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$14M Settlement for Dartmouth Sex Misconduct Plaintiffs

Nine plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit stemming from alleged sexual misconduct by three former Dartmouth College professors will receive at least $75,000 each and can apply to receive more, according to a proposed settlement filed in federal court.

The settlement, which is subject to approval by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Landya McCafferty, outlines how the $14 million settlement amount will be distributed and to whom. The agreement, which was filed Tuesday in Concord, also outlines several efforts the college has pledged to make to address sexual misconduct on campus.

The plaintiffs alleged in their complaint, first filed last November, that college administrators turned a blind eye to sexual harassment and assault for years, despite knowing about the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences professors’ behavior, which the plaintiffs alleged included furnishing alcohol, discussing sexual preferences in professional settings, engaging in unwanted sexual relationships and threatening their professional careers.

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