A former professor who was fired from Fordham University in New York City for allegedly masturbating throughout a Zoom class final yr – and the student who recorded the incident on video – have each sued the varsity, in response to stories. 

Howard Robinson, 69, claimed he has erectile dysfunction which might make the alleged act “virtually impossible” and stated what the student recorded in September 2020 was him attempting to ship an e mail whereas he wanted to make use of the toilet on account of an enlarged prostate, in response to the New York Daily News. 

“The thought of masturbating was the furthest thing from my mind. I was totally focused on teaching,” he stated. He stated he advised officers about his ED throughout a college inquiry. 

“The thought of masturbating was the furthest thing from my mind. I was totally focused on teaching.” 

— Howard Robinson, former Fordham professor

What Morin noticed was Robinson “grimacing and shifting his weight in his seat as he rushed to complete the message to his class before relieving himself,” his petition stated, in response to the Post. The previously tenured professor is asking to be reinstated.


Robinson additionally referred to as the varsity’s investigation “flawed” and claimed he wasn’t allowed a listening to. 

Both lawsuits had been filed in September. 

The student who filmed it, Andrea Morin, claimed she misplaced her scholarship and was dropped from this system after receiving a failing grade from Robinson’s alternative professor, allegedly in retaliation for reporting the incident.

She claimed that after the scholars had damaged into dialogue periods she filmed Robinson “from above his waist, and observed him for a period of 1.5 minutes, during which time he was shaking, breathing hard, and saying … oh f— yeah,” the Post reported.

She reported the incident the identical day, her grievance stated, in response to the Post. The Daily News, whose reporters seen the footage, stated whereas Robinson makes fast actions within the video, he doesn’t clearly say something.