Lawrence Mitchell resigned his position last year as dean of the CWRU law school after lawsuits alleged a pattern of sexual harassment against students and retaliation against fellow faculty who reported those instances. We covered the gory details, including Mitchell's habit of propositioning students for threesomes, in great detail in this May 2014 feature story
The lawsuit was settled by CWRU and the plaintiff, Raymond Ku, in July of 2014
. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the CWRU Observer reports
this morning on a possible inclusion in that settlement.
A week before the agreement was announced, CWRU purchased Lawrence Mitchell's Cleveland Heights home for $575,000. The following courtesy of the Observer:
University officials would not comment on the questions of why the university purchased the house or whether it was purchased as a stipulation of the settlement.
They did note, however, that the university is continuing to pursue plans for the property.
“We do not comment about individual faculty arrangements with the university, but we can confirm that we own the house and intend to sell or rent, depending on the circumstances,” the university said in a statement.
A similar property across the street from the house is currently asking for $3,200 a month in rent.
Ryan Young, CWRU’s listing agent from Keller Williams Realty, confirmed that the university had listed the property for sale up until the end of last month. He would not comment on why CWRU pulled the house off the market.
We recommend that Mitchell plow the real estate profits into poetry lessons.