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Sexual Harassment

SAN JOSE, Cal--Two Eay Area professors, one at San Jose State University and the other at University of California at Berkeley, have been severely disciplined for allegedly sexually harassing women students.

Philip Jacklin, associate professor of philosophy at San Jose State, was fired after a unanimous recommendation for dismissal by a faculty committee and by the university's president, Gail Fullerton.

Five women students had accused Jacklin of persistently touching, embracing, kissing, fondling and propositioning them in incidents dating since the fall of 1977.

At Berkeley, Elbaki Hermassi, assistant professor of sociology, was suspended without pay for one quarter for allegedly similar behavior dating since 1971. A record of the incident will also be placed in Hermassi's permanent personnel file, university officials said.

Spokesmen for both universities said they believe their actions for sexual harassment were the most severe taken recently by any university in the county.

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