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Peter Hutchinson, a non-stipendiary fellow at Trinity Hall, was banned in September 2015 from teaching undergraduates and attending social events where they were present.
A Cambridge academic who was found to have sexually harassed 10 students has been readmitted to his college less than two years after it was announced he had been permanently removed. In 2017, Dr Peter Hutchinson was banned from Trinity Hall and from contacting students. Trinity Hall now says the decision to remove him had “not been agreed with Dr Peter Hutchinson and was incorrect”.
Breaking:Dr Peter Hutchinson Readmission to the college
Dr Peter Hutchinson Cambridge don who was accused of sexually harassing 10 students has been readmitted to his college as the university said the decision to remove him was wrong.
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Dr Peter Hutchinson was barred from Trinity Hall and from contacting students in 2017 after a string of allegations were made against him.
However, the college has now said the decision was “incorrect” and that the retired modern and medieval languages don would be able to attend certain college events and exercise dining rights.
The decision comes after Dr Peter Hutchinson quit teaching in 2015 after facing nearly a dozen complaints ten students, dating from 2014.
The students reported incidents of “inappropriate, sexual and sexist comments” Dr Peter Hutchinson had allegedly made during seminars and social events.
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Trinity Hall, whose alumni include Stephen Hawking and the Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weisz, launched an investigation earlier this month into whether he breached these conditions by attending the Milestone lecture at the college in November when undergraduates were present.
The investigation came two years after a formal complaint of sexual harassment against Hutchinson, then a modern languages teacher at Trinity Hall.
Dr Peter Hutchinson S*xual comments
In August 2015, 10 students detailed separate incidents of “inappropriate, s*xual and s*xist comments” that Hutchinson had allegedly made in 2014 and 2015 at seminars, supervisions, other teaching sessions and social events at the university.
After a formal investigation, the university’s main teacher, Clare Jackson, wrote to the plaintiffs in September 2015, informing them that Hutchinson apologized for “any anguish the students may have experienced during the cases cited” and “accepted .. … that some of the words and actions cited in your complaint were … improperly and legitimately could be construed as harassment. ”
Dr Peter Hutchinson and Trinity Hall Banned
In 2017, Dr Peter Hutchinson was banned from Trinity Hall and from contacting students.
Trinity Hall now says the decision to remove him had “not been agreed with Dr Peter Hutchinson and was incorrect”.
One ex-student who had complained said the reversal was “a slap in the face”.
Dr Peter Hutchinson quit teaching modern and medieval languages in 2015 following an internal college investigation into his conduct.
He faced complaints of nearly a dozen “inappropriate” incidents in 2014 and 2015.
In 2017, Trinity Hall said he had permanently withdrawn from any further involvement with the college after breaching sanctions imposed on him after the initial complaints.
At the time, a Trinity Hall spokesman said: “We can confirm Dr Peter Hutchinson has withdrawn permanently from any further involvement with college affairs, including from his role on the finance committee.
Why Dr Peter Hutchinson Readmitted?
Yesterday Trinity Hall said the statement it had released in 2017 “had not been agreed with Dr Hutchinson and was incorrect” and that upon his retirement he had automatically become an Emeritus Fellow of the college.
It added: “Confusion arose in 2017 following Dr Hutchinson’s attendance at a College lecture to which he had been invited. The College and Dr Hutchinson have now formalized and clarified the events which Dr Hutchinson may choose to attend, to avoid further confusion.
“In line with the rights and privileges afforded to Emeritus Fellows of the College, Dr Hutchinson will continue to attend certain College events and to exercise his dining rights, but will not attend events primarily aimed at students or alumni except by agreement with the college.”
Fast Facts You Must Need to Know
- Dr Peter Hutchinson was banned from having any contact with undergraduates
- The German lecturer was investigated over the comments made in 2014/2015
- He expressed ‘deep sorrow and regret the pain’ they caused female students