More than 20 female students have stated that a 54-year-old Seoul National University (SNU) professor groped them.
On Thursday SNU announced it would approve the professor’s voluntary resignation letter.
If SNU upholds its decision, the professor will not see a cut in his severance pay or his pension. His records will also be clean and he will be able to apply for employment at other universities. The school’s investigation into the accusations, which is being conducted by the campus human rights center, will also close because he will no longer be a faculty member.
“It will take an exhaustive amount of time for us to decide whether to discipline him or not,” said Kim Byeong-mun, dean of SNU’s academic affairs, adding that the students who are required to take the professor’s courses will suffer in the long run should the probe continue.
But a university official who asked for anonymity calls this a “lame excuse.”
“It’s preposterous to let him go when the investigation is at its peak,” the official said.
The official added that sexual abuse “runs rampant” on Korean campuses.
That would be sexual abuse by both Korean professors and Korean students? Korean universities perhaps not the safest place to study for female students from both Korea and abroad?