Eric Rasmusen, a professor of business economics and public policy at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business,and an adjunct professor of economics in the IU College of Arts and Sciences. (Courtesy photo)
Eric Rasmusen, a professor of business economics and public policy at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business,and an adjunct professor of economics in the IU College of Arts and Sciences. (Courtesy photo)
An Indiana University dean and the provost of the Bloomington campus have condemned the tweets of a faculty member but do not plan to fire him.

Provost Lauren Robel did not mince words in a letter addressed to members of the IU Kelley School of Business community.

“Professor Eric Rasmusen has, for many years, used his private social media accounts to disseminate his racist, sexist and homophobic views,” she wrote.

Robel provided summaries of Rasmusen’s tweets, writing that he believes:

• Women do not belong in the workplace, particularly academia.
• That gay men should not be permitted in academia either, because he believes they are promiscuous and unable to avoid abusing students.
• That he believes black students are generally unqualified to attend elite institutions, and are generally inferior academically to white students.

A voice mail left for Rasmusen was not returned by the deadline for this story.

Recently, a Twitter account with several hundred thousand followers addressed some of Rasmusen’s posts. Specifically, Rasmusen posted a link to an article titled “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably,” written by Lance Welton. A screenshot shows the following quote from Rasmusen’s Twitter account accompanying the link to the article:

“geniuses are overwhelmingly male because they combine outlier IQ with moderately low Agreeableness and Moderately low Conscientiousness.”

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