A college professor, who was once fired for sexually harassing students, is now working at the University of South Dakota.
Robin Ammon, who now goes by the name Robert Ammon, is working in the department of Kinesiology and Sports Management at USD.
Before he was hired by USD, Ammon worked sports management at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
KELOLAND News has learned that Ammon was fired from his job in 2010 after he made disparaging remarks to some of his students while on a trip to Spain.
According to court papers, while sitting at a bar, Ammon asked each of his students how many sexual partners they have had.
He told them he had over 100, five of them after he was married.
Slippery Rock University fired Ammon in July of that year.
Ammon had been disciplined for similar behavior back in 2006.
He’s been working at USD since 2011. I reached out to the University and asked them if they knew about Ammon’s past? They issued a statement that reads in part:
“The University of South Dakota is fully committed to providing a safe and welcoming academic environment for all students. While we generally refrain from commenting on personnel matters, Mr. Ammon’s dismissal from his previous university is public record, and he has given us permission to speak about his hiring at USD
When USD considered hiring Mr. Ammon in 2011 we thoroughly investigated his previous termination and his background. We were satisfied that he took steps to correct the problem he was having with alcohol. His record of improvement included months of mental health treatment and no further drinking.
We believe that Mr. Ammon regretted his mistakes, took steps to correct his behavior, and that he could still be an asset to USD. Under no circumstances would USD hire a faculty member it believed to be a risk to students, staff or other faculty members. Throughout his time at USD Mr. Ammon has done well as a professor and was approved for tenure by the faculty and administration. In addition to his role as chair of the Division of Kinesiology and Sport Management, he also chairs the University Senate.”