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Second Harvard College students Stage Stroll Out Protest Towards Professor Goes Viral

Greater than 100 Harvard College college students walked out of sophistication on Wednesday somewhat than be taught by Professor John Comaroff, an anthropologist who has been accused of sexual harassment and different inappropriate conduct, which he denies.

Comaroff was positioned on unpaid depart in January 2022 after an inside Harvard evaluation concluded he had violated the college’s insurance policies on sexual harassment {and professional} conduct, however has since returned to the classroom.

On Wednesday Comaroff was addressing a packed lecture theater when a scholar stood up and started making an announcement that gave the impression to be learn from her telephone.

She mentioned: “We do not need to be taught by somebody who has nonetheless not been held accountable for, or made amends for his or her sexual misconduct. John Comaroff spent his profession harassing, silencing and retaliating in opposition to college students.

A view of Harvard Yard on the campus of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 8, 2020. On Wednesday greater than 100 Harvard college students walked out of a category held by a professor who has been accused of sexual harassment.
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“He doesn’t belong at Harvard. In the event you agree, please be a part of us in strolling out of this classroom as a result of sufficient is sufficient.”

At this level college students held up posters emblazoned with slogans reminiscent of “Consider Survivors” and “Predator,” then nearly all of these current walked out of the lecture theater in a single group.

A video of the incident, posted on Twitter by Harvard scholar Rosie Couture, has obtained greater than 23,000 views on the platform.

She wrote: “Watch the second 100+ Harvard college students walked out of John Comaroff’s classroom, a present professor and recognized sexual abuser.

“We demand Comaroff resigns & Harvard ends their complicity in sexual abuse and misogyny on campus.”

Talking to Newsweek, Comaroff’s authorized crew mentioned: “Professor Comaroff has at all times supported college students’ rights to peacefully protest. Nonetheless, protesters who shut down Professor Comaroff’s course did so to the detriment of scholars who had enrolled in good religion within the class and wished to be taught from him.”

In September Comaroff returned to instructing after being positioned on administrative depart for 2 years. Throughout his firstclass that month 5 college students staged a walkout, whereas dozens of others held a protest outdoors.

Earlier in January college students plastered the door and exterior of Comaroff’s workplace with posters branding him an “abuser” and demanding he resign.

Allegations of “undesirable touching, verbal sexual harassment {and professional} retaliation” have been first raised in opposition to the professor in 2020, leading to him being positioned on depart.

Former scholar Lilia Kilburn claimed, in a later lawsuit, she confronted “compelled kissing, groping, persistent invites to socialize alone off-campus, and coercive management.”

In a single incident Comaroff allegedly instructed a lesbian scholar she might face “corrective rape” in components of Africa, feedback she claimed throughout an interview with The New York Instances have been made with a “tone of enjoyment.”

A Harvard evaluation concluded Comaroff was chargeable for “verbal sexual harassment,” however did not substantiate accusations of “undesirable sexual contact.”

Complaints had been made by three former Harvard college students; Amulya Mandava, Margaret Czerwienski and Kilburn.

In an announcement despatched to Newsweek, Comaroff’s authorized crew mentioned: “Harvard completely investigated allegations in opposition to Professor Comaroff and located him chargeable for precisely two of the multitude of allegations leveled in opposition to him within the complaints filed by Margaret Czerwienski, Lilia Kilburn, and Amulya Mandava.

“It discovered that he had engaged in ‘sexual harassment’ by warning Ms. Kilburn of dangers that might attend her plan to journey overtly together with her same-sex accomplice whereas conducting fieldwork in Cameroon—recommendation that a number of school witnesses within the Title IX investigation agreed was each applicable and needed.

“And, in a second investigation, it discovered that he had made statements to Ms. Mandava about rumors about him that she interpreted as threatening, although it didn’t discover that he had meant his feedback as a risk. (Professor Comaroff denies making any such feedback.)

“Harvard didn’t discover him chargeable for retaliation in opposition to any of the plaintiffs, and it discovered him not chargeable for the intense claims that he inappropriately kissed or touched a scholar.

“The present protests are based mostly on rumor and manufactured outrage, not reality. Whereas the protesters are undoubtedly motivated by the quite a few different lurid allegations contained within the lawsuit the complainants have filed, their outrage is totally in extra of the proof.”

Newsweek has contacted Harvard College for remark.

Replace 1/27/23 3:45 a.m. ET: This text has been up to date with further remark from Professor Comaroff’s authorized crew.