Seven current and former students in Dartmouth's Psychological and Brain Sciences Department are suing the school over alleged mishandling of sexual assault and harassment reports, saying administrators ignored years of criminal behavior by tenured faculty members.
Sasha Brietzke, one of the plaintiffs and a grad student at Dartmouth, tweets: "I have chosen to file a lawsuit against Dartmouth College because this institution has sheltered serial predators for years".
But they also want Dartmouth to account for the failures to stop the alleged behavior by the three professors and the allegations in the lawsuit that it punished those women who came forward with complaints - denying one a teaching opportunity in the department, reassigning another to an unsuitable lab and giving another a failing grade on her honors thesis.
Attorneys for the seven current and former students filed the class-action case in federal court in New Hampshire are seeking $70 million in damages. It claims that the three professors- Todd Heatherton, William Kelley and Paul Whalen- "leered at, groped, sexted", and "intoxicated" students. All three were allowed to either resign or retire, said the New York Times report. Heatherton retired, and Whalen and Kelley resigned, the Globe previously reported.
An investigation into the allegations was announced by Dartmouth in October of 2017.
In the lawsuit, the women allege that the unbalanced power dynamic - graduate students are often reliant on professors' academic support - often made them feel that they depended on these men for their future careers or research. The lawsuit does not say whether she went to the police.
Salinas supports the group that filed the suit, and said she believes publicity about it will help others who have faced abuse on campus. He told her that they had had sex, she said.
Kristina Rapuano and Vassiki Chauhan
When she woke up the following morning, "Kelley told Ms. Rapuano that they had "had sex" two times" - but she has no memory of that and "has wondered whether Kelley drugged her", court papers say.
"When I was going through what I went through, I adopted this mentality that I felt like I needed to keep my head down and get through it, get past it", she told The Post.
The New Hampshire attorney general was also investigating misconduct allegations against the professors. "Thus, at Dartmouth's suggestion, the victims continued working with their harassers for almost four months". "We applaud the courage displayed by members of our community within PBS who brought the misconduct allegations to Dartmouth's attention past year".
During that period, Whalen sexually assaulted one of the seven women, Vassiki Chauhan, according to the complaint, filed by the law firms of Douglas, Leonard & Garvey in New Hampshire and Sanford Heisler Sharp in NY. The other two professors had not commented publicly as of Thursday night.
"However, we respectfully but strongly disagree with the characterizations of Dartmouth's actions in the complaint and will respond through our own court filings", Anderson said in an emailed statement. About a year later, she attended a conference with Kelley and alleges that he got her drunk and raped her.
Over several months in 2017, more than two dozen complainants participated in a Title IX investigation, according to the suit. "I realized it was going to continue".