The New York Post is reporting that Laura Williams, a student in the School of Social Work, has filed a lawsuit claiming Professor Joseph Paul Martin from SIPA ”constantly pressured her for sex,” and used her grade in the class as leverage. Martin is also Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights. Allegedly, when Williams refused, Martin accused her of “cheating” in the class—which was an independent-study in human trafficking.
The article, posted early this morning, is brief and vague. Besides the allegations, there does not seem to be verifiable evidence available. We know by now to be cautious when it comes to the Post, but we’ve reached out to the University for official comment, and will keep you updated as we learn more.