A medical school sex-crime scandal exposes secret agendas that students and faculty may have for the health of their students.
The Associated Press obtained a confidential report detailing a case at the University of Florida that led to the resignation of a professor who was the subject of sexual misconduct allegations.
The school’s president said the professor’s sexual misconduct is now being investigated by the school’s governing board and is not the focus of the investigation, but he declined to comment on specific allegations.
That professor, who is not named, has been suspended indefinitely pending an investigation.
The AP’s report was released Thursday and includes names of 19 people who said they were victims of sexual harassment and assault at the school.
It also includes details of several other cases of sexual assault, some involving students.
A school spokeswoman confirmed the university’s investigation.
The university’s vice president of external affairs, Mary Anne Tischler, said in a statement that “it is not a priority of the university to comment further on the specifics of any individual case, or on the nature of our ongoing efforts to prevent and address sexual misconduct.”
The school is the subject a federal investigation into alleged sexual assault and sexual harassment by students at a prestigious medical school in Florida, and the school has been the subject at least three lawsuits filed by students.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the allegations “unfortunate and disturbing.”
The Associated School has been accused of sexual discrimination since 1998, when the school had a female student who had accused a male professor of sexual impropriety.
A lawsuit was settled out of court in 2002, but the school did not admit to any wrongdoing.
In 2002, the AP reported that a female medical student at the medical school was assaulted by a male student who was a friend of the student’s boyfriend, who was on the school faculty.
The student told the AP that the alleged attack occurred at a party attended by several faculty members.
The student said she told her boyfriend about the incident in early 2003 and that the man eventually apologized.
She said she had no recollection of what happened afterward.
The woman sued the school in 2005 and won a $1 million settlement.
The university settled with her in 2011.
A spokesman for the university told the Associated Press that the university did not discuss the case publicly or discuss any potential resolution to the dispute.
In the settlement, the school agreed to have an independent investigation into the sexual misconduct accusations.
The school also agreed to take other steps to prevent the sexual harassment from happening in the future, including requiring faculty members to undergo sensitivity training and implementing a reporting system.
The University of North Dakota said in January that it was suspending a professor at its medical school after students said he sexually harassed several female students and one male student, and he has since been fired.
The North Dakota Medical School Board said in April that it would take disciplinary action against the professor, but it was unclear when that action would be taken.
In March, the University at Buffalo said it had launched an investigation into a former professor who allegedly had a relationship with several female medical students and a former student who accused him of sexual abuse.
The University at Rochester said in February it was launching a similar investigation into former dean of the school Michael M. Dorn.
In January, the U.S. Department of Education issued a warning letter to several medical schools that it is concerned about “unacceptable behavior and behaviors” and “sexual harassment, assault and harassment.”