Indiana University ballet instructor fired after investigation into reported sexual assault


Guo Ping Wang

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A senior lecturer at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music has been fired following an investigation into a report that he sexually assaulted an IU student on campus.

The assault was reported to the university on March 28. As a result, Guo Ping Wang was placed on leave while the university investigated. The university then reported the incident to the Indiana University Police Department and terminated Wang’s employment.

"We felt that the facts in this case and the fact it was a faulty member really necessitated us to come forward regardless the student would file the report. we felt that we needed to," says IU Spokesperson Mark Land.

IU police have opened an investigation into the case.

"Sexual assault has no place on our campus, or any campus, and any act of violence on the part of an employee against a student is especially egregious," said Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel said in a statement. "The university intends to work with authorities to vigorously pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law.”

Robel continued, "Providing a safe environment for our students and supporting them in times of need are our top priorities, and we intend to use all our resources to help our student in any way possible."

According to his online bio, Wang is a native of China who studied ballet at the Ballet Department of the Shanghai Dance School and in the graduate program at the Jacobs School of Music. He has served on the faculty of the School of Ballet Chicago and as a guest teacher and coach for the Indiana University Ballet Theater.

Students, faculty and staff at the Jacobs School of Music were notified about his termination Monday.

"You don’t expect it from the faculty and from the people that you look up to," says IU student Leeladhar Sharma.

"This occurrence runs counter to our values," Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards said. "We will continue to do everything we can to make sure that our students have the ideal environment in which to pursue their artistic and academic goals."

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