Dartmouth Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

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Dartmouth has reached a settlement in a high-profile lawsuit (photo credit: Derrick Smith).

Back in January, we reported how Dartmouth had filed its answer to a lawsuit brought against the university by nine women who alleged certain Dartmouth psychological and brain sciences professors sexually harassed them. These professors cited in the suit, as we’ve also previously reported, are no longer employed at the university. And now we’ve got a new update to share: the case has settled. The nine women have reached an out-of-court settlement with Dartmouth and the settlement amount has been made public — $14 million.

Dartmouth Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

As The Dartmouth Senior Staff reports for The Dartmouth in a piece entitled “Dartmouth, plaintiffs reach $14 million settlement in sexual misconduct lawsuit,” “Pending approval by a federal judge of the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, the settlement marks the resolution of the case, Rapuano et. al. v. Trustees of Dartmouth College, which was originally filed on Nov. 15, 2018…’We are satisfied to have reached an agreement with Dartmouth College, and are encouraged by our humble contribution to bringing restorative justice to a body of Dartmouth students beyond the named plaintiffs,’ plaintiffs Sasha Brietzke, Annemarie Brown, Vassiki Chauhan, Andrea Courtney, Kristina Rapuano, Jane Doe, Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3 wrote in a joint statement.”

Since the Formal Investigation, Dartmouth Has Tried to Make Right

If you’re curious for our take on this whole story, we studied in Dartmouth’s psychological and brain sciences department. We didn’t observe any instances of sexual harassment during our time there. But as Dartmouth’s investigation has made crystal clear, sexual harassment did take place in this department — the details of which are abhorrent. Certain professors acted entirely inappropriately and their behavior warranted the school to discontinue any association with them. But we believe Dartmouth has learned a valuable lesson from this whole episode. We believe — and hope — episodes like these will be fewer and farther between in the years to come and we believe Dartmouth’s administration has handled the investigation and this lawsuit admirably. Regrettably, sexual harassment can — and does — take place at any university in our nation, including Ivy League schools. May this episode strike fear in the hearts and minds of potential offenders in the future at Dartmouth and at every college across the land.

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