ASU professor accused of sexual misconduct removed from research unit

Aug 2, 2018, 7:45 PM
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PHOENIX — An Arizona State University professor who was accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by multiple women over the last decade was removed from his post as director of the Origins Project, a research unit at the university.

Lawrence Krauss, a foundation professor at the university’s School Of Earth and Space Exploration, said in a Twitter post on Thursday that the university “decided not to renew my director appointment” when it expired in July.

A spokesperson with Arizona State University confirmed with KTAR News 92.3 FM that Krauss was no longer the director of the school’s Origins Project, but said he was still on administrative leave with the university. The spokesperson denied further comment, citing “ongoing personnel matters.”

Krauss was first placed on leave in March, a month after a BuzzFeed News article detailed that he was accused of “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 released at the time, an Arizona State University spokesperson said the school has not received any complaints about Krauss from students, facility or staff members.

Krauss also resigned as chairman of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ board following the accusations.

In a letter, he denied the claims, calling them “incorrect,” and argued that BuzzFeed was “provided with abundant counter-evidence that was ignored or distorted in their story.”

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ASU professor accused of sexual misconduct removed from research unit