Over the years, some male students have entered into consensual relationships with Fulkerson. Those who did were known within the program as "Vance's Boys," said one female UNC graduate who asked not to be identified.
"But over time," she said, "some were forever changed by these relationships. Some became dark and very depressed."
"Vance's Boys" went along, Gunn said, "because he was always talking about his show-business connections. He'd say things like, 'I am going to hook you up in New York and you are going to be a star.'
"I think he's a pathological liar. I don't know what part of any story he tells is true."
In the past two weeks, The Denver Post has heard accounts from more than 10 men who say Fulkerson initiated some form of unwelcome sexual contact. Gunn and others say a discombobulated freshman in his first semester away from home is ill- equipped to fight off advances from the head of his academic department.
Christopher Johnson was a 22-year-old senior in 1991, Fulkerson's first year at UNC. Fulkerson invited Johnson to help him make a presentation at a high-school thespian conference in Denver. Johnson was told there would be a group of students, and separate hotel rooms. Instead, that first night, it was Fulkerson and Johnson alone, in a one-bed room.
Johnson says Fulkerson got him very drunk, took him to a porn arcade and later initiated an unwelcome sexual act that Johnson says he submitted to, just to get it over with.
Johnson filed a written harassment complaint with now retired Dean Howard Skinner, but nothing came of it.