Title IX

University of Chicago biologist resigns amid claims of sexual misconduct

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 30: A Pedestrian walks through the Main Quadrangles (Quad) on the Hyde Park Campus of the University of Chicago on November 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A molecular biologist at the University of Chicago has resigned after the university recommended he be fired after harassing numerous female graduate students. According to a letter obtained by the New York Times, 43-year-old Jason Lieb, raped a student who was “incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent” and harassed numerous female graduate students on an off-campus retreat. He retired from his post last month.

“In light of the severity and pervasiveness of Professor Lieb’s conduct, and the broad, negative impact the conduct has had on the educational and work environment of students, faculty and staff, I recommend that the university terminate Professor Lieb’s academic appointment,” wrote Sarah Wake, the school’s Title IX coordinator, according the New York Times.

Dr. Lieb was put on staff despite anonymous allegations of prior harassment at the University of Chapel Hill and Princeton, where he resigned only seven months after being recruited. The University of Chicago committee that ultimately hired the biologist contacted both schools – Princeton refused to comment, and the investigation at UNC-CH, where he worked for 13 years, found no evidence to support the allegation.

In January, Representative Jackie Speier of California took the floor of the House to report on harassment of young female scientists by men in their departments, and vowed to press for change to federal law.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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