Montana State pays $200,000 in civil settlement to former professor accused of harassment

Montana State University agreed to pay a former professor accused of sexual harassment and discrimination and a former graduate student a settlement of $200,000.


The settlement is the result of a civil suit filed in June 2019 against the university and four female graduate students who are current or former employees of MSU. In the lawsuit, Hikmet Budak, a plant scientist, and an unidentified former MSU graduate student, allege the university and the individuals unlawfully disclosed the details of a confidential report containing allegations that were never proven.