A Harvard University biology and math professor has been sanctioned for his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – which included giving the serial predator unrestricted access to campus.
Harvard magazine reports that Nowak’s connection to Epstein was explained in a 2020 report: Between 1998 and 2008, Epstein donated $ 6.5 million to the Evolutionary Dynamics program, which was managed by Nowak. (This figure represented the largest share of the $ 9.1 million in total donations that Epstein donated to the University during this period.) ”
The massive donations allowed Epstein to be given his own space in the PED office, along with key codes and a visitor card that allowed him unrestricted access to the building. The investigation found that Epstein had visited campus more than 40 times between 2010 and 2018.
The benefits Epstein received didn’t end there. Nowak’s team also created an Epstein page online as part of a larger effort to rehabilitate his image following his 2018 sex crime conviction. It was removed after one of the victims of ‘Epstein contacted the university to complain.
Harvard has announced that the Evolutionary Dynamics program will be closed and Nowak will be banned from supervising new students or counseling undergraduates for two years.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Claudine Gay said she believes the penalties are “proportional to the severity of the behavior observed” and that he could regain some of these privileges after a review in two years. .
Epstein was found dead in his jail cell pending trial in 2019.