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The Journal Gazette

Friday, July 13, 2018 11:50 am

Taylor professor resigns after misconduct allegations

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

A Taylor University professor with Fort Wayne ties has resigned after multiple "significant and credible allegations of serious misconduct," according to a statement the Christian university in Upland posted online Thursday afternoon.

The statement does not detail the type of misconduct, but a Fort Wayne-area woman who told The Journal Gazette she was victimized more than a decade ago as a student said she experienced an unwanted sexual advance from the professor, Dennis E. Hensley.

Hensley taught professional writing at Taylor, and is well known in Christian writing circles for scores of books and articles and roles speaking and teaching at Christian writing conferences.

According to the statement, the university on three occasions received reports of conduct women found inappropriate between 2004 and this year, and an new allegation from this year. The last three did not involve students or employees and were not related to the 2004 complaint, the statement says.

Hensley lives in Fort Wayne and had taught at Taylor's Fort Wayne campus before it closed in 2009.

He resigned three weeks ago, Jim Garringer, university spokesman said -- immediately after being told he was being suspended indefinitely while the university investigated the most recent complaint.

Reached by telephone at home today, Hensley characterized leaving the university as retiring.

"I thought I should just take the high ground and retire... and just call it quits and let this thing die its own death," Hensley said, noting he will turn 70 next month.

For more on this story, see Saturday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Saturday.

rsalter@jg.net