Alton Maksom is a job candidate for a position as a full professor in a sociology department. One of the members of the personnel committee, Tim Stone, hears that Professor Maksom was charged with alleged violations of sexual harassment in his current position. He brings this information to the Committee and suggests that Professor Maksom be dropped from further consideration. The Committee decides to gather further information to see if these charges are valid. They find, indeed, that Professor Maksom was charged; however, they also discover that he was officially cleared of those charges.