A professor at the University of Adelaide has been sacked for abusing students in a classroom while they were in their final year of college.
A source at the university told the ABC that the university had received a complaint from the Australian Human Rights Commission that the professor had sexually harassed two students.
The student had reported the incident to the university, but when he failed to receive a response from the university it became clear that the incident was not being handled properly.
He had contacted the university’s human rights department and sought to report the incident, the source said.
“The university received a formal complaint from a member of the public who believed that the accused had sexually abused him and who felt that this was a breach of university policy,” the source added.
Mr Loh said he was aware of the complaint and had been in contact with the student, who is not being named for legal reasons.
“I will do everything within my power to ensure that this incident is dealt with appropriately,” he said.
“This person has been made aware of my responsibilities to the University and I will take this matter to the full extent of the law.”
The university confirmed that the matter was under investigation.
University of Adelaide president says he will act swiftly in response to the allegationsThe University of South Australia president, Dr Matthew Smith, said he would take the matter to full extent the law to ensure the safety of all students.
“The University will act appropriately and promptly in response, including through the appropriate disciplinary processes, to the report that has been received and the relevant recommendations that are in place,” he wrote in a statement.
Professor Loh is a member in good standing with the university.
He was appointed as a professor of English in 2011.
This article was updated on December 15, 2017 at 12:24:54 to include the university statement and an explanation from the professor.