UT adviser fired, accused of sexually harassing female students at prior university
Earlier today, Dr. Lee Waldrep’s employment was terminated, according to University of Tennessee officials.
Waldrep, an academic adviser for the UT college of architecture and design, was placed on administrative leave Monday following a report of sexual harassment from the University of Illinois being made public Sunday.
The university said it did not follow the standard procedure of performing reference checks when the college hired Waldrep.
The university said it is committed to ensuring those across campus who make hiring decisions understand the expectations for adhering to our processes and will take steps to prevent this from happening again.
UT said it became aware of the allegations on Dec. 16. Officials placed him on paid administrative leave on Dec. 17 and are not allowing him on campus.
According to an investigative report filed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Aug. 2017, the university received complaints from eight students who alleged they were sexually harassed by Waldrep.
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