The accused faculty members are on paid leave with restricted access to the campus. The investigation is ongoing, but the issue of alleged sexual misconduct at the hands of college faculty goes beyond Dartmouth's case.
In a 2015 survey, one in 10 female graduate students and one in five transgender or genderqueer graduate students reported being sexually harassed by a faculty member. In many cases, researchers and reporters found campus knowledge of faculty members' alleged sexual misconduct to be "open secrets."
Reluctant administrations, lack of transparency and most notably tenure protections can all help shield faculty members from facing discipline due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Earlier this year, in response to allegations of a University of Rochester professor's sexual misconduct, 1,100 professors and academics from around the world wrote in an open letter: "Both students and colleagues are telling many of us that they have come to expect sexual harassment to be a 'normal' and unavoidable part of academic life."