College Paper Busts Open Story on Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Dartmouth has placed 3 psych professors on paid leave
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 12:50 PM CDT
Ivy League Professors Investigated for Alleged Sexual Misconduct
Three professors at Dartmouth College are being investigated over allegations of "serious" sexual misconduct.   (Getty Images/ErikaMitchell)

Three Ivy League professors are on paid leave while multiple New Hampshire law-enforcement agencies investigate "serious" allegations of sexual misconduct against them, the Boston Globe reports. According to the New York Times, the professors are Bill Kelley, Todd Heatherton, and Paul Whalen of Dartmouth College's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dartmouth admitted last week it was investigating the three professors, who'd been suspended from campus, when the college newspaper inquired about them after posters wondering about the whereabouts of Kelley and Whalen had been placed around campus. University officials were then approached by law enforcement agencies.

The allegations, of which no details have been released, are being investigated by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the Grafton County Attorney, the New Hampshire State Police, and the sheriff's departments of Grafton County and the town of Hanover. "We will go wherever the evidence takes us," the state's associate attorney general says. "We have no avenues that are off limits." Dartmouth is also continuing its own investigation into the allegations. "I want to say in the most emphatic way possible that sexual misconduct and harassment are unacceptable and have no place at Dartmouth," the university's president says. The professors—whose work covers brain anatomy, memory, and social behavior—haven't commented, the AP reports. (More Dartmouth stories.)

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