Former UAA professor banned from Alaska campuses in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

A retired UAA anthropology professor has been banned from all University of Alaska property following sexual misconduct allegations.

The University of Alaska Anchorage police department sent an email to students, faculty and staff Monday evening alerting them that David Yesner had been banned from “participation, affiliation or association of any kind with the University of Alaska,” including public and private events. He is also banned and trespassed from all property owned, controlled or used by UA, including the Anchorage campus.

“If you see him or become aware of his presence in any such location please inform the UA person in charge of that location and contact the UAA Police Department at 907-786-1120 or other law enforcement personnel without delay,” the email said.

The email included a photograph of Yesner.

UAA spokeswoman Kirstin Olmstead wrote in an email Tuesday that the notice “implements an administrative sanction in a Title IX matter involving Dr. Yesner that is now concluded.”

“The university does not have further comment on that specific matter,” she wrote.

Anchorage television station KTVA reported in March that Yesner was the subject of a university Title IX investigation over sexual misconduct allegations that went back decades. The allegations were made by multiple women, including one who said Yesner accosted her while she was using a public shower.


Investigators found the nine women’s accusations to be credible, according to a copy of an investigative Title IX report obtained by KTVA and dated March 15.

Yesner retired in August 2017 after more than 25 years at UAA.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.