Harvard Bans Professor Jorge Dominguez, Strips Emeritus Status, After Finding ‘Unwelcome Sexual Conduct’ That Spanned Four Decades

Harvard University (Photo: USA TODAY)
Harvard University (Photo: USA TODAY)

Harvard University has barred prominent former professor Jorge Dominguez from its campus and stripped him of his emeritus status after an investigation found repeated “unwelcome sexual conduct” targeting multiple students and faculty over four decades.

The school Thursday announced the completion of a yearlong Title IX investigation into Dominguez, a government professor who was accused last year amid the #MeToo movement of a pattern of groping and other sexual harassment by at least 18 students and junior faculty members.

Harvard also said it now plans to conduct an external review of the school’s response to the complaints against Dominguez, a onetime vice provost. Many on the Ivy League campus have criticized how he was retained and even promoted at Harvard despite repeated complaints over the years.

Dominguez, an expert in Latin American studies and Cuba in particular, resigned last year after the new allegations, ending a run at Harvard that began in 1972. He had been disciplined by Harvard in 1983 for alleged sexual harassment but was allowed to continue teaching at the university anyway.

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SOURCE: Joey Garrison, USA TODAY