A Harvard math professor was placed on administrative leave Friday after a damning new report revealed he had given convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein his own office on campus after his 2008 sex crimes conviction.
Martin Novak, the lead on Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, is said to have provided Epstein with a campus key card which allowed him to visit more than 40 times between his release from prison in 2010 and 2018.
A room in the department was established as 'Jeffrey's office' and Epstein, who died by suicide in a Manhattan jail in 2019, even had his own Harvard phone line.
Novak also signed off on false, flattering statements about Epstein for the school's website as the deceased financier attempted to rehabilitate his image after his 2008 conviction for soliciting sex from an underage girl.
The professor's actions came after the then-Harvard president had barred the school from accepting any further donations from Epstein in 2008.
Harvard math professor Martin Novak was place on administrative leave on Friday after a damning new report revealed he has allowed convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein access to the university campus after his 2008 conviction for soliciting sex from an underage girl
A report released Friday by Harvard University found that Jeffrey Epstein visited its campus more than 40 times after his 2008 sex crimes conviction and was given his own office. The school accepted $9million from Epstein before his conviction but barred additional donations
Jeffrey Epstein was granted unprecedented access to the Harvard University campus following his 2008 conviction, a new report from the university revealed on Friday
Epstein pumped $9.2million in donations into the university between 1998 and 2007, according to the month-long investigation carried out by Harvard's general counsel and an outside law firm.
He was known for using his money to gain access to academics, professing an interest in science, and he earned a reputation for funding some of America's most prestigious institutions such as MIT and Harvard.
In return, Epstein was welcomed onto campuses and given the opportunity to meet with faculty. He would also invite academics to visit his private Caribbean island.
The report published Friday expanded on what was already known about Epstein's link with Harvard, revealing his continued presence on campus even after the university's then-president Drew Gilpin Faust barred any more donations from the financier.
About $200,000 of the funding provided by Epstein before this remains unspent, the school said, and will be given to groups that support victims of sexual violence.
The report found that while Harvard's top leaders cut ties with Epstein in 2008, he maintained close ties with Nowak, a math professor and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, a research center created in 2003 with $6.5 million from Epstein.
Nowak gave Epstein an office at the program's building in Harvard Square, the review found, and circumvented campus security rules to grant the financier a key card and 'unlimited' access to the facility
A report released Friday, May 1, 2020, by Harvard University found that Epstein visited its campus more than 40 times after his 2008 sex crimes conviction and was given his own office. The school accepted $9 million from Epstein before his conviction but barred additional donations after that. Picture provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry
Jeff Epstein is pictured in a Harvard sweatshirt talking to Professor Marvin Minsky known as "the father" of Artificial Intelligence. Epstein invested heavily in some of America's most prestigious institutions such as MIT and Harvard and had an interest in science
Epstein frequently visited Office 610, which was known as 'Jeffrey's Office,' and met with scholars to hear about their work, the review found. He brought his own rug and hung his own photos on the wall.
Nowak argued that the office