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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.


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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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An anonymous Title IV complaint was made, followed up on by multiple universities but never investigated because a formal complaint wasn't filed and sufficient information wasn't present. Then, another scientist from a different institution levels the accusation on Twitter and the university is forced to suspend the professor.

Either there's a lot of information missing from the article or second hand information via social media is now sufficient.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-07 09:55 AM | Reply

Why would the student come forward? There is nothing she can do to prove the allegation other than surveillance video. She will have to wait until he rapes a few more students to get any justice.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-11-07 12:21 PM | Reply

Why would the student come forward?

Because with a formal Title IX complain filed an investigation would have started. She would have still remained anonymous except to a small number of people.

But instead we have an uninvolved scientist using social media to air an accusation and a threat. (BTW look at her website...talk about ego).

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-07 12:59 PM | Reply

#2 Did you read the whole article? Most of the details are in the bottom paragraphs.

Twitter justice....

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-11-07 01:30 PM | Reply

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