The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption of South Australia (ICAC) discovered that former Adelaide University Vice Chancellor Peter Rathjen committed "serious misconduct" by harassing two women.
- The SA ICAC has determined that Peter Rathjen committed "serious misconduct" towards women
- Commissioner Bruce Lander found that Professor Rathjen repeatedly lied about his behavior
- He urged changes to the University of Adelaide's procedures for dealing with sexual harassment
Anti-Corruption Commissioner Bruce Lander discovered that Professor Rathjen inappropriately touched two members of the university staff and kissed one, after a work function in April 2019.
In a detailed statement, Commissioner sai d Professor Rathjen repeatedly lied to then-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Kevin Scarce, when asked about claims that he had a history of sexual harassment.
The statement said Professor Rathjen did not reveal that he was also being investigated for historical allegations. sexually harassed or abused a graduate student at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Rathjen, who was previously revealed to have spent $ 277,000 on business class travel while at the University of Tasmania, is also accused of lying to him
Professor Rathjen took indefinite leave in May, and the ICAC revealed later the misconduct allegations and the way the university treated them were under investigation.
In his public statement released this afternoon, Mr. Lander said that Professor Rathjen engaged in unwanted behavior by touching two colleagues on the bottom and kissing one of the women twice, after a work function.