A federal lawsuit filed this week accuses three Dartmouth college professors of turning the school's Department of Psycological and Brain Sciences into a "21st Century Animal House" where female students were harassed and raped.
According to the lawsuit, tenured professors Todd Heatherton, William Kelley, and Paul Whalen, treated women like sex objects, by coercing the coeds into drinking, and making them feel as if their success in the school's program depended on whether they were willing to go along with the booze-soaked culture the professors created.
The 72-page complaint cites examples of problems within the program, including one professor forcing a female student to have sex with him against her will, to another professor sending unsolicited photos of his erect genitalia, the lawsuit cites.
The women are suing Dartmouth's trustees for $70 million, accusing the Ivy-League school of failing to protect them from sexual harassment. The lawsuit also accuses the school of failing to create a gender-based discrimination free environment - a violation of Title IX, the federal law that bars discrimination based on sex, in federal funded education programs and activities.
"The seven Plaintiffs, each an exemplary female scientist at the start of her career, came to Dartmouth to contribute to a crucial and burgeoning field of academic study. Plaintiffs were instead sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by the Department's tenured professors and expected to tolerate increasing levels of sexual predation," the lawsuit states.
Up to 40 current and former female students may be eligible to join the class-action lawsuit.