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Stay plugged into Penn with this daily newsletter rounding up all of the top headlines from top headlines from the DP, 34th Street, and Under the Button. The week's top stories from the DP and beyond, meticulously curated for parents and alumni, and delivered into your inbox every Sunday morning. Subscribe to get the week's top stories from The DP and beyond, meticulously curated for parents and alumni, delivered directly to your inbox. The former Undergraduate Chair of the Psychology Department Robert Kurzban had a sexual relationship with an undergraduate female student while he was her instructor, according to three sources close to the student.
This policy was recently updated to ban all sexual relations between faculty and undergraduate students regardless of time or context. At the time, Kurzban, who is a tenured professor, co-taught a mandatory course for freshmen in the Integrated Studies Program with Philosophy professor Karen Detlefsen. Kurzban met the student on Tinder, according to two individuals whom the student confided in during the period of the relationship.
At the time of the relationship, the student in question was a freshman in the ISP course. Kurzban declined to directly address these allegations, but sent an ed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian. In a subsequent phone interview, Kurzban declined to elaborate on what he meant by an "unintentional" violation of University policy. Outside of the Psychology Department, many undergraduates studied under Kurzban through his role as a faculty member in ISP, which enrolls a group of freshmen in a common set of interdisciplinary courses across the humanities and sciences.
Kurzban has also been appointed to a range of other senior positions. On top of leadership roles in the Psychology Department, he regularly Sex dating in Pritchett undergraduate and graduate students in his lab as the founder and co-director of the Penn Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology. This policy was recently updatedbut even in the version, Kurzban would have violated the policy by having sexual relations with a student he was simultaneously instructing.
While University administrators have not addressed questions on whether Kurzban will be disciplined for this alleged violation, some ISP students told the DP that they suspect he has been barred from teaching in ISP and stripped of his title as undergraduate chair of the Psychology Department. According to a cached version of the ISP website, Kurzban was listed as a professor within the program as recently as March 27, but no longer appears on the website.
In addition, as recently as Feb. But as of April 1, a cached version of his web indicates that this title has been removed. On the undergraduate website for the Psychology Departmentthe director of undergraduate studies is currently listed as Daniel Swingley.
However, on the site for psychology majors as well as a site that lists faculty affiliated with the master of behavioral and decision sciences program, the undergraduate chair was listed as Kurzban as of April It remains unclear whether Kurzban has been formally demoted, and the University has not provided a clear answer. Five top administrators and four faculty members, as well as the Vice President for University Communications Steve MacCarthy, did not respond to multiple s asking whether Kurzban was the current undergraduate chair for the Psychology Department or whether he would continue teaching in ISP.
Despite hints otherwise, there is currently no confirmation from the University on what Kurzban's roles on campus are or will be. In response to multiple s, the Office of the Provost Wendell Pritchett also replied by replicating MacCarthy's statement. In addition, five other relevant faculty members did not respond to requests for comment.
Heidi Howkins Lockwood, an associate professor of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, said she Sex dating in Pritchett Penn should take action against Kurzban if it confirms the alleged relationship between him and the student. A College senior from New York who said the student confided in him about the relationship, agreed.
With professional responsibility comes power. It is incumbent on faculty members not to abuse, nor to seem to abuse, the power with which they are entrusted. Less than two weeks ago, Penn banned all sexual relations between faculty members and undergraduate students, marking the first time since that this policy has been updated.
The new guidelines are a considerable shift from the University's policy, which stated that sexual relations between teachers and students were only prohibited "during the period of the teacher-student relationship. The American Association of University Professors has not recommended an outright ban on sexual relations between faculty and undergraduates, but issued a strong statement to The Washington Post in on the dangers that these relationships can have for students.
Lockwood, the associate professor from Southern Connecticut State University, said she strongly disapproves of sexual relationships between faculty and students, particularly during the period of instruction. It is utterly Sex dating in Pritchett she said in an interview with the DP. Penn officials have also publicly acknowledged the implications that sexual relations between faculty members and students can have. A scholar widely renowned in his field, Kurzban is cited in numerous journals in the field of evolutionary psychology.
He has taught at Penn sincethough his material and teaching style have made him a controversial figure on campus. According to four students across two classes he taught inhis lectures on evolutionary psychology included material some students found misogynistic and inappropriate.
This is all literally on his slides. Thea Farah, a College graduate who majored in psychology, said she appreciated his approachable sense of humor in her honors psychology seminar. Araten echoed these sentiments, noting that she stopped regularly going to class because of how offensive she found the material. Correction: A version of this article incorrectly stated that Professor Robert Kurzban was faculty director of the Integrated Studies Program.
He was in fact just a faculty member of ISP. The DP regrets the error.
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