Todd Heatherton Statement 

  • Psychology professor Todd Heatherton is photographed in a study area at Dartmouth College's Moore Hall on October 7, 2016. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Geoff Hansen

Published: 10/31/2017 3:02:06 PM
Modified: 11/1/2017 2:58:30 PM

The following is the full text of a statement released by the attorneys of Todd Heaterton on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, after news broke that the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office launching a criminal investigation regarding “allegations of sexual misconduct” related to Heatherton and two other Dartmouth professors who were placed on paid leave last week.

Since Dr. Todd Heatherton was informed about Dartmouth’s investigation, he immediately cooperated and continues to do so to this day.

Upon learning of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s investigation today from a news release, we contacted the Associate Attorney General in charge of the investigation and learned that the Attorney General’s office has yet to review or receive any information from Dartmouth.  As Dartmouth’s President Philip J. Hanlon has indicated that the College’s internal “investigations are ongoing” with no findings to date, there should be no rush to judgment as to Dr. Heatherton’s violation of any policies or laws.

We have repeatedly reached out to Dartmouth to gain a better understanding of the investigation, and whether it relates to an out-of-state incident about which Dr. Heatherton was previously questioned.  Dartmouth has failed to respond.  Dr. Heatherton is confident that he has not violated any written policy of Dartmouth, including policies relating to sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.  He has engaged in no sexual relations with any student.

Dr. Heatherton’s year away from Dartmouth is wholly unrelated to the investigation, as he was awarded a Senior Faculty Grant in October 2016 to facilitate a long-planned sabbatical, and he has utilized it for the 2017-2018 academic year.  His sabbatical leave began on July 1, before he learned of the investigation.

The College not only did not advise Dr. Heatherton that he is a threat to campus safety but, with the College’s knowledge and approval, he has continued to work with, meet with, and mentor his current graduate students and advisees and is grateful for their support through this process.

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