Lecture tapes and online courses by world-renowned scientist Walter Levin, famous for his spectacular approach to explaining physics, were removed from their materials by MIT officials after a student accused him of sexual harassment.
Walter Lewin was previously at MIT and then teaches online physics courses at edX, an MIT / Harvard project. The scientist made a significant contribution to the popularization of physics, showing experiments directly on himself. The experiment with a pendulum, for example, gained great popularity.
On December 8, a message appeared on the official website of MIT that all lectures and online courses of the scientist were removed from the materials of the institute. The reason is the complaint of an anonymous student who accused Levin of sexual harassment.
The problem was solved without the involvement of the police - within the framework of the commission, which was attended only by members of the institute's administration, who interviewed both participants in the incident. Despite the fact that the decision was motivated by “the desire to prevent inappropriate behavior in the future,” not only online courses where the scientist could contact students were removed, but also standard video recordings of lectures.
Neither the scientist nor the anonymous student has yet commented on the media. Some of Levin's lectures are still available on the official MIT YouTube channel.