Content Warning: This story contains instances of alleged harassment, namely stalking in the workplace.
One of our friends was working at the library recently when he helped an unfamiliar faculty member check out some books. He had not seen the professor’s name before, so he decided to type it into Google out of curiosity. The second link that comes up when you google “Pavel Naumov” is an article by the Carroll County Times detailing allegations made against Naumov, claiming that he had stalked a fellow faculty member at McDaniel College. After an internal investigation and subsequent termination for reasons that are not currently known to the public, Naumov filed an ongoing gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school.
Our friend asked us if we knew anything about him or the incident. Neither of us had heard mention of him or the allegations. When we began asking around, we were met with silence. Some students feared they might undermine the department or risk losing their campus jobs if they spoke about it. Others told us they had also googled him and then opted to take Language Theory and Computation (CMPU-240), a Computer Science Major requirement, a different semester.
We’ve constructed a timeline of events based on facts from various news sources.
Pavel Naumov is hired as an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
2006 – 2014
In this timeframe, Naumov allegedly stalks another staff member. The behaviors he’s accused of include, “Physical appearance, weekend emails, watching at work, longer-than-needed conversations.” Sources cite a specific incident in the spring of 2007, when he followed his female colleague by “walking to [her] car.”
On behalf of the victim, the provost of McDaniel College, Jeanine Stewart, files a complaint against Naumov. After an investigation is launched, Stewart suspends Naumov who refuses to resign. According to Naumov, he is immediately banned from campus, his email account is shut down, and the locks to his office are changed.
The victim goes on leave beginning at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. Simultaneously, Naumov goes on an unexplained leave of absence.
Students at McDaniel College publish an article in the McDaniel Free Press, inquiring about Naumov’s leave of absence.
Naumov files a lawsuit against the school, Provost Stewart and McDaniel College President Roger Casey for up to $5.5 million for both wrongful termination and gender discrimination.
McDaniel College requests that the case be moved to a Federal U.S. District Court.
Stewart steps down from her provost position and takes a year off.
Naumov tells News Night McDaniel that the college officials are “pursuing a completely made-up case against me and managing to violate all norms that define due process from the modern legal point of view.” He says the allegations against him are “preposterous, unsubstantiated, and at times simply ridiculous.”
Fall 2014 – Spring 2016
Naumov works as a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Naumov is hired as a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Vassar College.
Former Provost Stewart returns to McDaniel as a psychology professor.
Naumov is currently employed by Vassar College as a visiting professor for the 2016-2017 school year. He will be teaching CMPU-145: Foundations of Computer Science and CMPU-395: Multiagent Systems in the spring.
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Correction, 11/22/16: The original version of this article claimed that Professor Naumov was fired from McDaniel College due to allegations of stalking a fellow faculty member. Because the documents related to Professor Naumov’s termination are not available to the public, we can not assert the reasons for his separation from the college at this time. The aforementioned changes have been made to reflect this.