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Caltech professor resigns after investigation finds he harassed female grad students

 (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Caltech astrophysics professor found by an internal investigation to have harassed two female graduate students has resigned, the university announced.

Christian Ott, who campus officials determined committed “unambiguous gender-based harassment” of the students, will resign effective Dec. 31, Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Provost Edward M. Stolper wrote in a letter to students and faculty on Tuesday.

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