A former U.S. attorney has been tabbed to investigate alleged sexual misconduct involving a former psychiatry professor at the Yale School of Medicine.
Yale President Peter Salovey announced that former prosecutor Deidre Daly has been commissioned to launch an investigation into the conduct of former professor Eugene Redmond, who retired last summer when the school began disciplinary actions against him in July. The investigation is expected to include interviews with students, staff and alumni.
The sexual misconduct complaints arose in the context of a research facility that Redmond ran on the island of St. Kitts. The facility offered summer research internships to students from Yale and other institutions.
Salovey noted that Redmond conducted laboratory research and did not see patients. He remains banned from the Yale campus and has been “denied the privileges of a retired faculty member.”
According to Salovey, last summer, the university conducted disciplinary proceedings against Redmond in connection with a recent allegation of misconduct. While investigating the allegations, it was discovered that additional sexual misconducts complaints were brought against Redmond in 1994 who worked on St. Kitts. A Yale investigation in 1994 had been unable to verify those earlier allegations, but Redmond confirmed that he would end the internship program.
The investigation found that in recent years, Redmond had once again begun inviting interns to St. Kitts for the summer, and two students brought forth new complaints. One of the complaints led to the 2018 disciplinary proceeding, and another complaint was brought forward in 2019.
“I have ordered a comprehensive and independent investigation of possible additional misconduct by Redmond, based on the information that came to our attention during the disciplinary process and subsequently in recent weeks,” Salovey said. “We must learn whether there are additional survivors who wish to come forward, and we need to understand the facts relating to the internship program.
“Sexual harassment and misconduct have no place at Yale,” Salovey added. “I am deeply angered by what we have learned of Professor Redmond’s behavior, and I am committed to the investigation that will shine more light on it: a university dedicated to the pursuit of truth can ask no less of itself.”
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