SLU law school dean leaves amid allegations of inappropriate comments

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 4:56 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The interim Dean of the St. Louis University Law School stepped down from his position Monday night. Thomas Keefe said he is leaving the university because he is too politically incorrect to be the head of the law school.

Keefe said he has shook the so called normal behavoir ever since he started wearing t-shirts and shorts in August.

Keefe told students about his time in school.

“Deans are not supposed to say they smoked pot,” Keefe said, “Deans don’t say why can’t you remember what’s in front of you. How the pot has gotten too good. I say all kinds of things like that, that are stupid.”

Keefe said he was keeping a list of everything he has said at his law office in Belleville, Il. Many of the stories about what Keefe said, his off color jokes and remarks, had some people saying he crossed the line.

One student said Keefe didn’t have much of a filter when it came to joking around.

“Did I say some things that I shouldn’t have said?” Keefe asked, “No, I said some things that were not the right things for a dean of a law school in this day and age to say.”

Keefe said his mouth seemed to make things worse among the faculty too.

Keefe denied allegations that he made sexual innuendos and said he never meant to offend anyone.

Keefe was named interim Dean last August. He said he brought his experience and generosity to the school, even refusing to take a salary.

 

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