Professor Accused of Harassment Says Student Instigated

The Northwestern professor at the heart of a sexual harassment suit against the school filed court papers Friday saying he rebuffed the then 19-year-old freshman.

Peter Ludlow, the Northwestern philosophy professor at the heart of a sexual harassment lawsuit against the university, filed court papers Friday saying that he rebuffed the then 19-year-old when she came onto him during a night out in Chicago, according to an NCB5 report.

The student, who is now a junior, has filed suit against both the school and Ludlow, whom she says got her drunk, kissed her and slept next to her in his bed. The school acknowledges that Ludlow engaged in “inappropriate sexual advances” and says in court papers that he was disciplined.

The student says the incident left her traumatized to the point that she attempted suicide and sometimes had anxiety attacks so bad she couldn’t leave home.

Ludlow countered in court papers that he tried to send her home in a cab and rebuffed her advances, NBC reports. He also thought she was 22.

Ludlow is not teaching the rest of his classes this quarter, which ends next week. The school has not said if there will be any changes to his class schedule next quarter.

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Mary March 08, 2014 at 07:53 PM
@Steph Pollini -- The article states that the university has investigated the case and found that Ludlow "engaged in inappropriate sexual advances."
David Dickson March 09, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Poor helpless professor who rebuffed freshman, but somehow both ended up in his bed and she woke up with his arms around her. For some reason I don't believe the man.....
Mary March 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM
S--As I replied to you in another thread, it doesn't matter what "he said, she said" or who instigated what. It is inappropriate for a 55-year-old professor to go out on a date with a 19-year-old student. There is a coercive power imbalance in their respective positions, which is why universities have policies against this type of activity. It doesn't matter who initiated the date or whether the student had a fake ID-- is that your embellishment, by the way? A 19-year-old freshman can lack maturity or judgment, but a 55-year-old senior faculty member should not. But hey, just in case he does, he can refer to his employer's policy on the subject, which says don't do it! He went on the date despite the policy, and the university found that he had violated their policy. Not hard to understand.


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