'My wife complained about the distress she felt her family was being subjected to' (From thisisoxfordshire)
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Oxford professor claims he was dismissed for harassment
6:30am Saturday 29th March 2014 in News
AN OXFORD University professor says that he has been dismissed from his post following harassment claims.
Jeffrey Ketland, a lecturer and fellow in philosophy at Pembroke College published an online statement on a philosophy blog.
An inquest held at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court in February into the death of Charlotte Coursier, a first-year BPhil student at St Edmund Hall, heard that the 25-year-old had reported Dr Ketland to the police alleging harassment.
The inquest heard she and Dr Ketland had previously had a relationship while she was at university in Edinburgh and that police had issued him with a warning.
It concluded that Miss Coursier, who split up with her boyfriend before her death in June last year, had committed suicide.
In the statement, Dr Ketland said: “My supervisions were reassigned, my seminars were postponed and then reassigned to my college, with the lead author of the open letter boasting about this on Facebook.
“My wife complained to a college principal about the distress and intimidation she felt her family were being subjected to.”
He added: “As of mid April 2014, I am terminated from Oxford. The reasons stated amount to this: that I told a student to stay away from me and then responded to her refusal to do so; that I pointed out to a witness at Oxford her harassment of me while it was happening; and that I complained to Oxford of false allegations being made against me.”
Oxford University refused to comment.