Atrium of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig: »Serious complaints«
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Sexual abuse allegations originally made the rounds under the hashtag #MeToo, especially in the film and show industry. In the meantime, the debate has long since reached universities: After complaints from several students, the Leipzig University of Graphic and Book Art (HGB) has now terminated typography professor Ludovic Balland without notice. As reported by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, several students apparently accused the professor of abuse and assault. Thomas Locher, Rector of the university, has now confirmed Balland's termination without notice in a press release.
A situation developed at the HGB that gave students cause for "serious complaints".
He does not want to provide any further information yet.
In an interview with Monopol magazine, Locher also speaks of a "series of complaints" from the typography class headed by Ludovic Balland.
The rectorate recorded the allegations last autumn and assessed them "from a legal point of view."
It was decided to terminate without notice.
The termination is now legally effective.
Locher apologized in the letter to those concerned.
The case has already been forwarded to the authorities.
»Supported by external experts«, the university is also working on »improving the existing concepts on gender equality, inclusion and diversity« at the HGB.
As early as 2019, several victims had voiced allegations of abuse against a Munich music professor.
Further complaints followed in Hamburg and Düsseldorf.
The former professor at the Munich University of Music has since been acquitted of the rape charge.