- Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen were put on paid leave from Dartmouth College last week
- The three professors have had their access to the Ivy School restricted
- New Hampshire attorney general’s office said Tuesday it was carrying out a criminal investigation
- Details of allegations haven’t been released but the school said it was ‘serious’
Three psychology professors at Dartmouth College are under criminal investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct.
The professors – Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen – were put on paid leave from the Ivy League college last week and have had their access to campus restricted due to the allegations.
Details of the allegations have not been released but the college described them as ‘serious’.
The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said Tuesday it was carrying out a criminal investigation with local, county and state law enforcement agencies.
The investigation was sparked after the college newspaper, The Dartmouth, inquired last week with administration officials on the whereabouts of the three professors after they had suddenly disappeared from the campus.
The college had said it was conducting its own investigation.
But officials later told authorities it had received complaints of sexual misconduct allegedly involving the professors.
The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said Tuesday it was carrying out a criminal investigation in relation to the Dartmouth College professors
In a statement on Tuesday, Dartmouth president, Philip J. Hanlon, said the college was cooperating with the criminal investigations.
‘We take these allegations very seriously and are pursuing our own independent investigations in coordination with law enforcement officials,’ he said.
‘I want to say in the most emphatic way possible that sexual misconduct and harassment are unacceptable and have no place at Dartmouth. Such acts harm us as individuals and as members of the community.’
The professors did not immediately respond to email messages seeking comment.