Morehouse Student Accuses School Of Ignoring Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Professor
A Morehouse student is claiming that he was sexually assaulted by a professor and when he told his school, they allegedly did nothing about it. Now, the student is taking this matter to court by filing a lawsuit.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, an unidentified student accused assistant professor Robert Peterson of inappropriate behavior during a study abroad trip to Brazil in May of 2015. The student claims that during the flight to Brazil, the Prof. Peterson bought him alcoholic drinks knowing he was underage. He also alleges that Peterson groped him during the flight.
Peterson, who is a sociology professor, is also accused of misconduct with other students. The lawsuit states that he is known for offering good grades in exchange for sexual intercourse. He is also accused of sending sexually explicit photos to students.
After three attempts to alert Morehouse about what happened, the student became fed up and filed the lawsuit. The first attempt was when a faculty member told a department chair about the incident, but the proper department that handles complaints was not contacted. The student then filed a formal complaint in December of 2017, but the HBCU alleges they never received it. He submitted his complaint in January of this year for the second time.
The student claims that once he returned to school, Morehouse did not offer much support and he struggled academically, causing him to leave in fall 2017.
The student filed the lawsuit Monday (Nov. 5) in the Fulton County Superior Court. Peterson denies these allegations. According to a Morehouse representative, Peterson has not been working for the college since April 1st.