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Review begins for Colorado professor accused of harassment


BOULDER, Colorado — A faculty review is under way in Boulder in the case of a professor accused of retaliating against a female graduate student who reported being sexually assaulted by a fellow student.

The University of Colorado has begun the process of firing tenured philosophy professor David Barnett.

Six faculty members are reviewing the case to make a recommendation to the university president and Board of Regents, who will ultimately decide Barnett's future. The university paid the woman $825,000 in a settlement in August, though Barnett denies he smeared the woman or called her "sexually promiscuous," as charged.

The Daily Camera reports ( that Barnett and his lawyer appeared Tuesday for the opening of a four-day hearing. They declined to comment.

Chancellor Phil DiStefano must prove that Barnett committed a fireable offense.

Information from: Daily Camera,

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