Dean: U of M Professor Retires Following Sexual Harassment Complaints

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May 18, 2018 05:51 AM

The Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota says the head of the school's biostatistics division has elected to retire.

This after the dean says a formal investigation by the university's Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action concluded he committed serious violations of the university's sexual harassment policy.

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In a letter addressed to School of Public Health faculty, staff and students, provided by the school, John Finnegan Jr. wrote Professor Brad Carlin "chooses to exercise his right to retire from the University of Minnesota effective June 11, 2018. He will no longer have a relationship with SPH in any capacity. He has further expressed regret for his actions and their impact."

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Finnegan's letter said after Carlin was the subject of a blog post last December regarding inappropriate behavior toward a woman at a conference in 2010, additional people came forward to file reports about his behavior at the School of Public Health.

His letter says those who filed complaints alleged a pattern of "sexually-themed comments, including observations regarding women's attractiveness, inappropriate conversations about sexual matters, and an unwelcome request for sexual contact."

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He added that Carlin's status "as a division head, professor, or expert in his field caused some to worry about how their response to his conduct might negatively affect their careers."

"Prof. Carlin is an accomplished scholar whose expertise in biostatistics is well recognized," Finnegan wrote. "Regardless, Prof. Carlin's actions are in conflict with the values of the University and the School and cannot be tolerated."

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