Northwestern professor resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

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EVANSTON, Ill. — A Northwestern University professor has resigned amid ongoing accusations that he sexually harassed two students.

The university said in a statement that Peter Ludlow, a Northwestern University professor of philosophy, resigned his position effective Monday “following findings that he had engaged in sexual harassment involving two students.” Ludlow has not taught classes since March 2014 and was facing a faculty hearing on the allegations.

Northwestern said Ludlow’s resignation came after  the university “had initiated proceedings to terminate Ludlow’s employment.”

The University added:

Northwestern treats sexual harassment and other types of sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness and is firmly committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty and staff. Northwestern is dedicated to fostering a learning, working and living environment where all members of the community can thrive.

The case against Ludlow began in 2012 after a Northwestern freshman filed an official complaint with the school, accusing Ludlow of indecent sexual contact.

Northwestern chose not to fire Ludlow but froze the professor’s pay after the allegations. The student later filed a federal lawsuit in 2014, saying the school mishandled the discipline.

A judge later threw out the suit.

Ludlow had been a professor at Northwestern since 2008, but had not taught classes since March 2014, the same month in which students engaged in a campus protest against the professor.