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Incident 9051 - Resolved

Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Arts and Humanities
Specific Discipline: Languages; German
Outcome Year: 2023
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Quote: "Germanic Languages and Literatures professor Eric Rentschler was placed on two-year administrative leave for violating the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ sexual and gender-based harassment and professional conduct policies"

"“Professor Rentschler’s conduct has violated the fundamental norms of our community,” Hoekstra wrote in the email. “In my role as FAS Dean, I have determined that sanctions are warranted and proportionate to the severity of the behavior.”"

"Rentschler’s two-year administrative leave is effective immediately and he will be barred from teaching at Harvard and from attending Harvard-sponsored events and meetings, according to the email.

At time of publication, Rentschler’s page on the Germanic Languages and Literature department website listed him as “on leave” for the spring 2024 semester.

After his leave concludes, Rentschler will only be allowed to teach non-required classes and will be prohibited from taking on new undergraduate or graduate advisees for an additional two years. After that period concludes, Hoekstra will reevaluate whether she will lift “some or all” of those sanctions."
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