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More PBS Allegations

The D has a thoroughly reported piece by Erin Lee and Ray Lu, Fifteen students allege three professors created ‘hostile academic environment’, that furthers the accusations against the three professors in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department. Here is the text of the students’ complaint as published in The D:

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The D also noted:

The 15 individuals gave their statement to The Dartmouth only on the condition that their identities would not be disclosed. Four of the 15 also spoke directly to The Dartmouth, and three more provided their own written statements recounting their time with the department. All 15 have also given statements to the College’s external investigator describing what they considered to be inappropriate behavior by the professors.

Curiously, beyond descriptions of a departmental culture that was heavy on socializing at events where a great deal of alcohol was served, the only detailed allegation of inappropriate behaviour was the following:

She described an incident at a social event with members of the department, at which she said everyone was drinking, and one of the professors put his arm around her. She said his arm slid lower, to the point that she was uncomfortable and “very aware of where his hand [was] on [her] body,” and she said she felt like she was being tested. She immediately left and went to the bathroom, she said.

Addendum: Another story has been printed in Slate: An Allegation, Then a Prestigious Professorship. After reporting on further allegations about PBS Professor Heatherton, the author, Daniel Engber, notes:

Todd Heatherton’s name has been removed from web pages relating to the two psychology textbooks he co-authored for W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Psychological Science, written with Michael Gazzaniga and Diane Halpern, first came out in 2003, with a sixth edition due out next year. Psychology in Your Life, written with Gazzaniga and Sarah Grison, was first published in 2015 and is now in its second edition. Heatherton is no longer listed among the authors of these books at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or WWNorton.com, though his name appears on the covers of those books, and can be found on cached versions of some bookseller web pages. Meanwhile, Heatherton’s author page on the W. W. Norton website now lists only the defunct Canadian edition of Psychological Science. A cached version of that page from earlier this month includes the American editions of both books. Neither W. W. Norton nor Heatherton has responded to a request for comment.

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