CCSU documents reveal 10 years of investigations into alleged sexual misconduct, advances

Published on Monday, 14 October 2019 21:11
Written by Charles Paullin

@CPaullinNBH

The link to the full CCSU report can be found in the story below.

Some information in the 190 page report has been redacted by CCSU due to privacy concerns for the victims. Some of the information contained in the report is graphic in nature and could be disturbing to readers.

NEW BRITAIN – Recently released documents from Central Connecticut State University show nearly 10 years of investigations of alleged sexual misconduct and unwanted sexual advances by several faculty members and university staff members. The incidents detailed in the report are separate investigations into each staff member named.

Several professors are named in the 190 pages of investigations that were released after a Freedom of Information Act request by CCSU student reporters at The Recorder, said Janice Palmer, spokesperson for the university.

The Herald has previously reported on the investigations into math professor Mihai Bailesteanu as well as theatre professors Thomas Delventhal and Joshua Perlstein.

Those investigations found that Bailesteanu violated the Board of Regents/Connecticut State College and University sexual misconduct policy, and that Perlstein and Delventhal more than likely were involved in sexual misconduct.

But included in the recently released documents are accusations against former women’s softball coach Jeffrey Franquet, adjunct lecturer Mohamed Ghonaim, English professor Daniel Gula, marketing professor Khoon Koh, professor Moises Salinas and psychology professor Lauren Perdue.

In those investigations, the university found that comments made by the professors that in some instances were unwanted and sexual in nature and rose to the level of violating the BOR/CSCU sexual misconduct policy.

The investigations were completed by the school’s Office of Diversity and Equity, now named the Office of Equity and Inclusion; the law firm of Shipman and Goodwin or an assistant to the president.

To view a full copy of the report, visit the following link: https://web.ccsu.edu/files/ODE_Reports_Findings.pdf?redirected

Only professor Bailesteanu is employed at the university at this time, according to CCSU President Zulma Toro. He continues to go through the American Association of University Professors arbitration process. It is unclear where the other professors are currently employed.

The university in April hired Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo for one year starting on July 1 to lead the Office of Equity and Inclusion and help implement a 15-step action plan, which includes re-engineering the departments that failed to address some of the sexual misconduct complaints. The school also hired two people to fill the newly created investigator positions.

The school also hired Sibson Consulting at a cost not to exceed $170,000 to reorganize the Office of Diversity & Equity, the Human Resources Department, and Office of the University Ombudsperson, which oversees issues related to Title IX, Palmer said.

“As infuriating as it is that bad behaviors and poor judgment of a few tarnish the University’s reputation, we must remain vigilant in empowering the Central family to speak up and feel confident that we hear them and will aggressively pursue complaints of misconduct,” said Toro, in an email to students at the school Friday. The email included the above link to the full report and was sent to all current CCSU students.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunciations.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 14 October 2019 21:11. Updated: Monday, 14 October 2019 21:13.