IU Bloomington professor tweets about ‘Women Destroying Academia’, Dean responds to incident

Courtesy: Indiana.edu

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WEHT) – An IU Bloomington Business professor is facing backlash from university officials, students and Twitter users after tweeting a quote from an article titled, “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably.”

Eric Rasmusen’s tweet read, “Geniuses are overwhelmingly male because they combine outlier high IQ with moderately low agreeableness and moderately low conscientiousness.”

His tweet received dozens of comments from angry students and other Twitter users condemning him for the article.

Rasmusen is a business economics and public policy professor at IU Bloomington.

Idie Kesner, the Dean of Kelly School of Business condemned Rasmusen’s tweet. “The leadership of the Kelley School stands united in condemning the bias and disrespect displayed by this professor; we find his sexist, racist, and homophobic views abhorrent.”

Kesner said while she disagrees with his messages, Rasmusen has the right to share his views on his private Twitter page because of his First Amendment rights.

Kesner said she received complaints from students, faculty and other universities in regards to this issue and she’s working with other faculty members to review Rasmusen’s grading policies to make sure his grading isn’t biased.

Students who have registered for spring classes with Rasmusen will be allowed to switch classes taught by other instructors.

“Therefore, we will take all necessary steps to ensure that students will not be harmed by the biases that could underlie the judgment of this professor. This includes allowing students who are enrolled in his courses to substitute other courses or transfer to other sections taught by different professors.”

Kesner asks people not to judge the school solely on a single faculty member. She says those tweets do not reflect the values of Indiana University.

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This story was originally published on November 20, 2019)

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