Abramson also does not fall into the stereotype of equating student-prof relationships as composed of an older male and younger childlike female.
That includes students interested in a subject within the professor’s expertise — a definition that Abramson finds overly broad. The rules were adopted, amid some debate, partly in reaction to a sexual harassment allegation at UC Berkeley. Dwyer, resigned in 2002 after a student charged that he fondled her when she passed out from heavy drinking. The fact that the Dwyer case was cited to support the rules shows that campus leaders were more concerned about lawsuits than anything else, Abramson alleges.
One of the first dankprofessor postings was on an interview with Abramson which appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
However, it is in this LA Times article that Abramson directly and forcefully takes on the higher ed establishment for “eliminating civil liberties” on campus in the context of passing these bans.
Abramson says he is trying to light a torch for liberty.
Abramson is sharply criticizing his own employer and colleges nationwide that have adopted restrictions — and, in a few cases, outright bans — on romances between faculty and students.On the other hand, maybe they knew what I find hard to accept on a gut level- that academic freedom is an ideal that in the real world of academia is all too often not applied when it comes to a professor who is too controversial, too outspoken.