An independent inquiry is being launched into allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at St Hugh’s College.The college has confirmed that its governing body commissioned the investigation following claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased fellow.It is understood the fellow is Professor David Robertson, who died in August last year.The inquiry was set up after author and graduate Melanie McGrath wrote an online article, accusing Robertson of “doing a Weinstein on me” – a reference to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – when she was an undergraduate studying PPE in the 1980s.She wrote: “David, who was my tutor, held tutorials in his flat on college grounds and had an uncanny knack for scheduling a shower, at whatever time of day, just before I arrived. He’d open the door – as if innocently – dressed in his bathrobe and, one time, in a tiny towel.“For the next hour I would have to undergo the humiliating experience of reading my essay, on which I had laboured hard and with serious intent, while David sat opposite, half-naked and manspreading, often smelling of alcohol and sipping from a mug of what was never tea or coffee.“In the midst of my valiant efforts to get a grip on the topic of the week, David might proffer a helpful comment, such as why he preferred it when I curled my hair. Once he dropped a useful note in my pigeonhole to say he couldn’t help noticing I hadn’t got a boyfriend.”McGrath went on to criticise St Hugh’s, noting how Robertson was assigned as her “personal tutor”, and thus the individual to whom she was meant to go to if she had a problem.She was also critical of the college’s supposed ignorance of the matter, claiming that if they “hadn’t heard the rumours of his misconduct they couldn’t have been listening very hard.”The inquiry will be chaired by Alison Levitt QC, who carried out a review into the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile.The terms of reference given to Levitt state: “The College has recently received allegations of historic misconduct and sexual harassment about a now deceased Fellow from two former students.“The College requests you to carry out an independent investigation about these allegations and whether the circumstances of these or of similar allegations were known to the members of governing body or management staff of the College.“If so, to report on the adequacy and appropriateness of the College’s responses and any action taken in respect of such allegations or circumstances, with any recommendations for action.”The college confirmed that an investigation had been launched, but a spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to comment until the investigation was complete.
By U.S. Embassy, Bogotá, edited by Diálogo November 20, 2018 U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in Colombia on November 14th, on the second half of its trip to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, as part of humanitarian mission Enduring Promise 2018. Authorities held an opening ceremony for the Comfort’s mission in Colombia as it started its medical assistance aid in Turbo, Antioquia department, November 16th. Along with volunteers from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, the United States, and other nations, the Comfort’s personnel assisted hundreds of patients and conducted surgeries aboard the ship. By day two, November 17th, the USNS Comfort had cared for 1,013 patients and conducted 16 surgeries. General practitioners, specialists, and dentists begin in the early morning to admit patients arriving from different villages and municipalities from the Urabá region, in Antioquia department. For Carmen Mosquera, 83, the medical care meant seeing the future with more optimism. “Now I can see well; you know how unsafe it can be for those who cannot see well,” Mosquera said, showing her three new pairs of glasses. During the opening ceremony at the Marine Riverine Battalion in Turbo, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Bill Whitaker, along with other U.S. government representatives, thanked Colombian entities and institutions involved in the humanitarian mission and stated that thanks to the joint effort and advance coordination, hundreds of citizens will improve their health conditions and have access to surgeries and high-quality medical attention. “We seek to be by Colombia’s side in this crucial moment in the country’s history,” Whitaker said. “You can count on us. We will be by your side now and in the future, just like in the past. Together we can.” In addition to Ambassador Whitaker, Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier, from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; U.S. Navy Captain William K. Shafley, and Colombian Minister of Defense Guillermo Botero Nieto took part in the event. “The Comfort is a multinational effort of the Americas for the Americas,” Breier said. “The United States’ commitment to Colombia goes beyond any particular policy or objective. The mission we start today is part of this commitment.” The goal of humanitarian mission Enduring Promise is to provide treatment and medical assistance to vulnerable populations in Turbo (November 16th-20th) and Riohacha (November 26th-30th). Colombia is the only country with two scheduled stops for the Comfort, reflecting the close, continuing cooperation between the two governments. It’s the fifth time the Comfort goes to Colombia as part of U.S. Southern Command’s wider regional effort. The ship will head to Honduras upon completing the mission in Colombia.