Did LaSalle prof hire strippers for symposium?

A LaSalle University professor may have hired strippers to attend a symposium and give lap dances to himself and students.

LaSalle spokesman Joseph Donovan confirmed today that the university has "launched a full-scale investigation" into a symposium held by Jack Rappaport, an assistant professor of management, on March 21 at the school's Plymouth Meeting satellite campus.

Donovan declined to say what the school is investigating, but according to a City Paper blog post by Emily Apisa, a LaSalle student who claims to have spoken with two students who were in attendance, participants paid money to go to the symposium, where they earned credits in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies or extra credit in Rappaport's business classes.

Three scantily clad strippers gave lap dances to willing students and Rappaport during the class, according to the blog post. It's unclear what the nature of the symposium was, although the blog seems to suggest it had something to do with ethics and business.

Donovan confirmed that the symposium ended when School of Business Dean Paul Brazina came in and brought it to a halt.

He said that students who attended the symposium would be interviewed as part of the school's investigation. Donovan declined to say whether Rappaport was still a member of the school's faculty or if he was actively teaching classes.

"Essentially, it's an incident which obviously, administrators felt the need to look in to and they asked the university attorneys to conduct a formal investigation," he said.

Rappaport and Brazina did not return requests for comment.

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