ICAC: Peter Rathjen found to have inappropriately touched multiple female employees

Words by Nicholas Birchall

Content Warning: Sexual Assault

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Pictured: disgraced former Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen

After months of speculation, in a brief statement released by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), disgraced former Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen was found to have made unwanted inappropriate advances towards several female colleagues.

This included unwanted touching of their bottoms, and kissing following a university function in April of 2019.

This statement noted that Rathjen had lied both to ICAC and to former Chancellor Kevin Scarce regarding these allegations, and was noted to lie “whenever it suited him to do so.”

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Pictured: Excerpt of ICAC Statment

The statement also detailed how Scarce had not adequately investigated these allegations at the time.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing distress at University, please do not hesitate to get in contact with a Student Grievance and Conduct Advisor on 8313 7503 or 8313 4456.

A list of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Information Network (SASH) members at Adelaide Uni can be found here.

For a more broad overview of services available, visit: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/safer-campus-community/

In an emergency, call 000.

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