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Valparaiso woman gets $200K for sexual harassment at Purdue

May 27, 2016

Attorneys for a Valparaiso woman say Purdue University has paid her a $200,000 settlement after she alleged she was sexually harassed by two professors while serving as a graduate student and teaching assistant.

They say Mary Christine Alwan struck the out-of-court settlement after filing civil rights complaints last fall with the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The attorneys tell The (Munster) Times the harassment occurred during the 2014-15 school year in the graduate political science program on the West Lafayette campus. One professor made sexually explicit comments, and the other gave her a fully nude photo of himself.

Both professors were allowed to resign.

Purdue said in a statement Thursday that it acted swiftly to address the conduct well before the complaints were filed.

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