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Prestigious Scholar Suspended Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

An article posted to social media claimed that the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations against Sun Yat-sen University Professor Zhang Peng started after a first-year student accused him of attempted rape. Photo: VCG
An article posted to social media claimed that the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations against Sun Yat-sen University Professor Zhang Peng started after a first-year student accused him of attempted rape. Photo: VCG

Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University has suspended a professor accused of harassing and assaulting multiple women, as China continues to grapple with sexual harassment in academia.

Zhang Peng, an ecology professor at the university, allegedly stalked, molested and threatened multiple female students and faculty members between 2011 and 2017, according to an article published on Sunday by WeChat blog theLivings. The article has since been deleted, but screenshots have continued to circulate on Chinese social media.

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