A John Jay College of Criminal Justice grad pupil says she endured “incessant unwanted sexual advances” from a distinguished professor throughout thesis-writing periods, based on a lawsuit in opposition to the scandal-scarred college.
Judith Sandrine Dikambi claims in court docket papers that Associate Professor Carlton Jama Adams uncovered her to “a barrage of unrelenting and daily xenophobic, sexist and vulgar remarks about her African heritage.”
Adams, 68, is the previous chair of the Africana Studies division at John Jay, which is a part of the taxpayer-funded City University of New York.
Dikambi, 48, was a John Jay staffer working with worldwide college students and likewise looking for a grasp’s diploma. She requested Adams — described in court docket papers as a widely known researcher and speaker — for assist together with her thesis.
During one 2014 thesis-writing session at his house, “Adams subjected Ms. Dikambi to unwanted oral sexual contact,” Dikambi claims in her swimsuit, which was filed in 2019 in Manhattan federal court docket.
He as soon as requested, “How much will it take for me to sleep with you?” the swimsuit alleges. He additionally groped her “her breasts and buttocks,” papers say.
“Throughout her professional relationship with Dr. Adams from 2006 through 2014, Ms. Dikambi endured additional incessant unwanted sexual advances by him,” authorized papers say.
Dikambi labored in Adams’ division, however was transferred to a unique one after she complained of discrimination, based on authorized papers which mentioned the transfer was a demotion.
DiKambi filed the swimsuit after an inner investigation substantiated a few of her complaints — together with that Adams pulled her hair and mentioned “You are acting like this because you are African.”
But the probe didn’t substantiate different claims, together with the allegation that Adams grabbed her.
Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams dominated final month that Dikambi “plausibly alleged a hostile work environment against CUNY” — permitting the swimsuit to go ahead — and dismissed different claims together with for discrimination and retaliation.
The swimsuit is the second in recent times charging improper sexual conduct amongst John Jay profs.
Former college students Claudia Cojocaru and Naomi Haber alleged in a 2019 federal swimsuit that the faculty and 4 professors created “a cesspool of sexism, misogyny, sexual harassment and illegal drug use.”
Adams was not a plaintiff in that swimsuit, however Haber contended that she went to the professor’s workplace in 2015 and that he sat subsequent to her and “Placed his hands on her legs and began caressing her upper thighs,” authorized papers say.
Adams declined to touch upon Haber’s allegations and Dikambi’s swimsuit.
Haber and Cojocaru’s swimsuit was settled earlier this yr, with CUNY paying $164,499 to every of them and $281,000 in authorized charges.
All claims have been dismissed aside from these made by anthropology professor Ric Curtis contending Haber and Cojocaru defamed him and their counterclaim of retaliation. Curtis additionally sued CUNY and others for discrimination.
Curtis and two of the opposite professors, Anthony Marcus and Barry Spunt, have been positioned on paid depart in 2018 and John Jay president Karol Mason mentioned in May 2019 that she would start termination proceedings. The fourth professor, an adjunct, was not rehired.
Curtis, who was paid $141,819 in 2020, continues to be amassing a paycheck because the disciplinary proceedings in opposition to him proceed. Marcus, who continues to be on depart, is ready to retire on Dec. 31 and Spunt died in February 2021.
“John Jay is committed to fostering an environment where every member of the John Jay community is able to learn and work free from any type of harassment or discrimination. There is absolutely no place for sexual harassment or misconduct at John Jay,” a spokesman mentioned.