Incident at KU Leuven Philosophy Department

From the KU Leuven Feminist Society:


On 15 Feb, a female teaching assistant was physically assaulted by a professor (her Phd supervisor) within the campus’ premises due to an argument regarding a paper she had written. Witnesses in the neighboring offices had to separate the fight as the victim yelled for help. The police was called but the professor had already left by the time they arrived. The dean for the Institute heard a statement from the professor acknowledging the assault, yet took absolutely no actions hoping the incident would go unnoticed. Furthermore, the following day after the assault, the accused professor, who was allowed to teach, has falsely informed the students that the TA in question has left the university.

We, the students (initially a group of approximately only 30 people and now much more), protested this class by confronting the professor and argued that the university should take the impartial position towards the incident and to suspend the aggressor until all investigations are carried through, as this is usually the normal stance expected from an institution when facing accusations of this severity. One of the professor’s classes did get suspended (the one we occupied), however, the professor is still teaching other classes in the institute. The number of students who are standing against this injustice within the institute has multiplied since the incident.