Wits prof accused of sexual harassment

2013-04-22 11:51
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Johannesburg - A University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) professor has been placed on special leave after allegedly sexually harassing his students, it was reported on Monday.

Rupert Taylor, a senior lecturer in the political studies department, was accused of making sexual advances to students via SMSes and social networking sites, The Times reported.

"The university can confirm that [Taylor] has been put on special leave. Anyone put on special leave is escorted off campus immediately," Wits spokesperson Sharona Patel told the newspaper.

Taylor, who did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment, reportedly sent a campus newspaper an email in which he denied the allegations.

"I regard these allegations of sexual harassment against me as devoid of any truth, and defamatory," he wrote.

Wits dramatic arts deputy head Tshepo Wa Mamatu was placed on special leave last month after being accused of molesting female students at rehearsals and auditions.
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