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Incidents at Hunter College

Total: 1

Incident 7374

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: unknown
Discipline: unknown
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2013
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Quote: "The probe was triggered after a student made sexual harassment complaints against a professor in 2011 and 2012, but the investigation revealed that the school had failed to properly address a slew of other complaints.

The student filed two complaints against the professor a year apart, and it wasn't until the second complaint that Hunter College finally launched an investigation into the matter, according to the education department.

In Hunter College's own report, it found that the professor had "preyed upon the [student's] immaturity and family circumstances, including her mother’s illness, and used interactions with [her] sister in order to further his relationship with [her]."

The school's report also states that the two had a consensual relationship until April 2012, and after that, the professor’s conduct became “non-consensual, uninvited, and unwelcomed … [i]t offended, annoyed and harassed [the complainant]," according to OCR's findings.

In addition to waiting a year of the first complaint to finally take action, the school took another four months to complete an investigation, and didn't report its outcome to the student until months after that, while discussing the results with the professor during that period, according to the education department.

Following its investigation, the school determined there wasn't enough evidence that the professor had retaliated against her. The professor was fired in the summer of 2013 after the school found that his "conduct became inappropriate." "
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