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Sahotra Sarkar

Professor, Philosophy and Integrative Biology

Students and student employees filed complaints against Sarkar, Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Integrative Biology, in the summer of 2016. Complainants reported sexual misconduct, including allegations that Sarkar invited complainants to go swimming with him at nude beach, propositioned complainants to pose nude for photographs, held many school‐related meetings at bars, and led discussions that were sexual in nature and uncomfortable for the complainants. OIE investigated. Sarkar was placed on administrative leave during the investigation. OIE determined that there was sufficient evidence to find that Sarkar violated HOP 3‐3031.

Complaint Date: summer 2016
Teaching Summer or Fall 2021: Yes, teaching both Summer and Fall 2021. Summer 2021 courses: PHL s325M MEDICINE/ETHICS/SOCIETY-WB (second session). Fall 2021 courses: CTI 335M MARX AND MARXIST THEORY, EUS 346 30-MARX AND MARXIST THEORY, HIS 332R MARX AND MARXIST THEORY, PHL 342M MARX AND MARXIST THEORY, PHL 325D ENVIRONMNTL ETHICS/PHILOSOPHY

Involved in research Summer or Fall 2021: Yes (https://sahotra-sarkar.org/projects/).

Employment Action Taken:
On January 6, 2017, the Vice President and Provost issued a letter agreeing with OIE’s findings and placed Sarkar on a one‐semester suspension. During his suspension, Sarkar was restricted from teaching or advising students and prohibited from conducting on‐campus research.

Longer Detailed Summary of Findings:

Complainant students and student employees filed complaints against Sarkar, Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Integrative Biology, in the summer of 2016. Complainantsreported sexual misconduct, including allegations that Sarkar invited complainants to go swimming with him at nude beach, propositioned complainants to pose nude for photographs, held many school‐related meetings at bars, and led discussions that were sexual in nature and uncomfortable for the complainants. OIE investigated. Sarkar was placed on administrative leave during the investigation. OIE determined that there was sufficient evidence to find that Sarkar violated HOP 3‐3031.

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