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Former Vatican Ambassador and Catholic Prof. Miguel Diaz Faces Sexual Harassment Claim

A 2013 investigation conducted by the University of Dayton “found ‘reasonable cause’ to believe” that former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz sexually harassed a married couple while working as a professor at the Ohio Catholic university, according to Catholic News Agency.

Inside Higher Ed first brought the allegations to light when it published letters from the University’s provost and general counsel concerning the alleged victims who were fellow professors at Dayton.

A letter dated from July 2014 from provost Joseph Saliba reportedly said there was reasonable cause to believe that Diaz engaged in “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, particularly after being told to stop.”

Saliba’s letter also reportedly stated that the University is “very concerned about any behavior that appears to be inconsistent with our Marianist values.”

A separate letter from the University’s general counsel concerning the investigation reportedly stated that there was reasonable cause to believe Diaz’s conduct “constituted sexual harassment that created an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.”

Diaz, who served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the Vatican from 2009-2012, has reportedly accepted a new position at Loyola University Chicago as a professor of theology.  He is married with four children.

A Dayton spokesperson told Inside Higher Ed that, “the University of Dayton was not contacted by anyone from Loyola about Dr. Diaz’s new position.”

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