Dartmouth Reaches $14 Million Settlement with Women Who Accused 3 Profs of Sex Crimes

HeadlineAug 07, 2019
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Dartmouth College reached a $14 million settlement with nine women in a sexual abuse lawsuit that accused the school of being responsible for rape, sexual assault, harassment and discrimination perpetrated by three male professors. The plaintiffs said professors Todd Heatherton, William Kelley and Paul Whalen, who were from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, created a “21st Century Animal House” as they coerced women into drinking, and groped, leered at and in some cases raped them. The lawsuit called out the “predatory boy’s club” that enabled the toxic environment and sexual crimes. Dartmouth reportedly ignored reports of the professors’ conduct for 16 years and allowed the men to either retire or voluntarily resign rather than face legal or disciplinary action. Dartmouth did not admit liability, but said it was working with the women to improve conditions on campus.

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