Case lingers after report found ETSU professor created hostile environment for student he dated

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It’s been eight months since an investigation found an East Tennessee State University (ETSU) professor created a hostile environment and retaliated against a student he dated.

As of February, there’s still no resolution in the case.

ETSU Associate Professor and Accountancy Department Assistant Chair Dr. Anthony Masino appealed the ruling in June.

Masino has previously denied those allegations of creating a hostile environment and retaliating against the student he dated.

ETSU officials said he’s not teaching any classes and he’s not being paid.

“The referenced individual is not in the classroom in the spring, nor was he in the classroom in the fall,” ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland said.

The case has remained unresolved since Masino formally appealed in June.

“That is an ongoing personnel matter and I’m not in a position to discuss an ongoing personnel matter,” Noland said.

News Channel 11 has learned Masino has a new legal counsel in his case.

News Channel 11 reached out to his new attorney, but have yet to hear back.

In an interview, last May, Masino’s former attorney Don Spurrell said the relationship lasted roughly a year before Masino broke it off.

The bad break is what Spurrell believes prompted the student’s harassment complaint.

“I can understand why he would be admonished for having, for having let his guard down,” Spurrell said.

In Masino’s formal appeal, he called the investigation report bias.

He said it was retaliation against him by ETSU legal counsel because he previously pointed out their unethical and questionable behavior.

Masino criticized investigators for failing to include documentation of his restraining order against his former student.

He requested an investigation be done by an independent party.

It’s unclear if that has happened, ETSU Chief Communications Officer Joe Smith said the university couldn’t offer further comment. 

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