A university lecturer has been stood down after accidentally screening pornography during an online lesson with his first-year students.
The man and another teacher were conducting an online class called ‘Introduction to essential skills for academic success’ – a basic literacy course for students entering university – via Zoom on Wednesday.
The lecturer took a break during the lesson and mistakenly forgot to pause the Zoom meeting for the 15 students present.
A screen from a pornographic website with the title ’18+ Cams with Sexy Cam Girls’ soon popped up featuring a series of explicit images of young women.
The father of one student, who asked not to be identified, told that his daughter was revolted by the incident.
‘She was very upset to the point where she thought about pulling out of university,’ he said.
‘A teacher should be a leader in the community, a father or mother figure, so I don’t think he should be in that role.
‘I’m dumbfounded that he would show that to young people. It’s a breach of trust.’
Reports were made to Western Sydney University, which said the academic would be dealt with in accordance with policies and procedures after an investigation.
‘The university was made aware of an incident that occurred on Wednesday March 9 during a Zoom lesson, after receiving a number of complaints from students and parents,’ it said.
‘The university has taken swift action, standing down the academic in question while it completes a full and thorough investigation of this matter.
‘It has also reached out to affected students to provide support.’
The lecturer has taught English at Western Sydney University since 2015.
Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne was also caught in a similar pornographic gaffe when he held an online safety talk with high schools students in 2016.
Hayne, who was granted bail last month from the NSW appeal court after a nine-month stint in prison for sexual assault, mistakenly showed 200-plus students at Robina State High School on the Gold Coast a link to a porn website.
The former footballer was going through his internet browser history during the talk when the website showed.
Norton Security, on whose behalf Hayne was presenting the talk, said afterwards the images came from another device that had entered the network.
‘It’s unfortunate and all I can say (is) it definitely was not Jarryd’s device,’ Hayne’s co-host from Norton, Nick Savvides, said.
‘Connecting to open networks, people can see what you’re doing and in this case, inject unwanted materials.’