Princeton Fires Professor for Violating Consensual Relationship Policy

October 1, 2018

Princeton University terminated Sergio Verdu, former Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering, for violating a policy prohibiting sexual relationships between professors and students they supervise or evaluate, NJ.com reported. Verdu was previously disciplined, via additional sexual harassment training, for misconduct in 2017, after a graduate student said he invited her over to his home to watch movies involving sex and then touched her on her upper thigh and stomach. Verdu denied those allegations. But his critics, including the graduate student involved, said he deserved more punishment. 

Princeton said in a statement that its Board of Trustees dismissed Verdu from the faculty, as "recommended by the president and the provost after an investigation established that Dr. Verdu violated the university’s policy prohibiting consensual relations with students, and its policy requiring honesty and cooperation in university matters." A faculty committee reportedly reviewed his case and said termination could be reasonable.


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