Ohio University’s board of directors voted to fire a full-time professor for molesting two students, WOUB News reported.
The action was directed against Yusuf Kalyango, a professor of journalism. The allegations included that Kalyango had booked hotel rooms for the students (separately) with him at conferences and that he invited a student for a drink and tried to kiss her.
“I am very relieved by the Board of Trustees’ decision to revoke Dr. Kalyango’s term and dismiss him,” said Tess Herman, one of the two former students who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Kalyango, in a statement. “This decision will have a positive impact on our school and the schools beyond and make the learning environment safer and more supportive. Let this be a warning to those who are considering abusing their positions. I was just one of many at our school who fought for justice for years. When you have a similar battle, you know you are not alone. “
Kalyango did not respond to a request for comment. But he has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the university of violating his rights in prosecuting the case because he is black and male.