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Incident 9068 - Resolved

Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Arts and Humanities
Specific Discipline: Music
Outcome Year: 2024
Outcome Category:
Quote: "A professor in Rice University's music school has retired amid online allegations of inappropriate conduct with students.

The allegations involve claims from several former students who accuse William VerMeulen of engaging in inappropriate behavior during his tenure as a professor of horn at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. There are also allegations of sexually explicit photos being sent to students.

In a statement to Houston Public Media, Rice officials said they were “aware of the private images” and were “prepared to investigate any reports of misconduct.”

“As we review any new information, we will maintain the privacy of all involved,” the statement read. “Rice does not tolerate sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by any member of the Rice community.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, VerMeulen’s page on the school’s website was not active. VerMeulen has not responded to multiple requests for comment."
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