Trinity Hall professor banned from College after second enquiry into sexual misconduct

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Banned from teaching undergraduates in September 2015, and under investigation since November 2017 for attending a lecture where undergraduates were present, Peter Hutchinson will now leave Trinity Hall College. 

The first investigations in 2015 were a result of allegations that he had made comments of an ‘inappropriate sexual and sexist nature’ during supervisions.  Following the recent claim in November that he has not abided by his resulting ban against contact with undergraduates, ‘he will not be present in college at any time in the future,’ said a Trinity Hall spokesperson.  Hutchinson was aware that not following his sanctions would result in further investigation and as a result of this second enquiry he has agreed to leave.

Dr Hutchinson’s record of misconduct reaches back to 2006, when he defended himself against allegations that he had groped a student in her college rooms.  Then, in August 2015 ten students emailed the College’s senior tutor objecting to Hutchinson’s acts of sexual misconduct in university settings.  They specifically commented on Hutchinson’s questioning about how long sex lasted. 

Despite his record, Hutchinson maintained his position as an advisor on the College’s investment committee after the sanctions in 2015.  Reactions among the students who accused Hutchinson varied in response to the College’s reaction.

One complainant was upset that the College had not been faithful to its ‘zero-tolerance’ policy and it was only months ago that the university released its ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign.   The campaign involved remark about student-staff relations, and Hutchinson had even supported this movement in his recent statement prior to his second investigation.

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