CU Boulder professor accused of sexual harassment placed on leave amid investigation, according to report

A University of Colorado professor has been placed on leave, and reportedly banned from campus, as CU officials investigate misconduct allegations against her.

Amy Wilkins, an associate professor of sociology, is accused of “a pattern of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct that spans more than a decade,” according to reporting by the Chronicle of Higher Eduation. The Chronicle also reported that Wilkins has been banned from campus and ordered not to contact seven people as university officials investigate.

CU spokesman Ryan Huff confirmed that Wilkins has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 1. He declined to comment further, citing personnel privacy laws and policies. Excluding someone from campus is a decision made on a case-by-case basis, he said.

Wilkins did not respond to an email request for comment, and calls to a landline listed under her name showed the number has been disconnected. It appears that her nameplate has been removed from outside an office, listed as hers on her CU employee page, in the Ketchum Arts and Sciences building. In addition to her duties as a professor, she has been overseeing the department’s undergraduate honors program. Between 2014 and 2016, according to her online CV, she was also the department’s graduate program director.

Herbert Covert, the chair of the sociology department, confirmed that other faculty members were covering her courses and her oversight of the honors program in her absence, but he declined to comment further and said he was instructed to direct inquiries to Huff, the CU spokesman.



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