Former UConn Dean Wants To Sue State

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By Kathleen Megan, Hartford Courant

A former University of Connecticut dean is seeking permission to sue the state in connection with an investigation that targeted him for mishandling allegations of sexual misconduct against a music professor.

In a notice filed with state’s claims commissioner Tuesday, David G. Woods, the former dean of the School of Fine Arts, said that an investigative report commissioned by the state and prepared by a Philadelphia law firm “contained false statements of fact” harmful to his reputation.

Woods, who retired as dean in August 2012 and is now a professor on medical leave, said in the legal notice that UConn is relying on the Drinker Biddle & Reath report, which was released in February, in its effort to terminate his employment with the university.

“President Susan Herbst and the Board of Trustees released the report making false claims about Dean Woods for an improper purpose: namely to create a scapegoat when at all times Dean Woods followed university protocols and procedures…” the notice said.


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