John Lee

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Dean
Discipline: Education
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: Other
Specific Outcome: "In 2016, California State University's Humboldt campus fired a dean after determining he groped and tried to forcibly kiss two female colleagues.

Back-to-back investigations found evidence of four such incidents, one of which was corroborated by an eyewitness.

The dean, John Lee, denied the allegations but lost his appeal. His office was emptied. But that was not the end of Lee's time at the nation's largest public university system.

Less than six months after his firing, Humboldt leaders reinstated Lee as a tenured professor making the maximum salary in the college he once led, in a predominantly female department, as part of the same faculty as the women he was found to have groped."
Last updated: Apr 20, 2022 5:14 am