Sleazeball CU prof defames victim of sexual assault, and more

By Max R. Weller

Read CU-Boulder moves to fire professor accused of retaliating against sexual assault victim in the Daily Camera. Quoting from the report below:

The University of Colorado is moving to fire a tenured faculty member after the Boulder campus paid $825,000 this week to settle a graduate student’s allegations that the philosophy professor retaliated against her for reporting she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student . . .

According to the notice of claim obtained by the Daily Camera, a female graduate student described being sexually assaulted by a male philosophy doctoral student at an off-campus party in August 2012.

Such notices of claim must be filed in advance of suing Colorado public institutions. In this case, CU settled before any lawsuit was filed.

Consider what this professor did in response; his actions were outrageous. Continuing excerpt:

After the Office of Discrimination and Harassment concluded its case, Barnett launched his own investigation into the woman’s reported sexual assault, according to the victim’s notice of claim, which was filed with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office on July 3.

According to the notice of claim, Barnett had discussions with university faculty members and students about the victim’s sexual history, marital relationship and her sexual behavior on the night of the alleged sexual assault.

The document also said that Barnett told faculty members, university administrators and students that the victim was “sexually promiscuous” and that she falsified the report of the assault. Barnett, the document alleged, wrote that the victim fabricated the sexual assault to cover up the fact that she was cheating on her boyfriend.

Barnett wrote a 38-page report about the victim and sent it to the university, according to the notice of claim.

Professor Barnett is creepy, to say the least. On what basis did he seek to intervene in this matter, if not for retaliation on behalf of the male student accused? Prof. Barnett’s “investigation” was gratuitous, and his silly butt should be fired.

University of Colorado associate philosophy professor David Barnett

University of Colorado associate philosophy professor David Barnett (University of Colorado)

Seems as though CU’s philosophy department is out of control: Dismissal proceedings, sexual harassment case latest blows . . . Can anything good be salvaged from this train wreck? I doubt it.

Great weather recently, which makes sleeping outdoors a real pleasure.

More on tiny houses: Here’s What Austin’s Newest Housing For The Chronically Homeless Looks Like. It won’t be happening in Boulder, CO where the powers-that-be in both the shelter/services industry and city government have their heads where the sun don’t shine.

That’s all for now, folks.


2 thoughts on “Sleazeball CU prof defames victim of sexual assault, and more

  1. SpiffyHeart

    Max, you do not seem to know just how many rape accusations are false. Especially on campuses! The accuser is protected by rape shield laws, while the male, gets to be convicted, without due process, and his name splashed over media! An accusation should NOT make the guy automatically guilty….but almost always DOES! The stats are difficult to obtain, but it’s 1/3 accusations, or as many as 50% are actually false. The system is stacked against the defendant in ALL rape trials! There is NO way to get a FAIR trial in the US….period! You might educate yourself by reading the web page, community of the wrongfully accused, dot com.

    1. homelessphilosopher Post author

      Professor Barnett was NOT accused of sexual assault. That involved a male doctoral student, and the good professor stuck his nose into a matter that was — strictly speaking — none of his damn business. It cost the University of Colorado over $800,000 and is yet another black eye to CU’s reputation. The professor was way out of bounds, regardless of whether or not the original accusation against someone else had any merit. BTW, we don’t know the name of the accused male student, who is no longer associated with the university.


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