UNC fires professor arrested in Argentina
Posted May 24
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has fired Paul Frampton, a physics and astronomy professor who was arrested in 2012 and charged with attempting to smuggle drugs out of Argentina.
Chancellor Carol Folt fired him earlier this month for "personal misconduct and neglect of duty", according to a letter to Frampton.
In the letter she wrote "I concur that you committed misconduct of such a nature as to render you unfit to serve as a member of the faculty of this University."
British news reports say Frampton told investigators he was in Argentina to meet a model he'd met online and someone gave him a bag they claimed belonged to the woman.
His advocates in Chapel Hill say Frampton made a mistake, thinking he was helping a friend. Friends, students, his ex-wife and Congressman David Price have rallied behind him.