What's wrong with this guy?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by wesmorrisbabe, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. wesmorrisbabe Ethusiastic bistander Registered Senior Member

    I was listening to "The O'Reilly Factor" when there was a discussion about a Kansas State University (K.U.) Professor of Human Sexuality who has been recently accused of misconduct. My first thought was that a student had taken the class' content out of proportion or mistook the class for an easy "A" and had quarrels with the University about dropping out of the course...

    until I heard the entire discussion. Supposedly, as one student stated, the professor made lude comments towards women in the classroom, gestured at students with the finger if he disagreed with them OR if they had opted to 'walk-out' of the course as many had done. He has shown pornographic material within the classroom, and he has shown up for... as I call it... "Porn N' Chicken" night at the local fraternities. Okay, now, the pornographic material within the classroom... I may have to say, "Eh, not that big of a deal." It may be relevent. Afterall, it IS a human sexuality course; but when a teacher has an "All-Access" pass to some fraternity and sorority porn film festivals, that's when I would start questioning.

    What are your opinions on this?

    Should the the Professor be fired from his duties as an educator from the University of Kansas?

    Should the University be held accountable for the actions of one of their professors?
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  3. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member



    As for your other questions, I would bet that there is a lot more to the story than appears on the surface.

    I would need to know a lot more to make a sound judgment.

    However, IF the "porn film festivals" were actually NOT directly related to course work it does constitute cause for concern.

    There are very strict rules regarding professors fraternizing with the students for good reason, and this would be well beyond that line.
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  5. weebee Registered Senior Member

    As far as I can see the professor was probably using his students as Ginny pigs, most do because it provides them with mild entertainment.

    Heres some of the findings of the report;

    • No audiovisual materials used in the class fit the senator's allegation of child pornography.
    • All audiovisual materials were prepared by educational agencies and were intended for the classroom. Materials used by a professor as part of an approved course or program of instruction at a public, private or parochial school, college or university are not obscene under Kansas statute (KSA 21-4301).
    • Dailey categorically denied that he advocates pedophilia in his class or in any manner conveys to students that this criminal activity represents acceptable behavior. None of the audiovisual materials or other class documents advocates pedophilia.
    • Dailey's teaching evaluations for the past five years are "remarkable." On a scale in which 5 represents excellence, Dailey's mean scores were never below 4.74. In response to the question, "Did [the instructor] show respect for students?" a total of 1,368 students rated his performance "excellent"; three students rated it "poor."
    • The provost found no cause for action against Dailey. Until spring 2003, not one of 3,355 students who had taken the elective course during the past five years had made a single formal complaint about course content to the chief academic officer, the social welfare dean or the Office of Equal Opportunity (the proper conduit for sexual harassment charges). "This lack of any formal complaint concerning content or sexual harassment is consistent with the many comments by former students about the great value of the class to them, both at the time they were students and in their later lives," the report states.
    • The course, with Dailey as its teacher, has been held in such high esteem that 10 religious organizations have sponsored the offering of the class to the Lawrence community for at least five years.
    • The class syllabus warns students to assess their readiness to take the course and states that viewing the audiovisual materials is optional.
    • Dailey's responses to Wagle's allegations were corroborated by many unsolicited letters and e-mail messages from students and alumni who had taken the course.
    I know of a UK university where a complaint about their Gender Study class, because the lecturer was a man and the syllabuses contained one class (out of 20) about masculinity. University students don’t tend to be the brightest, or the most liberal.

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  7. spoilsport Registered Senior Member

    It was the University of Kansas (KU), not Kansas State University (KSU).

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