Wednesday, November 07, 2018
In August, just days after a scientist alleged on Twitter that David Sweatt had "drugged and raped a student," Vanderbilt University in Nashville placed him on leave. Now, email correspondence obtained by BuzzFeed News confirms that a grad student at Oregon Health & Science University alleged he drugged and assaulted her. The documents also reveal that Vanderbilt was told about the anonymous allegation and warned that Sweatt represented a "potential safety threat" 11 months before they removed him from campus.
Strange twisting story on this one:
Vanderbilt told BuzzFeed News in a written statement that its Title IX office tried to substantiate the information provided by OHSU as soon as it was received, and "continued to pursue the issue until they had exhausted all available lines of inquiry." Because the student didn't make a complaint, and with her identity unknown, "they did not have a sufficient basis for conducting an investigation or taking any other immediate action."
After Collins tweeted a link to the blog post, Sarah Myhre, a climate scientist at the University of Washington, and a member of the Seattle branch of the group 500 Women Scientists, replied: "Do you know that Dr. David Sweatt, the gifted painter' you are lauding here, has been accused of drugging and raping a student?"
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