In March we posted on disgruntled conservative employees at the evangelical Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Today we learn that a Taylor professor kissed and inappropriately touched a student rape victim who sought his counsel.
Here is a taste of an article at Inside Higher Education:
A professor at Taylor University, who built the evangelical institution’s well-known professional writing program and is renowned in Christian publishing circles, has resigned amid accusations dating back 14 years that he kissed a student without her consent and has inappropriately touched other women.
Taylor officials were told at least three times of Dennis E. Hensley’s alleged misconduct over the 21 years that he worked at the university before they ultimately suspended him. He stepped down the same day, according to a statement the university issued Thursday.
One of his former advisees reported in 2004 that in a closed-door meeting, after she told Hensley that she had been raped just hours before, Hensley hugged her and kissed both her face and mouth while she cried. During this incident and on other occasions, Hensley was confronted and reprimanded, the university said, though it appeared he was never removed from his position. The university announced Thursday it had suspended him after fresh allegations surfaced.
Read the rest here.
I hope this is an isolated case. Taylor is a great school and a model of Christian higher education.