Hanlon updates timelines of investigations of sexual misconduct allegations
In a campus-wide email today, College President Phil Hanlon wrote that the investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct by three professors in the psychological and brain sciences department are ongoing and that the external investigator is “close to concluding her work.”
After the investigative stage is completed, Hanlon wrote that the next step will include “consideration of any disciplinary action, where appropriate.” Any disciplinary process will follow the procedures in the Organization of the Faculty of Dartmouth College.
The College confirmed on Oct. 25, 2017 that professors Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen were under “ongoing investigations into allegations of serious misconduct.” On Oct. 31, 2017, the New Hampshire Attorney General announced that the three professors are under investigation by law enforcement for sexual misconduct allegations. Hanlon’s email reiterated that the College is cooperating with the Attorney General’s investigation. All three professors have their access to campus restricted and are on paid leave.
Hanlon added that “sexual misconduct and harassment have no place” at the College and that Dartmouth remains “committed to comprehensive and fair reviews."