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A Missouri professor accused of using foreign graduate students as “slave labor” resigned Wednesday, a day prior to the university giving the final verdict on whether he could remain at the school.
Ashim Mitra’s resignation comes two months after allegations claimed the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy chairman and professor forced his former graduate students from India to do tasks like serving food at his social gatherings, caring for his dog and tending to his lawn. The students believed they would lose their visas or be kicked out of the school if they did not obey Mitra, who is also from India, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday.
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The alleged misconduct occurred over Mitra’s 24 years at the school, though he has previously denied the accusations, according to The Star.
Mitra’s colleagues said they either saw the students performing the tasks or heard students’ complaints, according to The Star. The colleagues reportedly told Mitra his actions were inappropriate, with one even filing a report.
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UMKC administrators, however, allegedly overlooked complaints because Mitra helped bring...
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