University of Idaho officials released a huge cache of school records today, relating to the murder of graduate student Katy Benoit and subsequent suicide of former U of I professor Ernesto Bustamante. The records provide a detailed timeline of Bustamante's employment at the university (Aug. 12, 2007) through his first encounter with Benoit (when she enrolled in his Psychology 218 class on Aug. 23, 2010) through the tragic series of events that led to her murder on Aug. 22 and his suicide on Aug. 23.
Among the highlights:
Jan. 28, 2008-Bustamante receives high marks from students praising him for "trying to be the best teacher he can be."
Jan. 20, 2008-Bustamante receives annual performance review, which said he "meets expectations."
Dec. 4, 2009-Memo from department chair, noting Bustamanete's "exemplary levels of productivity and engagement."
Dec. 7, 2010-University's Ethics and Compliance Hotline receives anonymous call claiming Bustamanete is having sexual relationships with students, including claims of abuse and coercive relationship with one student.
Dec. 9, 2010-Purported victim denies any improper behavior on Bustamante's part and will not make formal complaint.
Dec. 13, 2010-Bustamante warned of university's intollerance for sexual harassment or retaliation. Bustamante denies any violation of policy.
Feb. 15, 2011-Bustamante receives annual performance evaluation that he "meets expectations."
May 1, 2011-Bustamante emails chair of Psychology Department that he is experiencing significant withdrawal symptoms due to a change in medication. Chair encourages Bustamante to seek medical attention.
June 10, 2011-Benoit first contacts university with complaint against Bustamante.
June 12, 2011-Benoit sends complaint in writing. Benoit is encouraged to access Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse.
July 5, 2011-Benoit gives permission to university to deliver complaint to Bustamante. University says it will direct Bustamante to have no contact with Benoit.
July 19, 2011-University officials conduct in-person interview with Bestamante. He admits to sexual relationship, denies he threatened Benoit with weapon, denies that he carries a firearm, admits to having sexual relationships with other students.
July 20, 2011-Bustamante states his resignation in emails to students and colleagues.
Aug. 5, 2011-Bustamante agrees to separation from university.
Aug. 22, 2011-University officials tell Benoit that Beustamante's contract with the university formally concluded.
Aug. 22, 2011-Benoit is murdered
Aug. 23, 2011-Bustamante commits suicide.