The fallout from the handling of the case of Prof. Lawrence Connell is starting to be felt at Widener Law School.
Widener has confirmed that two members of Widener Law School’s Board of Overseers and fundraising subcommittee have resigned. In an e-mail to me, Widener’s Director of Public Relations wrote:
That is not accurate [that two University trustees resigned]. No trustees have resigned. A member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Law and a member of the School of Law Campaign Subcommittee have stepped down from those roles for reasons that they have personally conveyed to President Harris and Dean Ammons.
Widener University will continue to follow its legal obligation to investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment complaints filed by students and will treat acts of retaliation against such students as serious charges in accordance with federal law.
Widener did not identify the individuals who resigned, and declined to divulge the reasons.
Sources reveal to me that the two individuals are indeed very high profile members of the Widener Law School Alumni community, including a large donor, and that in at least one of the instances, the person stated that he was resigning in protest of the sanctions imposed on Connell.
I will have more details in a subsequent post, probably Monday if not sooner, as additional details are confirmed.