Read the report: UMass investigation into Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and conduct involving students | #tinder | #pof

The results of a four-month investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse involving college students was released Wednesday.

The investigation was conducted by attorney Natashia Tidwell, a partner at the Boston law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, on behalf of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The investigators said they invited Morse to participate in the review, but through his attorney he declined an interview request.

During Morse’s unsuccessful run for Congress, The Daily Collegian, reported that the Massachusetts College Democrats and its chapters had sent Morse, a onetime instructor at UMass, a letter saying his communications with UMass College Democrats members over dating apps made some members uncomfortable and disinviting him from future events.

In the report, investigators stated “…the general consensus among UMass Democrats students, past and present, was that, at the very least, Morse’s conduct was ‘weird,’ in that his having engaged in dating and sexual relationships with university students was, according to witnesses, an open secret. Some students found Morse’s Tinder preferences especially troubling since Tinder was known to them as a ‘hook-up’ app, meaning for individuals interested in sexual liaisons, rather than platonic interaction.”

Investigators determined “Morse’s pursuit of dating or sexual relationships with university students made a number of students uncomfortable and led to the UMass Democrats’ decision to disinvite him from future events but did not unreasonably interfere with any student’s academic performance or ability to participate in university programs or activities under the university’s sexual harassment policy.”

Morse had blamed the campaign of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who he was challenging in the September 2020 primary, of being behind the public revelations. However, investigators found “there is no evidence that Rep. Neal or anyone working on his behalf had any knowledge or involvement in this matter.”


Source link

.  .  .  .  .  .  . .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   .   .   .    .    .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .  .  .   .  .


_________________________