Northwestern Prof Accused of Assault Won't Teach in Spring

March 14, 2014

Northwestern University philosophy professor Peter Ludlow, whom a student accuses of sexual assault in a lawsuit against the institution, will not teach for the rest of the year, Northwestern President Morton Schapiro told the Chicago Tribune. The lawsuit says the university failed to discipline Ludlow after he violated the campus policy on sexual harassment, and accuses Northwestern of violating Title IX. Ludlow was set to leave Northwestern for a teaching job at Rutgers University, but Rutgers said officials are now evaluating Ludlow's candidacy.

"With all the controversy and allegations out there, to have him teach in the spring wouldn't be the right thing to do," Schapiro said. Ludlow also did not teach his last two classes of the current quarter, after students protested him and Northwestern's handling of the case.

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