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UPDATE: Instructor no longer works at University after CBS sexual harassment report

Jessa Reid Bolling, Assistant News Editor

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The University of Alabama placed Stephen Black, founder of an AmeriCorps program and instructor at the University, on administrative leave on Oct. 22 after he reportedly admitted to sending inappropriate text messages to an AmeriCorps member.

“Stephen Black has been placed on leave pending further evaluation of the situation arising from his prior role at Impact America,” a UA spokesperson told AL.com.

UPDATE:

According to WBRC, the University confirmed that Black is no longer employed at The University of Alabama on Wednesday, and his bio was removed from Impact America’s website.

Black, who is a prominent attorney and the grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black founded Impact America, an AmeriCorps program that connects recent college graduates with opportunities in community outreach. He has since stepped down.

Black taught three Honors courses at the University and was director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, which according to the center’s website, “seeks to assist students in developing a distinct definition of moral and civic maturity, making the values and skills of citizenship a hallmark of a UA education.”

According to a resignation letter obtained by CBS News, a young woman who is a former AmeriCorps member alleged that Black tried to pursue a romantic relationship with her and that he ignored her attempts to turn down his advances.

Black admitted that he sent inappropriate text messages to the woman, according to the report from CBS Radio News, calling it the “worst professional mistake I’ve ever made,” but denied that the messages constituted sexual harassment.  

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