Chinese professor accused of sexual harassment is barred from teaching

BEIJING — A major university in southern China has barred a professor from teaching after female students went public with sexual harassment allegations against him, unhappy that the university had not taken firmer action.

Sun Yat-sen University in the city of Guangzhou had received complaints against the professor, Zhang Peng, at least as early as April, when the #MeToo movement was rippling into China, emboldening students to denounce molestation by professors.

But the university dealt with the initial complaint against Zhang, a rising star in primatology who is about 40, through low-key, internal discipline. It announced his removal from teaching Tuesday, only after a journalist, Huang Xueqin, reported that Zhang had grabbed and forcibly kissed other women. Four students and a teacher had lodged complaints against him in May, the report said.