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Incidents at Roger Williams University

Total: 1

Incident 7527

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: President
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2011
Outcome Category: Resigned
Quote: "employees complained that he sexually harassed them and bestowed favors upon female co-workers with whom he forged close personal connections"

"The details of the April 2010 complaint, which was obtained by The Chronicle and corroborated in part by former employees, suggest that Mr. Nirschel’s actions had long-term implications for Roger Williams, where donors looked askance at the president’s perceived personal failings, and jaded administrators and staff members departed or operated in fear of reprisals. While university trustees who received the complaint ultimately responded by hiring an independent law firm to investigate the charges, the details of the complaint give rise to questions about whether board members were oblivious or willfully ignorant of concerns that were widely shared on campus and the subject of curiosity in Bristol, R.I., and beyond.

University officials still largely maintain a code of silence on the subject of Mr. Nirschel’s resignation"
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