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Ohio State Fires Professor For Sexual Misconduct

Aerial view of The Oval on Ohio State University's campus
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Aerial view of The Oval on Ohio State University's campus

Ohio State University trustees have fired a social work professor for sexual misconduct.

Rene Olate is a former Ohio State University College of Social Work associate professor.
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Rene Olate is a former Ohio State University College of Social Work associate professor.

Two reports filed last year cited unwanted gender-based verbal and physical conduct by René Olate that created a hostile educational environment.

An investigation by the university’s Office of Institutional Equity found Olate “commented on students' physical appearances, described graphic details of sexual assault in a class lecture, commented on a student's sexuality, touched the shoulders and backs of female students, hugged and kissed one female student and requested to have an intimate relationship with a student, who declined his advances."

Olate came to Ohio State in 2011 and focused much of his work on youth violence, masculinities and Latino gangs

In a letter to trustees, Olate refuted the claims that led to his firing.

"Throughout this investigation, I have told my supervisors and others at OSU that I was willing to leave OSU. I did not wish to stay where my reputation was so severely injured by false allegations," he wrote.