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Sociology Chair Resigns at Colorado-Boulder After Alleged Harassment in Department

The chair of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s sociology department, Don Grant, will step down from the post, though he denies he decided to leave because of recent allegations of harassment among the department’s faculty members, the Daily Camera reports.

The newspaper reports that Mr. Grant emailed the announcement of his plans to the faculty members on Thursday. He later told the Camera: “I have thought about doing this for the past several months, long before any of these false rumors of harassment within the department were spread and published in the Camera.

The allegations, published in a Facebook post by Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions, a local union, included yelling, verbal abuse, intimidation, and bullying that it said could be traced back to “one bad actor.”

Mr. Grant responded to the allegations in an email to the sociology department that said the Facebook post was a “larger tactic” to unionize workers.

But the reason for his resignation as chair, he said, is to focus on his plans to create six new dual-degree programs and two undergraduate certificate programs.

A campus spokesman, Ryan Huff, confirmed Mr. Grant’s resignation. With respect to the university’s investigation into the harassment allegations, Mr. Huff said that, “to date, we have not found evidence of harassment.”

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