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University Fires Professor Who Had Sex in Public With a Student

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Former Art Professor James Barsness displays his work. (Photo provided by Examiner.com, Lamar Dodd School of Art)

The University of Georgia's (UGA) Board of Regents last week upheld the firing of a professor who had sex in public with a student under his immediate supervision.

James Barsness Former Art Professor James Barsness displays his work. (Photo provided by Examiner.com, Lamar Dodd School of Art)

On Wednesday, the regents voted to affirm a decision made by former UGA President Michael Adams to terminate Art Professor James Barsness.

"Upon review I have determined that public sex with a student under one's direction and control in a UGA program merits termination. It is my judgment that the charges were sustained and that your employment relationship with UGA, including tenure, should be terminated as of this date," Adams wrote on May 13.

According to the Athens Patch, an intoxicated Barsness had sex with a UGA student during a May trip to Costa Rica. Several other students reportedly saw the sexual encounter and it is said to have caused "substantial disruption" throughout the rest of the trip.

Barsness also reportedly told the student he had sex with not to tell others, out of fear he would lose his job.

His fears indeed became a reality on Wednesday.

(H/T: Athens Patch)

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