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Top NXIVM Member Allison Mack Reportedly Taking College Classes On Gender And Power

Allison Mack is alleged to have come up with the branding ceremony that was a centerpiece of self-help organization NXIVM's secret inner sex cult.

By Becca van Sambeck
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Allison Mack is still awaiting sentencing for her role in the NXIVM scandal, but she's apparently been keeping busy until then with schooling.

Mack was once most famous for her role on the hit CW show "Smallville" — that is, until she was accused of being a high-ranking cult leader in NXIVM, the controversial self-improvement group led by Keith Raniere that promised to help people achieve success through professional and personal development courses, but that also hid a shocking secret sex cult within in it that was exposed after several former members blew the whistle in a New York Times expose.

The secret society was known as DOS (an acronym for a Latin phrase meaning “Master Over Slave Women") in which women were branded and forced to fork over collateral in order to serve Raniere and other high-ranking "slaves-turned-masters" in essentially a pyramid scheme. 

Mack was one of Raniere's "slaves," but she also was a "master" over a group of women herself, according to a 2018 U.S. Attorney’s Office press release. It was allegedly Mack who dreamed up the the branding ceremony, in which DOS slaves were branded with both her and Raniere’s initials — “I was like: ‘Y’all, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle ‘BFF,’ or a tramp stamp. I have two tattoos and they mean nothing,’” Mack told a journalist working for the New York Times Magazine — among other DOS protocols. She allegedly had the women hand over blackmail material to keep them in line, and she also pushed the women to lose weight, severely restricting their diets.

But despite the accusations of blackmailing women into sex slavery, she's reportedly been spotted taking multiple classes at UC-Berkeley, including  “Gender, Sex and Power” and “The History and Practice of Human Rights,” Vice reports. 

Several students have expressed their displeasure online at taking classes with Mack; one TikTok user, @jefferystarrofficial, said she became friendly with Mack during class before learning about her involvement with NXIVM. 

"Oh wait, this is her, this is the same person that carved her initials into women’s bodies,” the TikTok user explained. 

Reddit user ucbthrowaway24680 wrote that Mack had left the "Gender, Sex and Power" class of her own accord: "She was in my ‘Gender, Sex and Power’ class for about a week, but left voluntarily after outcry from students who did not feel safe discussing those topics with someone who branded other women. Our professor will not tell us how the administration is handling this matter being brought to their attention due to privacy laws.” 

However, the user noted Mack is likely still a student.

"It is not widely public knowledge that she is a student here, but she is a public figure and I feel morally obligated to let other students know about her presence," the user wrote.

Freelance journalist Julian Feeld corroborated those claims on Twitter, with screenshots of a Zoom class that seemingly shows Mack participating in the class. The student who provided him the screenshots asked to remain anonymous.

Mack was arrested in 2018 and charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy charges. She pleaded guilty in 2019 to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges and is currently awaiting sentencing. Mack faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.