Old Story about Date Rape at an Ivy League School
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Asked by: st225-ga
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06 Apr 2006 15:04 PDT
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Question ID: 716257
In the back of my mind, I remember an old story about a Princeton professor accused of date rape by a graduate student. It was probably between 1986 to 1993 or so, but I can't be certain. It was a big problem for the university because the professor had tenure and so they couldn't simply fire him. There was a long legal wrangling and they ended up buying up his contract. There was plenty of coverage, but I can't locate the story no matter how hard I try. I seem to remember cover stories in New York Magazine and regular stories in the New York Times, but I can't locate any of them. Could I have the university wrong? Or are my searching skills just bad? Or is my memory just shot and none of this happened?
Re: Old Story about Date Rape at an Ivy League School
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 19 Apr 2006 13:16 PDT
Thanks for getting back to us on this. I found the Princeton case on which the Nemesis novel appears to based. Here are relevant excerpts from a newspaper article on the case: May 27, 1989 New York Times Accused Princeton Professor to Retire Early A literature professor accused of making sexual advances to a male graduate student will take early retirement because of a growing controversy over Princeton University's handling of the matter, his lawyer said today... ...The professor, Thomas McFarland, had been suspended in September after the student made the accusations. Faculty members and students criticized the university's decision to let Mr. McFarland return to class this fall. ...the growing turmoil and the threatened boycott had prompted Mr. McFarland, a scholar in Romantic literature, to retire at age 62 after 11 years at Princeton. The normal retirement age is 65... ...Four members of the English Department faculty, including the chairman, Emory Elliott, announced their resignations after the controversy, and two said the incident influenced their decision to leave. ...a lawyer for the unidentified student, said his client had told the police the assault was ''of a sexual nature.'' =============== Hope that fully answers your question, but if there's anything else you need, just let me know by posting a Request for Clarification. paf search strategy -- Searched Google and newspaper databases for: [ princeton professor rape OR harrassment OR assault ]
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Nice researching. I'm a bit troubled by the way you're pushing the bounds of "fair use", but I'm a stickler for that. Most others wouldn't care.
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