Scripps prof. who accused VA Lt. Gov. of sexual assault not teaching two fall classes

Scripps College politics professor Vanessa Tyson, who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. of sexual assault, is no longer teaching two fall classes. (Courtesy: Scripps College)

Content warning: sexual assault

Two classes that were scheduled to be taught by Scripps College politics professor Vanessa Tyson in the fall have been reassigned to an adjunct professor, according to emails sent to students.

Tyson made national headlines in the spring when she accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. Fairfax denied the allegations. 

Tyson said she’d be meeting with prosecutors in Massachusetts, where she alleged the assault took place, but no charges have been filed so far.

At the time the accusations came to light, Tyson was on a year-long sabbatical. But she was scheduled to teach two classes at Scripps in the fall 2019 semester. 

However, students in both of her scheduled classes, “Black Americans & Political Systems” and “Women and Public Policy,” received emails Monday that visiting assistant professor Dilara Uskup will be teaching them instead. 

The course registration portal also reflects these changes.

Tyson did not respond to a request for comment. Her email account sent an automatic reply stating that she’s on sabbatical through August.

Scripps spokeswoman Rachael Warecki said the school could not provide information about Tyson’s plans for the following semester or her status at the college due to a desire to respect Tyson’s privacy and laws about employee confidentiality.

Scripps’ website still lists Tyson as a current faculty member.

This article was last updated July 30 at 9:56 p.m.

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