FREDONIA – Over 12,000 people have signed a petition to fire the SUNY Fredonia professor who suggested that adult-child sex is acceptable.
Professor Stephen Kershnar’s views on the subject were posted in a YouTube video this week. The video has since been removed from the site for violating YouTube’s community guidelines.
The university has also canceled all of his philosophy classes and assigned the Professor to remote duties.
In a statement, the University’s President doubled down that the Professor’s comments do not reflect the views of the institution, and that, the school continues investigate.
President Stephen Kolison’s full statement is posted below:
“Dear Fredonia community:
I am writing to provide you with an update on the matter involving one of our professors interviewed in a widely shared video podcast. We will continue to investigate this situation. In the meantime, effective immediately and until further notice, the professor is being assigned to duties that do not include physical presence on campus and will not have contact with students while the investigation is ongoing.
Please allow me to reiterate my earlier statement that I view the content of the video as absolutely abhorrent. I cannot stress enough that the independent viewpoints of this individual professor are in no way representative of the values of the SUNY Fredonia campus.
I appreciate your patience as we make every effort to resolve this matter as expeditiously as possible.”