Dartmouth reaches $14M settlement in sexual abuse lawsuit

August 8, 2019 | The New York Times

Dartmouth College and nine women who claimed they were raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by their professors said on Tuesday that they had reached a $14.4 million settlement, in a case that forced soul-searching in academia about the system of mentoring and promoting graduate students in the sciences.

The women accused three Dartmouth professors in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, whose research included studies of sexual desire and attractiveness, of coercing them into an alcohol- and sex-saturated party culture in the human behavior lab that they led. The professors, all men, used their power over their students’ academic careers and future employment to keep them from complaining, the women said.

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