Liberal Columbia Professor Keeps Job Despite Pleading Guilty to Incest CharLast December Columbia University Professor David Epstein was in the headlines. Not for his blog posts at the Huffington Post on issues ranging from torture to Sarah Palin, but rather for his arrest and charge of having participated in a three year sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. The Columbia Spectator’s Jackie Carrero and Mikey Zhong have reported that despite pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for attempted incest on May 10, Mr. Epstein will remain a Professor at the $40,000+ yearly tuition Ivy League university.
Mr. Epstein taught at Columbia University along with his wife, a political science professor, and the two were featured in a 2008 Spectator article on professors who “bring love to work.” Manhattan District Attorney’s office criminal complaint in December read that “professor David Epstein’s incest was committed between July 2006 and June 2009 at University Apartment Housing building on 120th Street,” and the New York Daily News reported that the relationship featured “twisted text messages.”
Mr. Epstein was placed under conditional discharge for one year, which the Spectrum commented was “essentially a less invasive form of probation.” The case has left critics in the blogesphere puzzled:
“If a professor committed such a crime on university property, wouldn’t Columbia be justified in firing Epstein? Surely such behavior violates some aspect of university policy, and yet it appears that Epstein remains a full-time faculty member in good standing.”
If professor Epstein’s crime is not justified for removal from his position at Columbia University what is?
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