Professor James Snape has been making headlines over the past few months after he was accused of sexually harassing and bullying students at the University of Sydney.
But Professor Snape says the allegations against him are a lie.
Professor Snape’s comments about his former students have led to a backlash from students and faculty members.
But the Australian Film Institute (AFI) has released an open letter to the professor and the public in which they have accused him of being a “sexist, misogynistic, racist and homophobic” man.
“Professor Snapes is a sexual predator who has repeatedly sexually harassed, physically assaulted and bullied female students,” the letter read.
“His behaviour was unacceptable and has left students in tears, upset, embarrassed and frightened.”
The letter also highlighted Professor Snapes comments that “the University of the Sunshine Coast is a safe space for women” and “I was told I am ‘not a bad person’ when I was a female student.”
“I do not know whether this is true or not, but I do know that it is a lie,” the AFI wrote.
Professor Smithe is currently on a leave of absence and his position is currently being reviewed.
The letter was signed by three current and former students who are currently on leave of leave of up to 12 months.
It also included a number of faculty members who have been critical of Professor Snopes actions.
“We have all seen Professor Snokes videos of him harassing and sexually assaulting female students.
And we know that he was not only guilty of this, but that he also engaged in a pattern of inappropriate conduct,” the former students told ABC Radio Sydney.”
The public have a right to know whether Professor Snones behaviour was ‘good’ or ‘bad’, as well as what steps the University has taken to support his safety and wellbeing.”‘
I’m so disappointed and shocked’A spokesperson for the University said it was aware of the letter and was currently reviewing the allegations.
“As this is an internal matter and the University does not comment on individual matters, the University is unable to comment further on the matter,” a university spokesperson said.
“It would not be appropriate for the university to comment on an internal investigation into an allegation of an individual’s misconduct.”
A spokesperson said the University “stands by Professor Snotes reputation”.
“We are committed to ensuring that all students, staff and visitors to our campus are safe and respected, and we have been actively working with the Department of Human Resources to provide support and counselling to any students in need of this,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“Our staff are fully committed to providing support and support to any staff or student facing these serious allegations.”
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