Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors poses with a graphic image of the “Doomsday Clock” a during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 in New York. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists adjusted the clock from 5 to 6 minutes before midnight. The clock tracks the threat of a global cataclysm. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
PHOENIX — An Arizona State University professor accused of sexual misconduct never raised any red flags among school officials, a university statement said Thursday.
Lawrence Krauss, a foundation professor at the university’s School Of Earth and Space Exploration, has been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by multiple women over the last decade.
A BuzzFeed News report detailed the allegations, which included Krauss “groping women, ogling and making sexist jokes to undergrads, and telling an employee at Arizona State University that he was going to buy her birth control so she didn’t inconvenience him with maternity leave.”
In a statement, an Arizona State University spokesperson said the school has not received any complaints about Krauss from students, facility or staff members.
The statement also acknowledged that BuzzFeed contacted the university regarding “anonymous complaints from current and former ASU employees of inappropriate behavior” by Krauss during its reporting.
The university spokesperson, who did not provide an identification, said the department responsible for investigating such claims reached back out to BuzzFeed for more details and the outlet did not provide any more information.
The statement continued to say that the university “initiated a review in an attempt to discern the facts surrounding these claims” and that the review is ongoing.
“The university encourages anyone in our community who has concerns about interactions with faculty, staff or students to report those concerns,” the statement read.