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Cal State San Marcos hid professors’ sexual harassment

A new L.A. Times investigation found that Cal State San Marcos agreed to keep findings of sexual harassment by two professors private.

One professor allegedly “insinuated to a female student that he was turned on and started kissing her neck,” according to the paper. Another professor “pinned a female student’s arms to her side, lowered his hands to her back and pressed his groin against her hips.”

Although the professors denied the claims, the campus Title IX office concluded that their accounts were not credible. But instead of disciplining the professors, Cal State San Marcos allowed them to resign voluntarily with paid administrative leave and agreed not to volunteer the information to prospective employers.

The university also expunged records of disciplinary action from one professor’s file, according to the paper.


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