Dartmouth students await answers in professor misconduct investigation

HANOVER, N.H. (WCAX) As students walk across the green in Hanover on a rainy Monday afternoon, a criminal investigation unfolds into three Dartmouth College faculty members. Arts and Sciences professors Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen are the focus of a joint criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I was pretty shocked actually," said Brandon Lee, a junior.

The college says it is cooperating fully with the investigation but declined to comment further.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald is also saying very little to "ensure the integrity of the investigation."

So what the professors allegedly did remains a mystery.

"I know no real details have been released but I think a lot of people are waiting to hear back pretty intently," Lee said.

Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon released a statement which reads in part: "It is important to remember that investigations are ongoing, with no official findings yet produced. However, we take these allegations very seriously... " The statement also said, "...sexual misconduct and harassment are unacceptable and have no place at Dartmouth."

"I was kind of surprised," said Stella Berstein, a freshman. "I didn't expect it at a school this small. I didn't really know how to react."

Dartmouth is conducting its own investigation into the allegations. In the meantime, the professors are on paid leave with restricted access to campus, leaving students with more questions than answers.

"I really don't know anything about it. I have zero idea what's going on with it," Berstein said.

The attorney general's press release contains resources for victims of sexual violence. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call police.