The firing of Professor Katz is clearly the right decision under the circumstances, i.e., the discovery that he was having sexual relations with a student while also grading her work (not to mention putting her in a different category from his other students). When the news of Katz’s relationship with a student and subsequent suspension came out in the Prince, then action should have been taken, but it is right that it has happened now. Politics should be entirely beside this point. 

A very important aspect of all student-teacher relationships is the power imbalance present in it, which should lead both teachers and students in classics and all other University areas of study to respect one another enough to wait until they are no longer grading and being graded.

Amelia R. Brown ’99
Brisbane, Australia