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Walter Lewin



Walter Lewin, a recently retired professor from MI, was charged with sexual harassment. One woman reported him for online sexual harassment and all of the professors videos were taken down.

The video was taken down for legal and respect reasons. The accusation of a MIT professor having innpororoiate behavior needed to be shut down. To protect the highly respected University I understand why they took down the videos to show students come first as well as the professors can’t get away with anything. I don’t believe MIT wanted to turn away the professors great physics videos but under the circumstances is was important, especially to be an example to other colleges, the importance of the student voice.

On the contrary it wasn’t fair to Lewin’s hard work. My favorite comment on the article about the situation was how it is fair to take down a physicist video, but Bill Cosby can still have his Cosby show? It’s true both commuted wrong doings but only one is faced with the consequences. Also, students enjoyed his videos and he had a high success rate in his classrooms who studied from his videos so by taking down his videos students lack in study skills and an advantage of leaning is taken from them.

In my opinion I think that the videos shouldn’t have been taken down. Communication involving the videos such as messaging or commenting should have been discontinued but the students used the videos to excel at this class. By taking the videos down it really hurt the students more than the professor. I also believe that you can watch a video without any communication, so MIT could prevent that professor from communicating with students outside the classroom but leave the videos. Without proper evidence I can’t define the professor as a good or bad individual. His actions weren't appropriate but I don’t believe that it was fair to disadvantage the students for the professor’s actions.


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