Messages had been published on social networks involving a professor who was at the time a member of the ISU faculty. This information concerned personal events that date back twenty years and were not related to the activities of the International Space University.
However, the elements related were sufficiently disturbing to justify all our vigilance. The emotion and the reactions caused by this affair were strong and challenged us in our values and our responsibilities. They had also caused disruptions in our activities, affecting both our reputation and the serenity of our organization.
Therefore, without prejudging the responsibilities and motivations of the involved parties and without interfering with the investigations that had been conducted, ISU decided to take precautionary measures to protect all parties concerned.
Those measures included in particular, that the person implicated in this case had been immediately suspended from performing all ISU duties until the investigation was completed. Since 6th November, this person is no longer employed by ISU. *
Finally, we would like to reaffirm that the International Space University is committed to providing a workplace and academic environment free of harassment and discrimination. A copy of the ISU Anti-Harassment Policy can be found here.
(*) This statement has been amended on 6th December 2021.