MICA pro­fes­sor re­signs af­ter for­mer stu­dent al­leges mis­con­duct, says she in­formed col­lege two years ago

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By McKenna Ox­en­den

“Re­gard­ing re­ports and al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing mis­con­duct by oth­ers, MICA is com­mit­ted to learn­ing more about these and other is­sues in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, sex­ual ha­rass­ment, racism, and dis­crim­i­na­tion of any kind.”

A Mary­land In­sti­tute Col­lege of Art illustrati­on pro­fes­sor an­nounced his im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion af­ter a Twit­ter post from a for­mer stu­dent that al­leged mis­con­duct went vi­ral.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­ries of her tweets from last week, the woman said that about two years ago she emailed MICA’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment, out­lin­ing a se­ries of al­le­ga­tions against fac­ulty mem­ber Daniel Krall. The woman met with HR but said in a tweet, “to my knowl­edge, noth­ing hap­pened.”

The Bal­ti­more Sun does not iden­tify vic­tims of sex­ual mis­con­duct. She could not be reached for com­ment. Krall de­clined to com­ment.

The in­ci­dents be­gan in 2014, the woman said, but she didn’t write the email to HR un­til about two years ago be­cause she felt “stupid” for fall­ing for a “no­to­ri­ous emo­tional grift.” She did not say what prompted her to post the email to Twit­ter, say­ing only, “f—- it, here’s an email I wrote al­most ex­actly two years ago, to ad­min­is­tra­tion and HR at MICA.”

In the email, the woman said Krall en­tered into a phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with her when she was a stu­dent, and that he was emo­tion­ally ma­nip­u­la­tive and abu­sive as he at­tempted to dam­age her ca­reer and make her feel guilty for tak­ing other work op­por­tu­ni­ties, she said.

“When I talked to HR I got the over­whelm­ing feel­ing that the per­son help­ing me wanted to do more but couldn’t im­pli­cate the col­lege,” the woman said in the email. “They are lit­er­ally con­tracted to pro­tect the in­sti­tu­tion be­fore you.”

Af­ter the Twit­ter post went vi­ral, other for­mer stu­dents cited sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions against Krall.

Krall, who worked for the col­lege for over 16 years, ac­cord­ing to LinkedIn, is­sued an apol­ogy June 22 af­ter the woman’s tweets from the day be­fore.

“I al­lowed my­self to be­come a thought­less and toxic per­son and I hurt peo­ple. Par­tic­u­larly the peo­ple who needed to feel safest in my com­pany,” he wrote in a state­ment on Twit­ter. “There’s no good rea­son to have be­haved so thought­lessly and ir­re­spon­si­bly, and I un­der­stand and de­serve the anger, loss of trust and tremen­dous dis­ap­point­ment all of you who’ve known me must feel.”

On Tues­day Krall an­nounced on Twit­ter his res­ig­na­tion from the school. Hours later, MICA said in a Face­book post that it was ac­cept­ing the res­ig­na­tion “ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately” as well as re­view­ing other con­cerns about Krall. The school also said it’s con­duct­ing a “com­pre­hen­sive re­view” of its in­ter­nal pro­cesses to “un­der­stand how they can be im­proved.”

“Re­gard­ing re­ports and al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing mis­con­duct by oth­ers, MICA is com­mit­ted to learn­ing more about these and other is­sues in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, sex­ual ha­rass­ment, racism, and dis­crim­i­na­tion of any kind,” MICA said in the Face­book post.

The col­lege said it would soon share a “safe av­enue” for peo­ple to sub­mit other con­cerns and in­for­ma­tion.

“I didn’t have es­pe­cially weak bound­aries, but Daniel groomed me for over a year, kept me in his stu­dio un­til late hours (I don’t drive, he was my ride back home), and gave me hy­per­bolic false hope about where my ca­reer would go if I stuck with him,” she said on Twit­ter.

Krall said in his apol­ogy that “years of delu­sional ex­cuses” led him to the “worst kind of ego trip.” He said it made him not think twice about be­ing mean dur­ing a cri­tique, gossip and “worst of all” par­take in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with a for­mer stu­dent.

“None of these things were ever ex­cus­able un­der any cir­cum­stances,” he wrote. “Avoid­ance is the worst kind of poi­son, and at the time I didn’t con­sider the power dy­namic or the last­ing harm that any of those things could do to some­one’s sense of self worth or the de­vel­op­ment of their work and ca­reer.”

In a tweet to Krall, the woman said she did not read his apol­ogy.

—MICA in a Face­book post

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