Juilliard locations professor on go away amid sexual harassment accusations

The Juilliard College has positioned the previous chair of its composition division on go away whereas an out of doors legislation agency investigates allegations of sexual harassment, in response to The New York Instances.

Robert Beaser, 68, was positioned on paid go away on Dec. 16, the identical day a gaggle of New York-based composers printed an open letter calling on Juilliard to take such an motion.

“Although we acknowledge and respect the necessity for due course of, the amount of allegations, testimony, and supporting proof of Beaser’s misconduct are undeniably unsettling,” the letter from the Composers Collective mentioned. 

“Till the investigation is resolved, Beaser’s presence within the Juilliard composition division might jeopardize the emotional well-being of scholars and inhibit a protected and wholesome studying atmosphere,” it continued.

The letter got here within the wake of final week’s article from the journal VAN, which reported that Beaser — who served because the chair of the composition division from 1994 to 2018 — had been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on a number of events within the late Nineteen Nineties and 2000s.

Juilliard’s Title IX coordinator reportedly contacted a number of former college students in January 2018 about misconduct allegations, simply months earlier than Beaser was changed as the pinnacle of the composition division, in response to VAN.

A spokeswoman for Juilliard confirmed to The New York Instances that the college had investigated Beaser within the late Nineteen Nineties, in addition to a number of years in the past. 

The Juilliard College didn’t reply to a request for remark from The Hill.