Joshua Katz was terminated by Princeton University a few months ago. For readers unfamiliar with the affair, here are the facts.
Katz was a classics professor who produced top scholarship and taught well enough to earn tenure in 2006. He won the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003, as an instructor who pressed students into a fuller experience than the three-class-hours-per-week exposure that is the norm today. He hosted dinners, encouraged office visits, and enjoyed the mentor role. Students confided in him — for instance, the Dominican undergraduate who one day revealed his “undocumented” status to Katz, who proceeded to help start him on the naturalization process.
Not surprisingly, the contact resulted in something more in 2006, an affair with a student that lasted
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