Temple University President Peter Liacouras has decided not to charge outgoing African-American studies chairman Molefi Asante with ``grave misconduct'' for his actions toward an untenured assistant professor who claimed he plagiarized her work.
But Liacouras did conclude that soured business dealings between Asante and his onetime star pupil, assistant professor Ella Forbes, ``sufficiently tainted'' the review of Forbes' application for a permanent faculty position.
``Once Dr. Asante entered into the external business relationship with Dr. Forbes . . . a potential conflict of interest within the university was created,'' Liacouras wrote in his decision.