San Jose State U. Students Petition for Removal of Professor

San Jose State U. Students Petition for Removal of Professor

June 03, 2013

Students at San Jose State University are demanding the removal of a professor who admitted to kissing and touching a student. Jeffry Mathis, a part-time lecturer in the kinesiology department, said in a university report that the contact was consensual, while the female student, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she was sexually assaulted. No charges were filed following a police investigation, but some students are wondering why Mathis is still teaching. More than 600 supporters have signed a petition demanding his "immediate removal." A San Jose State report on the incident found "insufficient evidence against [Mathis] to substantiate the claim of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” but concludes that Mathis “did violate his professional responsibility not to exploit the situation he found himself in and become intimate” with the student.

Waiting to See Punishment
Lauren Ingeno
Inside Higher Ed
June 3, 2013