SJSU sex scandal: Fallen university president gets perks that could return her to campus

Students, professors irked that Mary Papazian could return as English professor.
By: | March 21, 2022

The moving trucks pulled up to the San Jose State University President’s House in the Rose Garden neighborhood this past week, three months after Mary Papazian resigned in the wake of sexual abuse scandal that rocked the school’s athletics department.

But that doesn’t mean she’s moving on.

Papazian is being paid nearly $300,000 over the next year as part of a special deal from the California State University system to prepare for what could be her next role on campus: teaching undergrads about Renaissance-era English poets.

Would she be welcomed back? Papazian’s potential return to campus is creating consternation among students and even some faculty in the English Department, and her perk of being paid six figures as part of CSU’s Executive Transition Program is raising even more questions.

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