On March 3, 2018, the University of Kentucky professor emeritus of social work and director of the university’s Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness announced his resignation after a series of high-profile sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“After years of abuse, I’ve decided to step down from my post as associate professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Behavioural Health and Care,” Professor Boucher said in a statement at the time.
Boucher, who has taught at the university since 2001, has not been named as a suspect in the accusations.
Bouchers resignation comes after a month-long investigation into allegations that he had sexually assaulted and harassed students.
According to the Daily Courier, a female student filed a lawsuit against Boucher in October 2018, alleging he sexually assaulted her in his office in 2016, and sexually harassed her again in 2017, and twice in 2018.
In his resignation statement, Boucher denied the allegations.
Bouger also told the Courier that he has been working on his own research and that he is confident he will be vindicated.
Boumer was the first of three professors at the school to resign in March 2018, with the other two resigning in March 2019 and August 2020.
“As we mourn the loss of Professor Bouchers life, I wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to his colleagues, friends, colleagues and students,” said Dr. Mark D. Everson, chair of the faculty of social sciences at the University at Buffalo.
“The University of Louisville, and all of us here at the Center, will continue to support the survivors of Professor Toure’s actions.
As we look to the future, we will also work to support those impacted by his inappropriate behavior.”
Boucher was also named as one of the co-founders of the Women’s Leadership Network, a group of female students who formed in response to sexual assault on college campuses, the New York Times reported in October 2020.
Bouchs resignation came just a day after President Mike Pence announced the resignation of University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who had been on a five-day leave of absence due to the investigation into sexual assault allegations against the school’s football team.
In February 2019, the university announced Loftin would resign and was also fired from the National Football League, after he resigned amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
Bouches resignation comes as the university has faced mounting criticism from both its students and faculty members.
In a letter to the university faculty published by the Times, faculty members expressed concern about Boucher’s behavior, saying it is “disgraceful that a professor of social care should be allowed to continue teaching” despite being accused of assault.
In an email to the campus, Bouchers administration also criticized faculty members who have been critical of the professor, saying that they have been “torture-riddled and intimidated” by Boucher.
In addition to the resignations, Bouches office was forced to close down in August 2018, after a video surfaced showing Boucher attempting to perform oral sex on a female graduate student while the student was unconscious.
On Wednesday, President Bowen Loftins office announced that Boucher had been removed from administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation.
Boucks office will be replaced by a new, independent administrator, according to a news release.
“Today, the campus community mourns the loss that Professor Bouch has had to endure, and we are grateful to the staff of the University for their continued dedication and dedication to support Boucher throughout this difficult time,” said Everson in the statement.
Boucheres office has been under fire since the release of the video on Wednesday.
Bouched, who is married to a female faculty member, denied any wrongdoing and defended himself against claims that he was trying to coerce a student into sexual activity, according the Times.
He also said that the woman who filed the lawsuit against him is “not the same woman that filed a complaint.”