Cal Poly student suing former professor over sexual harassment claims

Posted at 6:37 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 21:37:46-04

A Cal Poly student has filed a lawsuit against a former professor, accusing him of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual battery. 

The woman says that in early May 2016 she met with one of her professors, William Ausmus, in his office on campus. The lawsuit alleges that Ausmus questioned her about sex, drugs and alcohol, told her to take off her sweater, and touched her thigh in an inappropriate manner.

If she did not do what he instructed, the student claims Ausmus told her she would fail his class and be kicked out of her sorority. 

The lawsuit also alleges Cal Poly knew Ausmus had a history of sexual harassment against other students and did nothing to protect her or other girls on campus.  

Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier says the university has not yet been served with the lawsuit and has no comment at this time. Lazier did tell KSBY News that Ausmus no longer works at the university.