Taylor University, a Liberal Arts Christian College in Indiana, revealed last week that it knew of a sexual misconduct complaint filed 14 years ago by a female student against one of its renowned professors, but only disciplined and cautioned him, allowing him to continue working at the institution.
As Inside Higher Ed reported on Monday, the incident dates back 14 years ago at the evangelical institution, where Dennis E. Hensley, who built its professional writing program, was accused by a female student of kissing her without her consent shortly after she revealed that she had been raped.
Hensley denies the claim and all sexual misconduct accusations, including that he inappropriately touched other women.
A statement last week by Taylor University on the situation came as Hensley resigned from his position following new allegations, attempting to explain the timeline of events.
“Fourteen years ago (2004), a complaint was filed against Dennis Hensley by a student. Although the investigation at that time yielded conflicting stories, Hensley was disciplined and cautioned,” it wrote.
“During the next 14 years, two potential conduct concerns came to the university’s attention, neither of which involved students or were related to the 2004 complaint. Hensley was confronted in both of these situations and disciplined.”
The statement explains that the university was recently made aware of “significant and credible allegations of serious misconduct by Hensley.”
“Although these allegations did not involve Taylor students or employees, we promptly commenced an investigation, which included interviews and statements from those involved, and subsequently informed Hensley that he was suspended with immediate effect while the investigation was ongoing,” it continued.
“On the same day that he was notified of his suspension, Hensley offered an unsolicited and unconditional resignation from Taylor University, which we accepted.”
The Christian institution insisted that it’s “guided by biblical principles of truth, justice and grace,” and it’s “grieved by any instance of predatory behavior or abuse of power.”
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Source: Christian Post