University of Arts admits to academic harassment
Okinawa officials announced that a university professor at the Okinawa Prefecture University of Arts was disciplined and had salary cut because of harassing students. The name and gender of the professor was not revealed because, according to relevant officials, it’s possible that the victim could be identified.
According to the university, the professor harassed some students claiming that they lacked talent. The professor was also accused of making inappropriate statements about some students.
One of the students filed a complaint in February 2018 claiming damage. The university started an investigation and confirmed the harassment at the end of the year, but it took nine months for the university to make the verdict public. University officials explained that it took time because they wanted to make sure due process was followed. The victimized students have already graduated and the professor has apologized.