Peter Ludlow, a Northwestern University philosophy professor, resigned Monday, the school said, in the midst of a faculty committee hearing in which the school was seeking to fire him.

The termination proceedings, NU said, followed findings by a university investigation that he had engaged in sexual harassment involving two students.

Ludlow has not taught classes at Northwestern since March 2014.

University spokesman Alan Cubbage said Ludlow’s actions violated university policy and are an affront to the standards and expectations that Northwestern has for its faculty members. He added that the University regrets the pain that was caused by Ludlow’s actions. 

The accusations against Ludlow led to a series of five lawsuits filed by him and his accusers. At least some of those suits since have been dismissed.

In a statement, Cubbage said Northwestern treats sexual harassment and other types of sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness and is firmly committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty and staff.

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