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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Prof Suspended For Having Lap Dancers Perform in Business Ethics Class (and Charging Students $150)

Rappaport Philadelphia City Paper, Students Say La Salle Symposium Featured Strippers, Lap Dances:

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.

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Unlike traditional ethics courses, Prof. Rappaport offered his students a lesson in ethics that they will never forget. What happens to professors whose students finish the course without remembering anything?

Posted by: Woody | Apr 12, 2011 11:00:02 AM

Sounds about right for a class on business ethics in America. He forgot the cocaine, though.

Posted by: Alan Cabal | Apr 12, 2011 11:33:47 AM

There is no such thing as business ethics. It is an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp, honest salesboy and military intelligence

Posted by: Harry Johnson | Apr 12, 2011 12:38:05 PM

His pornography classes with real life sexual activity with porno stars was already full so I settled for his Joys with Toys class.

Posted by: Bildeberg Perry | Apr 12, 2011 12:50:58 PM

Exactly what rule is this fellow violating?

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 12, 2011 2:40:17 PM

"lap dances were administered to ... Rappaport — while he lectured"
I admire his ability to multi-task

Posted by: lobo | Apr 12, 2011 4:07:32 PM

My my, education has changed...what ever happened to "See Spot Run"

Posted by: alison Smith | Apr 13, 2011 6:36:40 AM

Last month we had the professor from Northwestern with his live sex demonstration "after class." Now this guy in April. Lucky the semester is coming to an end. Let's hope next year will be better.

Posted by: Bill | Apr 13, 2011 2:55:13 PM