Alleged Serial Harasser No Longer at San Diego State

November 30, 2015

A tenured associate professor of Spanish at San Diego State University who was accused of sexually harassing four female students, allegedly asking one of them to dress as a French maid, no longer works for the university, NBC 7 first reported. According to documents obtained by the news station, which has been following Vincent Martin’s case for some time, he was either fired or resigned this month.

In 2011, shortly after starting at San Diego State, Martin allegedly asked a student he’d accused of plagiarism and offered an assistantship to make up the class to meet him at a hotel in Seattle wearing a maid’s costume. The university has since determined that Martin harassed three other students, including one who offered to babysit his young child, according to NBC. Martin received a 30-day suspension in two of those cases, and last week a university spokesperson confirmed that Martin is no longer employed there.

The university said in a statement that it "is limited, legally, with the disciplinary actions we can take until the faculty exhausts his or her due process." A decision letter from a previous arbitration hearing revealed Martin resigned from a job at the University of Delaware after he was accused of harassing a female student there, according to NBC. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that the ongoing allegations against Martin, and the university’s response -- which some said wasn’t serious enough -- prompted student protests on campus earlier this year.

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