Tuesday, April 12, 2011
La Salle University officials acknowledged today that the university has launched "a full-scale investigation" into "reports regarding an incident which occurred on March 21" — an incident which, according to two students who witnessed the event and spoke with CP, involved a professor inviting a team of strippers to engage himself and students at an on-campus, for-credit symposium.
According to the students, the symposium, hosted at a satellite campus facility in Plymouth Meeting, was held by La Salle assistant professor of management Jack Rappaport. For a $150 admission fee, students earned credit in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, as well as extra credit in the professor's School of Business classes. The symposium's subject, the students say, was the application of Platonic and Hegelian ethics to business.
As part of the lesson, they say, three dancers, dressed in bikinis and/or miniskirts and high heels, had already arrived when the approximately 30 students (two of whom were female) entered the classroom. During the course of the presentation, lap dances were administered to willing students — and even Rappaport — while he lectured.
From Prof. Rappaport's faculty webpage:
Being a professor at LaSalle gives me a great deal of joy. I live right at the campus and I am usually in my office most of the day. This allows me to be accessible to all of my students most of the time. I try to enrich my teaching by using interesting real life applications.
- ABC Philadelphia, LaSalle Professor Investigated for Stripper Class
- Daily Mail, University Professor ‘Charged $150 Admission Fee for Class on Platonic Ethics (Featuring Lap Dancing Strippers)’
- Fox Philadelphia, Teacher Used Lap Dancers In Classroom
- Inside Higher Ed, Prof Suspended After Report of Lap Dances in Class
- NBC Philadelphia, La Salle Prof Allegedly Had Lap Dances in Class
- Philadelphia Inquirer, La Salle Suspends Professor Who Hired Dancers