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Former Yale Professor Assaulted 5 Students

August 21, 2019
 
 

A report commissioned by Yale University found that the institution’s policies failed to stop D. Eugene Redmond Jr., a former professor of psychiatry, from sexually assaulting students at a research facility in St. Kitts spanning decades, according to the New Haven Register. Redmond, who retired last year amid an inquiry into his conduct, reportedly said that he had ended an internship program in the Caribbean after three students accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment in 1994. But he then recruited more students between 2001 and 2017, according to the commissioned report released Tuesday. Redmond denied the allegations against him and did not cooperate with investigators, the report says.

Redmond was found to have abused multiple students over the years, including during purported medical exams, and to have assaulted five students in five separate incidents. Victims reportedly included young men and a transgender adult. “Each of these incidents occurred in a bedroom that Redmond required each student to share with him and after each of the students had been drinking with Redmond,” the report reads. Investigators also faulted Yale for looking into Redmond's conduct following the 1994 allegations but failing “to implement any meaningful monitoring mechanisms to ensure ongoing oversight of Redmond and student activity at the St. Kitts facility.”

President Peter Salovey said in statement that Redmond’s “actions, reported by the survivors who came forward, are reprehensible and antithetical to the educational mission of our university. I state again in the strongest possible terms that sexual misconduct and sexual assault have no place in this university.” Based on the new investigation, Yale has adopted protocols for reviewing faculty disciplinary records “so that relevant administrators can easily access a complete picture of any prior misconduct,” even when there is administrative turnover, Yale said.

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