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Nicholas Nixon, a well-known professor of photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, retired this month amid allegations of inappropriate behavior, The Boston Globe reported. President David Nelson announced Nixon's departure in an email to students and faculty members last week, saying, “We take reports of any form of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior or misconduct seriously” and that was Nixon was no longer in the classroom.

Nixon reportedly referred requests for comment to his attorney, Bruce A. Singal, who said in a statement that Nixon received notice of a college investigation “into reports that he allegedly made inappropriate comments in the presence of students and staff members.” Singal said Nixon is “widely known for a provocative teaching style in a creative art school environment that he believed was inspiring to his students” and that “we hope the investigation can be completed before any conclusions are drawn.”