Professor demoted for taking nude photos of student

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio University professor who was sued after taking nude photos of a female student has been demoted, and the school has changed its policy on the practice.
The change comes two weeks after the student filed a $3 million lawsuit against the university and Larry Nighswander, who was head of the School of Visual Communication.
Nighswander is accused in the lawsuit of touching the student's breasts and making inappropriate sexual comments.
The new policy bans professors in the visual communication program from using OU students as nude models, university spokeswoman Leesa Brown said. Professors will be allowed to photograph students, but they must be clothed.
Kathy Krendl, dean of the College of Communication, sent Nighswander a letter Friday to inform him of his demotion.
Nighswander is still a professor, and professor Terry Eiler was made interim director of the department.
Nighswander did not return phone messages seeking comment left at his home and office Wednesday.
Senior Rebecca Humes filed a sexual harassment complaint against Nighswander last year, but he was cleared by the university in March. In the lawsuit, Humes accuses OU of being "deliberately indifferent" toward her complaint.
"The university will dispute that in its response to the court," Brown said. "But the situation brought to light a shortcoming that we've already acted to correct: That we did not have in place a policy giving guidelines to faculty in the use of student models in the school of visual communication."
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