Middle East studies in the News
Welcoming Back Accused Serial Harasser [on Gabriel Piterberg]
Should a professor who can't be trusted to be alone with students be trusted to teach at all? Students at the University of California at Los Angeles say no, and they're protesting the university's decision to allow a professor accused of serial sexual harassment and assault to return to campus, despite a university agreement that stipulates he must leave his door open when meeting with students, among other requirements.
He "harassed, assaulted and really psychologically terrorized these women ... on the clear understanding that he had the impunity to do so," said Matthew Kelly, a recent Ph.D. from UCLA's history department, in which Gabriel Piterberg, the accused professor, teaches. "If the university's final response is to allow him to return to the department after paying [a fine] -- what is it, a sexual assault fee? -- and agreeing to leave his door open, then he was right. He has effective impunity."
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