ESU Faculty: Hold Off On Renaming Building For Dillman

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Monday, July 30, 2012

East Stroudsburg University faculty members want to halt plans to rename Monroe Hall after recently retired university President Robert Dillman — at least until Dillman's name is cleared of allegations that he covered up alleged sexual abuse committed by a top university official.

In a 2009 lawsuit filed against the university, six male students allege they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Isaac W. Sanders, then the executive director of the ESU Foundation and vice president for advancement at the university. (Three have since had their claims dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.)

Dillman, other top administrators, and the council of trustees at the time, acted to cover up the alleged abuse, the suit says.

It's been three years, yet university officials have continued to keep quiet about the case, despite continued requests from the faculty for updates, said Ken Mash, vice president of ESU's faculty union.

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