Northwestern journalism professor investigated, takes leave

EVANSTON, Illinois. – Northwestern University officials say that a journalism professor accused of misconduct by former students and staff members is taking a leave of absence.

University spokesman Alan Cubbage on Thursday said Alec Klein, is to move away from the idea of education, investigative journalism, and as director of the Medill Justice Project during an investigation takes place.

Eight former students and two former Medill Justice Project, staff released an open letter Wednesday to alleged misconduct on the part of Small dating back to 2011. Among the allegations is that Small gave unwanted neck massages, tried to cushion a potential employee and asked an employee if they are a stripper.

Klein denied the allegations, saying many of the claims came from a “disgruntled (ex -) employee.”

Small worked for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal before joining the Northwestern faculty.

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