7 woman accuse 3 Dartmouth profs of sexual misconduct

Dartmouth students file lawsuit in sexual harassment case

Dartmouth students file lawsuit in sexual harassment case

Seven women are suing Dartmouth College for sexual assault, harassment and discrimination they say they experienced from three prominent professors who, according to the suit, turned a human behavior research department "into a 21st-century Animal House".

The $70 million lawsuit filed Thursday claims professors in the psychology and brain science departments would delay exams, withhold meetings and even threaten the research of women who rejected their advances.

In a written statement, a Dartmouth spokesman said that college officials "applaud the courage displayed by members of our community within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) who brought the misconduct allegations to Dartmouth's attention past year. but strongly, disagree with the characterizations of Dartmouth's actions in the complaint and will respond through our own court filings".

It also says that more than 40 women were likely victimized, with the others eligible to join the proposed class-action case.

Dartmouth College conducted a sexual misconduct investigation in late 2017 and concluded that the accused professors, identified as Todd Heatherton, William Kelley and Paul Whalen, should be removed from their jobs. All three were allowed to either resign or retire, said the New York Times report. After that inquiry, as the college began the seldom-used process required to fire tenured professors, Heatherton retired and the other two resigned.

Dartmouth senior Annie Ke, 21, also linked the lawsuit to #MeToo and said her first thought when she learned about it was: "This finally reached this campus", she said. Rapuano said Kelley raped her while they attended a conference in California in 2015, He told her they had sex after a night of drinking but she had no memory of it. He also said he wasn't aware of the behavior of the other two nor would have he have condoned it. "Once that boundary is taken down, it's really hard to re-establish, or I would say impossible".

Kelley had power over her, she said, because she was working toward her Ph.D. and he could influence her professional future.

"These professors ensured the young women in the Department were vulnerable to this sexual harassment by conditioning faculty mentorship and support on students" participation in the alcohol-saturated "party culture" they perpetuated. Even after they complained, their lawsuit says, the college encouraged them to continue working with their harassers for four more months.

Heatherton denies ever having sex with students but told CBS This Morning he "acted unprofessionally while intoxicated" and apologized. "We applaud the courage displayed by members of our community within PBS who brought the misconduct allegations to Dartmouth's attention previous year".

"However", Anderson told The Post, "we respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the characterizations of Dartmouth's actions in the complaint and will respond through our own court filings". One former student alleges she was raped by Kelley and a current student alleges she was raped by Whalen.

Months later, in March 2017, at a karaoke event after a conference, Heatherton pulled another graduate student, Sasha Brietzke, into his lap and asked what she was going to be doing later that night, according to the complaint. An attorney for Heatherton did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.