Sexual misconduct allegations investigated at Georgia university

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Sexual misconduct allegations investigated at Georgia university

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Allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment are being investigated at Shorter University in Rome.
  • Story Highlights
  • The director of campus safety at Shorter University in Rome made the allegations, according to a report.
  • She said her supervisor, a vice president, became ‘handsy’ during a gym workout, police said.
  • She said the supervisor also verbally harassed her.

Police are investigating allegations of sexual battery and harassment made by an administrator of a North Georgia university against her direct supervisor, according to a report.

Paula Penson, director of campus safety at Shorter University in Rome, told police that Corey Humphries had been harassing her since July, the Rome News-Tribune reported Tuesday.

She said Humphries was flirtatious with her during gym workouts, according to a police report.

Penson said she tried to ignore the flirtation until Humphries became “handsy” and touched her “inner thighs and private area” with his hands, the newspaper reported.

She told police that she immediately told Humphries to stop and left the gym.

Humphries, whose title is vice president of student affairs, afterward didn’t put his hands on Penson but began verbally harassing her, police said. Penson said several times that Humphries called her into his office and asked why she would no longer work out with him, according to police. 

In October, she filed a verbal complaint with university human resources and met with Humphries, the newspaper reported. But he continued to harass her the next day, she said.

Shorter is a private university whose mission statement includes  “spiritual growth” and “Christian leadership,” according to its website.

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