Know your professor’s history with misconduct database

Class registration for the summer and fall semesters begins April 27. Three UT professors who have been found in violation of sexual misconduct policy will be teaching during both.

Coleman Hutchison will be teaching E 349S and E 372L in the fall. He will also be co-teaching E f316M, online this summer with Evan Carton.

Sahotra Sarkar will be teaching PHL 325D and PHL 363L in the fall. He will also be teaching PHL f325M, an online course, this summer.

Kevin Dalby will be teaching PGS 196H, a graduate research conference, in the fall. He will also be teaching PGS w196H, an online graduate research conference, this summer. 

All were found in violation of University misconduct policy for making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to students.

Until now, there has been no dedicated, easily accessible location to find this information.

That is why The Daily Texan editorial board has been working with the Coalition Against Sexual Misconduct, student members of the Misconduct Working Group, Natural Sciences Council, Liberal Arts Council and Undergraduate Business Council to create one.

The UT-Austin Sexual Misconduct Database, which went online earlier this week, includes the names, violations and employment statuses of all 30 faculty and staff who have violated misconduct policy since 2013. Journalists and activists have spent years making these names public. Our goal is to update and maintain this database so that future students registering for classes know the history of their potential professors.

As part of their sexual misconduct reforms, UT has agreed to presume termination for faculty that violate sexual harassment, assault, stalking or interpersonal violence policy. The University has also agreed to proactively release the names of all violators who remain on staff. Those names will be included in the database as we receive them. The Texan will also continue filing Freedom of Information Act requests in order to expand the timeline and scope of this project.

The responsibility to make these names public and accessible should ultimately fall on the University. But in their absence, we will use our platform to help protect students from potential predators in their classrooms. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the database, don’t hesitate to reach out to the editorial board at [email protected].

The editorial board is composed of associate editors Abhirupa Dasgupta, Hannah Lopez, Sanika Nayak, Abby Springs, and editor-in-chief Spencer Buckner.