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Rollins Reportedly Fired Professor for Sexual Harassment

March 16, 2022

WFTV reported that Rollins College in Florida fired Mario D’Amato, an associate professor of religion, after he was accused of sexually harassing students. Rollins declined comment on the case, but WFTV reportedly obtained a copy of a report on the college’s investigation of D’Amato, which says that he admitted to making comments that were called inappropriate—such as that he had no libido when he was sick with COVID-19—to keep students engaged in class. He reportedly did not admit to some other alleged comments, but the college determined he was responsible for a pattern of inappropriate behavior. D’Amato, who could not immediately be reached for comment, reportedly appealed his termination but was denied.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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