Loyola prof accused in sex harassment complaints resigns

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • April 09, 2009 @ 1:00 PM

A tenured ceramics professor at Loyola University Chicago has resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed female students during the 2007-2008 school year.

Brian Fiorentino joined the university in 1988 and resigned March 31 after being on leave for the entire fall semester, Loyola spokeswoman Annie Hughes said in a written statement.

“Due to our confidentiality policy, we can not discuss individual cases, but what I can say is that Loyola University Chicago will not tolerate sexual harassment by or of its students, faculty, or employees,” Hughes said in the statement.

The Loyola Phoenix, the student newspaper, first reported on the complaints against Fiorentino in its Wednesday issue.

According to the paper, two female students who worked for Fiorentino filed sexual harassment complaints against him last summer and he was placed on leave shortly thereafter. Fiorentino allegedly made sexual and romantic advances toward the women while he was alone with them, the paper said.

Hughes declined to give any other details on the cases.

“He’s not commenting, no one’s commenting, and that statement is the only confirmation we have regarding it,” Hughes said.

Fiorentino and other faculty members in the Department for Fine and Performing Arts did not immediately return calls seeking comment.



Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.