I've often wondered why a
"renowned scholar" like Vahakn Dadrian no longer operates from a
university base. His various biographies on Armenian sites state that he
taught at the State University of New York Geneseo from 1970 to 1991, and that
he had "retired." It sounded unusual that a man of around sixty
years of age would have taken such an early retirement, even if he wanted to
concentrate on his precious genocide, as some bios explained. (At Geneseo, the
sociology professor evidently concentrated on teaching his slanted genocidal
views with near exclusivity. It's not like he would have needed to depart such
a prestigious university base in order to focus on his genocide; as the
newspaper article below indicates, he was already immersed in his genocide.)
Thanks to an astute reader, the riddle has now been solved. The prosecuting
professor has a skeleton in his closet, so appropriate given that so many of
those 1.5 million skeletons of genocide victims can barely be found.
It turns out Vahakn Dadrian had not retired.
He was fired.
SUNY Geneseo Professor
Fired; Sexual Harassment [Cited?]
By SUZETTE SEVANTE
April 24, 1991
State University College at Geneseo has fired a sociology professor who was accused of
sexually harassing female students, its president has disclosed.
Vahakn N. Dadrian, an internationally known expert on genocide, was fired after an
arbitrator found him guilty of sexual harassment and supported the school's desire to
dismiss him, said Carol Harter, SUNY Geneseo president. The action was announced
The college suspended Dadrian with pay in September after a student complained of sexual
harassment, Harter said. He last taught in spring 1990 and is now banned from the campus.
Dadrian could not be reached for comment.
Ronald Satryb, vice president for student services and staff relations, said the incident
took place April 24, 1990.
He said Dadrian was alone in his classroom with a female student when she agreed to help
him hang a banner.
Once the banner was up, Satryb said, Dadrian asked the woman some questions, told her she
was beautiful, then grabbed her and kissed her.
Satryb said the unidentified student pulled away and alerted authorities. He aaid the
scenario was similar to charges against Dadrian in 1981.
Dadrian had tenure, forcing the school to go through an extensive arbitration process.
The college arranged for a hearing after Dadrian protested efforts to dismiss him, Harter
said. The arbitrator, from White Plains, found the complaints valid and said firing was
appropriate because students had charged Dadrian with sexual harassment in the the past,
Satryb said school administrators did not feel it appropriate to call in police.
The college first tried to fire Dadrian in 1981 after he was accused of sexually harassing
five female students.
An arbitrator found Dadrian guilty of the charges but ruled that termination was too
drastic. Dadrian was suspended without pay for a month, and returned to class.
"He (the 1981 arbitrator) substituted suspension and submitted a letter that said no
further incidents would be tolerated," Harter said.
After the 1981 hearing, about 600 people, including 100 faculty, signed petitions asking
SUNY to investigate the case further to "protect our students from further harassment
by Professor Dadrian in the months and years to come."
Some students in 1981 voiced support for Dadrian, and contended the professor's actions
were the result of cultural differences. Dadrian is a native of Armenia.
The professor lectures on efforts to reduce or destroy ethnical or national groups—particularly
Includes reporting by Blair Claflin.
There are so many ironies with
the above account.
Dadrian's 1990 sexual attack on his student occurred on April 24.
The date this article appeared was one year later, also on April 24.
April 24 is, of course, the genocide-obsessed Armenians' celebrated "Date of
Doom." How poetically just that April 24 would become such a memorable date for
(One would have thought that on April 24, Dadrian would have been wallowing in gloom
and despair, in the remembrance of 1.5 million Armenians savagely killed by subhuman
Turks. What a surprise that his jolly self would instead reach out for the nearest
available wench and engage in slobbering over her.)
And here's another irony: in 1981, hundreds of
people from the university hoped to do away with this predator in order to
"protect our students from further harassment by Professor Dadrian in the
months and years to come." Does that not bear an ominous overtone to the
genocide scholars' mantra (misquoting George
Santanya), regarding "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to
repeat it"? Who knows how many girls there might have been in the decade
following 1981, facing unwanted advances.
(No one says anything about the much more far-reaching and insidious brand of
harassment, that comes with poisoning the minds of impressionable youngsters, with
Dadrian's special propagandistic brand of hatred and racism. Over the years, how
many students left his classroom, entrenched in the belief that Turks have a
genetic predisposition to kill?)
But at least Dadrian exhibits consistency in his character. With his interviews,
he comes across as so arrogant and haughty in attitude, that it's kind of in line
that he'd have actually thought his female students would have received him as one
A remarkable lesson is that given Dadrian's fame [or notoriety, based on whom one
speaks with], there is not one indication on the Internet regarding this
scandalous episode. Is that not a troubling indication in itself of the power of
the Armenian Genocide industry, and its success in keeping things from the public
that does not put this genocide in the prettiest light? (In this case, a matter
that puts into question the character of one of the industry's greatest advocates,
allowing us to better comprehend the ethical
lapses in his scholarship.)
Albany Times Union (Albany, NY), April
GENESEO FIRES PROFESSOR FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Byline: Associated Press
The State University College at Geneseo has dismissed a sociology professor for
sexually harassing an 18-year-old freshman.
Vahank Dadrian, an internationally known expert on genocide, was notified of his
discharge from the faculty by a letter Monday. The dismissal became effective
He had been suspended since September and had not taught at the college near
Rochester since last spring, officials said.
Ronald Satryb, vice president for student services and staff relations, said the
student filed a formal complaint against Dadrian about a year ago. The school
investigated and found substance to the allegation, Satryb said.
The school offered the 64-year-old professor a chance to resign, but Dadrian
appealed the decision, Satryb said. The matter was submitted to binding
arbitration earlier this month.
Arbitrator Carol Wittenberg found that Dadrian had harassed a female student on
April 24, 1990, the day the professor returned to the school from several
international conferences on genocide.
According to the complaint, Dadrian kissed the student on the lips after she
helped him rehang a banner welcoming him back to school. Dadrian contended that
the two had hugged to celebrate the successful hanging of the banner, followed by
a kiss on his cheek by the student.
In making her decision, Wittenberg noted that another arbitrator had found Dadrian
guilty of four charges of sexual harassment in 1981, but had allowed him to return
to the classroom because the arbitrator believed that "Professor Dadrian had
engaged in singular events that would not happen again."
After the 1981 hearing, about 600 people, including 100 faculty, signed petitions
asking SUNY administrators to investigate the case further to "protect our
students from further harassment by Professor Dadrian in the months and years to
Some students in 1981 voiced support for Dadrian, and contended that the
professor's actions were the result of cultural differences. Dadrian is a native
Vahakn Dadrian was introduced in TAT's Armenian Professors page
See also: Vahakn Dadrian's Genocidal Evidence
The Key Distortions and
Falsehoods in the Methods of the Zoryan Institute
Vahakn Dadrian Objects to Guenter Lewy
Vahakn Dadrian Objects to Edward Erickson