Nichols College president Glenn Sulmasy has been banned from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy over allegations that he sent inappropriate messages to a student during his time as an administrator there, according to The Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
The news comes on the heels of a CNN report that alleged Sulmasy sent hundreds of sexually suggestive text messages to a female student and discouraged another from reporting a sexual assault. Sulmasy, who served as a law professor and head of the humanities department at the academy, retired from the Coast Guard in 2015. Even so, investigators considered charging him in military court in 2016 for conduct unbecoming an officer, CNN reported.
Sulmasy was hired as president of Nichols in 2021 and is currently on voluntary leave.
“Every member of the Service has the right to a safe workplace devoid of harassment, bullying, assault, discrimination, and retaliation,” Rear Admiral Michael Johnston, superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, said in a statement following the ban. “If any current or former member of the Academy community has experienced any of these behaviors while at the Coast Guard Academy, I encourage you to report it.”
A lawyer for Sulmasy did not respond to a request for comment from Inside Higher Ed.