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Lehigh University names professor in sexual misconduct allegation

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh University announced Tuesday Dr. James Braxton Peterson unconditionally resigned his position prior to a formal decision by the Provost regarding allegations of sexual misconduct.

Peterson was the Director of Africana Studies and an English professor at Lehigh.

The university was made aware of these allegations in early November and at that time Peterson was placed on paid leave and not permitted on campus.

Lehigh conducted an investigation regarding the allegations of misconduct made by multiple individuals against the professor. University policy says the Provost is to then decide what action is to be taken based on the information collected.

Although Peterson's resignation made 'disciplinary action moot' before the Provost submitted the formal decision, the Provost still determined there was a sufficient cause to initiate the process that could result in revocation of tenure and employment termination. 

The university says it affirms its commitment to providing a campus environment where all of its members feel supported and safe. 

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