Yale Professor Stripped Of Endowed Chair Over Sexual Harrassment

Sep 25, 2018

Officials of Yale’s School of Medicine say a professor found guilty of sexual harassment has been stripped of a prestigious endowed chair.

The school stripped Michael Simons of the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz chair on Friday after several weeks of protests by faculty and students.

Simons was found guilty of sexually harassing a junior faculty member in 2013. He resigned as chief of cardiology at the school, but still held the Berliner chair, despite protests from faculty. Earlier this summer, Simons was awarded the Von Zedtwitz chair.

The dean of the Yale School of Medicine says the school’s decision to award Simons with the chair was a transfer of honors, not the conferment of a new one.