Oxford professor claims he was dismissed for harassment

'My wife complained about the distress she felt her family was being subjected to'

'My wife complained about the distress she felt her family was being subjected to'

First published 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.

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