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Former SMU professor accuses university’s human rights program director of sexual harassment

Patricia Davis, a former Southern Methodist University professor, has filed a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against SMU.

Davis claims that her boss at SMU, Rick Halperin, subjected female students and staff to a sexually hostile work environment. ¬†Halperin is the director of the university’s Embrey Human Rights Program.

Davis claims that she heard Halperin engage in inappropriate sexual conversations with students, that a student told her that Halperin had “hit on her,” and that another student told her that she was “going out” with Halperin.

According to the complaint, When Davis confronted Halperin about one of these incidents, he “called her crazy and deeply troubled, and said that if Davis told anyone, she ‘should begin looking for another job.'”

Davis alleges that she complained about the sexual harassment “to multiple university administrators – from her college dean, to SMU’s Title IX coordinator, and eventually to the President’s office.”

Davis, who worked at SMU in various capacities for over 20 years, including as a professor for 13 years, claims she was fired on September 12, 2012 in retaliation for reporting Halperin’s alleged sexual harassment.

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