Loyola University stands by decision to hire controversial prof

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Loyola University Chicago is standing by its decision to hire a controversial faculty member who has been accused of sexual harassment at his previous job.

"We have reviewed the allegations raised against Miguel Diaz and our offer to him stands," the university said in a statement. "As previously stated, he has accepted a faculty appointment that begins July 1, 2014. He will join the university as the John Courtney Murray University chair in public service and professor of theology."

Mr. Diaz was accused of "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature" toward married colleagues at his previous employer, the University of Dayton, according to an Inside Higher Education report. The Ohio school conducted an investigation and found "reasonable cause" that Mr. Diaz's behavior "created an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment," the article said.

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