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US university lecturer suspended over class featuring lap-dancing strippers

April 13, 2011 - London

A university lecturer in the US has been suspended after he allegedly held a seminar in which students received lap dances from strippers.

Professor Jack Rappaport, 57, charged students 150 dollars to attend the seminar on business ethics at La Salle University in Philadelphia last month.

The exotic dancers, dressed in bikinis, mini-skirts and high-heels, were apparently brought in to the class of 30 pupils, which included two females.

They are then said to have performed sexual dances on a number of students and the lecturer himself, who is the professor of management at the university.

Rappaport, who has taught at the university for 22 years, is known for his unconventional classes. To demonstrate statistics he has taken students to place bets at horseracing events.

The seminar at a satellite campus in Plymouth Meeting, was held to show "the application of Platonic and Hegelian ethics to business".

Students who attended received credit in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, as well as extra credit in the professor's School of Business classes.

But the class was cut short after 45 minutes when Paul Brazina, dean of the business school, walked in and demanded to know what was going on.

University spokesman Joe Donovan said the school had opened a "full-scale investigation into what took place and who was responsible".

"Until the investigation has been completed, it would be unfair to those involved to disclose any further information, let alone suspicions or allegations," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

"While the University is proceeding as quickly as possible, we recognize the importance of guarding against a rush to judgement in this situation," he stated.


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