EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan State University official awarded a New Jersey man a doctorate in 2019, decades after he and his wife were sexually harassed by a professor while they were students.
Jon Edwards said he quit pursuing graduate studies in history to protest Harold Marcus’ behavior, although he only had a few steps left, the Lansing State Journal reported.
Cheryl Edwards received $ 25,000 from the state of Michigan, the newspaper reported. She said Marcus got physical with her, offered her sex and exposed her genitals when she was a student.
Jon Edwards said that Marcus, his doctorate. counselor, spoke to her regularly about sex in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Marcus died in 2003.
The couple filed a complaint with the state of Michigan in 2018 when the school was grappling with a scandal related to campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted gymnasts.
“If I had completed the last little requirements for the degree, I was fully convinced that Marcus would have used my successes to recruit others into a program I did not believe was worthy,” Edwards wrote in an email. at Michigan State’s Office of Institutional Equity. , explaining why he left.
A 2019 investigation by the state of Michigan found that Marcus had violated the university’s sexual misconduct policy, the State Journal reported.
Thomas Jeitschko, associate president for graduate and postdoctoral studies, said he handed over Jon Edwards’ doctorate at his home in Mercer County, New Jersey, in 2019.
He found that Edwards had successfully defended his thesis decades earlier, but was “placed in an untenable position” because of Marcus’ conduct.
âIt’s an absolute miracle that I resort to computing on,â Jon Edwards said. “There is nothing to complain about, but my passion for African history, Cheryl’s passion for Africa, was shattered.”
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