Six months after a group of ten women first brought allegations of sexual misconduct, bullying and harassment against Alec Klein, the Northwestern University journalism professor resigned.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for the university confirmed Klein’s departure and wrote that Klein “will no longer be on the Northwestern campus or attend any university events.”
In February, a group of women calling themselves “Medill Me Too” published an open letter accusing Klein of sexually inappropriate behavior and bullying spanning years. Klein denied the charges but took a leave of absence from his position as Director of the Medill Justice Project at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The following month, 19 more women accused Klein of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.
Following the February revelations, the university – which cleared Klein of his wrongdoing in an earlier investigation – has launched a new investigation. At least 22 plaintiffs have turned up at Northwestern’s Title IX office, according to several sources familiar with the latest investigation. After concluding its investigation in June, the university released confidential findings to each of the plaintiffs. Several of them told the Reader that Northwestern found Klein violated the university’s sexual harassment policy and the “Civility and Mutual Respect Policy,” which covers bullying.
University issued a formal apology July 10. “Northwestern University apologizes to our current students and former and former employees for the experiences they have had,” wrote spokesperson Alan Cubbage, adding that the institution “is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of our community are safe, secure and free from sexual misconduct in any form. ”
Neither Klein nor his attorney, Andrew T. Miltenberg, could be reached for comment on Friday afternoon, while members of “Medill Me Too” were not yet ready to comment on Klein’s departure. the Daily Northwest reports that Klein confirmed his voluntary resignation to the school newspaper via text message.