U of Chicago Faculty Member Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Resigns

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Writing for New York magazine Jessica Roy reports on the resignation, under threat of termination, of Jason Lieb, a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago. Lieb had been accused of making “unwelcome sexual advances to multiple female grad students,” most notably at an “off-campus retreat,” and of engaging “in sexual activity with a student who was ‘incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent.'”

Worse, Lieb had apparently faced a similar accusation while holding a previous position at the University of North Carolina. In fact, the search committee at the University of Chicago had been made aware of the previous accusation “but though they looked into it, they couldn’t find sufficient evidence to corroborate the claim”: “Lieb had told them during the interview process” that after he had secured a position at Princeton University, the university had indeed “faulted him for not informing them about a complaint of unwanted contact…

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