Category Archives: Sexual Misconduct

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U. of Oregon Athlete Played a Season While Under Investigation for Sexual Assault

Updated (6/23/2017, 11:14 a.m.) with a statement from the university.

A University of Oregon men’s basketball player, Kavell Bigby-Williams, played the last basketball season while he was under criminal investigation for alleged sexual assault, according to the Daily Emerald, the campus’s student newspaper.

Mr. Bigby-Williams has been under investigation by the campus police of the Northern Wyoming Community College District since September 19, the newspaper said. He is accused of sexually assau…

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UC-Berkeley Fires Professor Accused of Harassing Students

The University of California at Berkeley has fired a professor after a committee found that he sexually harassed four students. The professor denies the allegations.

Blake Wentworth, an assistant professor in the department of South and Southeast Asian studies, had been suspended since June of last year in connection with the claims.

“The committee found by clear and convincing evidence that Wentworth had engaged in the misconduct and recommended his dismissal,” a news release from the unive…

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Berkeley Settles Suits With Law Dean and Assistant Who Accused Him of Harassment

Updated (4/15/2017, 8:10 p.m.) with further comment from Ms. Sorrell.

The University of California at Berkeley has settled lawsuits with Sujit Choudhry, a former law-school dean, and Tyann Sorrell, a former executive assistant who accused him of repeatedly sexually harassing her, the Associated Press reports.

Under the terms of the settlement — which was reached in March but not disclosed until Friday — Mr. Choudhry will pay $50,000 to Ms. Sorrell’s lawyers and another $50,000 to a charity of he…

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2 Former Penn State Officials Plead Guilty in Sandusky Case

Two former administrators at Pennsylvania State University pleaded guilty on Monday to child endangerment, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, after years of maintaining their innocence for failing to report the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Charges of conspiracy against the two men, Timothy M. Curley, a former athletic director, and Gary C. Schultz, formerly a vice president, were dropped in exchange for their pleas.

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St. Olaf College to Remove Accused Professor’s Name From Building

St. Olaf College is removing the name of a once-beloved professor from a campus building because of what it calls “credible evidence” of sexual misconduct over several decades, the Star Tribune reported.

Since 2002, the college’s arts building has been named for Reidar Dittmann, a Holocaust survivor who taught art and Norwegian at St. Olaf for more than 45 years. He died in 2010 at the age of 88. On Thursday, St. Olaf’s president, David R. Anderson, announced that after investigating reports…

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Stanford U. Says Lawyer Was Not Dismissed Over Criticism

Responding to several news articles about Stanford University’s Title IX cases, the university released a Q&A with Lauren Schoenthaler, senior associate vice provost, about the adjudication process.

On February 9, The New York Times reported that Stanford had dismissed Crystal Riggins, a lawyer who had been hired to help students while they pursued sexual-assault complaints. The Times reported that Ms. Riggins had been fired for criticizing the university’s adjudication process to the newspaper.

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Michigan State Suspends Gymnastics Coach Amid Inquiry Into Former Team Doctor

Michigan State University has suspended Kathie Klages, coach of women’s gymnastics, while the institution investigates alleged sexual assaults involving Larry Nassar, the team’s former doctor, the Lansing State Journal reports.

More than 60 women have reported that Mr. Nassar, who was the team’s physician for nearly 20 years, sexually assaulted them, often during medical appointments. Mr. Nassar has been charged with sexual misconduct as well as charges related to obtaining, possessing, and dest…

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Lawyer Who Worked on Rape Cases for Stanford Is Dismissed Over Criticism

A lawyer retained by Stanford University to represent students making sexual-assault complaints has been dismissed after telling The New York Times about her frustrations with the university’s process, the newspaper reports.

Crystal Riggins was one of six lawyers that Stanford held on retainer to guide students involved in complaints filed under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX. On January 31, Ms. Riggins received an email saying that her services would no longer be needed followi…

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Big 12 Conference Withholds Funds From Baylor U. Over Title IX Scandal

The Big 12 Conference will withhold 25 percent of future revenue distributions from Baylor University “until the proper execution of controls” over its scandal-plagued athletics program “is independently verified.”

“The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX,” David L. Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and chair…

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U. of California Will Pay Student $1.15 Million to Settle Sexual-Assault Suit

The University of California system has agreed to pay $1.15 million to a former student on the Santa Cruz campus who said that she had been raped by a professor, in one of the largest individual settlements of a campus sexual-assault case.

Luz Portillo, the former student, told BuzzFeed News that she was raped by the professor in June 2015, the day before her graduation. She said she immediately reported the assault to the campus office that handles Title IX violations and to the police. Ms. Po…