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LEAD: Associate professor fired over 17-yr sexual harassment+.

OSAKA, Nov. 28 Kyodo


The city of Osaka on Tuesday dismissed an associate professor at Osaka City University for alleged sexual harassment of seven female students over a 17-year period, city officials said.

The 56-year-old associate professor at the university's faculty of science, whose name was withheld, issued a statement denying the allegations and pledging to take legal action.

According to the university, the teacher of animal ecology sexually harassed a female graduate student on two occasions in October 1996.

The student reported the teacher's alleged acts to the university in February last year, prompting the school to conduct an investigation.

The university said it then found that six other female students had been sexually harassed by the associate professor since 1983.

It said the professor sexually harassed the women on a total of 24 occasions, including putting his arm around one of the student's shoulders on a train and forcibly kissing another student at a hotel in Kyoto while she was on a research trip.

The associate professor has told the university that the kiss in the Kyoto hotel was consensual.

Takao Kodama, president of the university, said he regrets the alleged incidents and vowed to raise awareness of sexual harassment at the university.
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Date:Dec 4, 2000
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