Arizona State University professor accused of sexual misconduct

Feb 23, 2018, 5:01 AM | Updated: 8:50 am

Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors poses with a graph...

Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors poses with a graphic image of the "Doomsday Clock" a during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 in New York. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists adjusted the clock from 5 to 6 minutes before midnight. The clock tracks the threat of a global cataclysm. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

PHOENIX — An Arizona State University professor accused of sexual misconduct never raised any red flags among school officials, a university statement said Thursday.

Lawrence Krauss, a foundation professor at the university’s School Of Earth and Space Exploration, has been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by multiple women over the last decade.

A BuzzFeed News report detailed the allegations, which included Krauss “groping women, ogling and making sexist jokes to undergrads, and telling an employee at Arizona State University that he was going to buy her birth control so she didn’t inconvenience him with maternity leave.”

In a statement, an Arizona State University spokesperson said the school has not received any complaints about Krauss from students, facility or staff members.

The statement also acknowledged that BuzzFeed contacted the university regarding “anonymous complaints from current and former ASU employees of inappropriate behavior” by Krauss during its reporting.

The university spokesperson, who did not provide an identification, said the department responsible for investigating such claims reached back out to BuzzFeed for more details and the outlet did not provide any more information.

The statement continued to say that the university “initiated a review in an attempt to discern the facts surrounding these claims” and that the review is ongoing.

“The university encourages anyone in our community who has concerns about interactions with faculty, staff or students to report those concerns,” the statement read.

“The university provides multiple reporting options, including through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Office of Equity and Inclusion or by calling the ASU Hotline.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Photos of a stolen husky puppy and suspects Logan Niemann and Taylor Sines. The Glendale, Arizona, ...

Kevin Stone

Glendale couple arrested for allegedly stealing husky puppy last month

A Glendale couple was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a husky puppy from a breeder last month, authorities said.

9 hours ago

(Arizona Humane Society Photo)...

Arizona Humane Society waiving adoption fees for pets 1 year and older starting Thursday

The Arizona Humane Society is hosting an adoption event that will run Thursday-Sunday, waiving fees for all pets one year old and older.

9 hours ago

(Flickr Photo/ADOT)...

ADOT begins first of 23 pavement repair projects set for this summer

The Arizona Department of Transportation has started the first of 23 projects to repair damaged pavement across the state.

9 hours ago

(Phoenix Fire Department, Pexels Photos)...

3 people taken to hospital after encounter with bees in Scottsdale

Three people, including a firefighter, were taken to a hospital after an encounter with an active swarm of bees in Scottsdale on Wednesday.

9 hours ago

Girls Ranch is a residential facility for pregnant and parenting teens. Pictured is the back of the...

Jacinda Palomo/Cronkite News

Girls Ranch group home provides safe haven for teen moms in Scottsdale

Nestled in a quiet Scottsdale neighborhood is Girls Ranch, a residential group home that has become an environment of love and support for pregnant and parenting teens.

9 hours ago

The scene of where a young child was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being struck b...

Child in critical condition after getting hit by Phoenix police patrol vehicle

A child was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being struck by a Phoenix Police patrol vehicle on Wednesday.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles



Why drug-free weight loss still matters

Wanting to lose weight is a common goal for many people as they progress throughout life, but choosing between a holistic approach or to take medicine can be a tough decision.

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.

(Photo by Michael Matthey/picture alliance via Getty Images)...

Cox Communications

Valley Boys & Girls Club uses esports to help kids make healthy choices

KTAR’s Community Spotlight focuses on the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley and the work to incorporate esports into children's lives.

Arizona State University professor accused of sexual misconduct