Posted September 08, 2018 09:16:13 A student body President of the University of Virginia has resigned over a sex scandal involving an alleged sexual assault.
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan resigned on Monday after it was revealed that she had a consensual relationship with a former student, who was the subject of a criminal investigation by Virginia State Police.
Sullivan was the first woman to lead the school since 1994, when the school was founded by the Rev. William Barber, a longtime leader in the black church.
The former student told police that Sullivan invited him to her dorm room and had sex with him in her bed in November 2016, the Times reported.
Sullivan, 41, has been under scrutiny in recent months after it emerged that she has had an affair with a man who was also her adviser and a university employee.
In March, she pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct.
In June, she was sentenced to six months in prison for a misdemeanor charge of having an improper relationship with an employee.
The university said in a statement that Sullivan is “co-chairing the task force on sexual assault prevention and supports the president’s call for a robust response to this situation.”
Sullivan was appointed in July 2016 and took over as president in September.
She has faced backlash over her handling of the sexual assault scandal.
The university said last month that it would pay her $200,000 and would also pay $50,000 in counseling for victims.