORE THAN HALF of perpetrators were serial harassers. Here are a few more examples from my list of cases:

What can we learn from these cases? Cantalupo and Kidder (2017) have clearly documented that serial harassment is common, and my own read of documented cases supports their conclusion. Given that most cases of harassment never see the light of day, we should question if the number of serial harassers would be higher if victims/survivors* were able to publicly tell their stories. How many more cases are hiding behind institutional legalese, and how many more harassers are able to walk the halls, unimpeded? Enough is enough. Let us own the behavior of our colleagues, call them out, and make sure our colleges and universities are safe spaces for everyone.

*We are both victims and survivors. I honor the experience of being harassed and assaulted as complicated, and something that can be survived even as we continue to be victimized.