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After nine months fighting his punishment for using sexually explicit language in class, Florida State University Law Professor William McHugh withdrew his challenge to a reprimand he received from Provost Larry Abele. FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte said McHugh’s decision to end his case brings closure to a “drawn-out” disciplinary process nearly two years old. “The law school really needs to get on with its business, and that’s true of Bill as well,” D’Alemberte said. “I think the horse has been beaten pretty good,” McHugh tells the Tallahassee Democrat. The case began in June 1998, when student Wendy Stein complained McHugh used sexually explicit language in class and exposed himself to her and another student while showing them his hernia scar. Stein said as McHugh lifted his shirt on the left side and lowered his Bermuda shorts, the shorts dropped on the right side as well, exposing his penis. McHugh continues to deny he exposed himself. Abele ordered McHugh to cease “using profanity and references to body parts and sexual activities” unless it pertained to class material. Through a university spokeswoman, Abele said, “there is no anticipated change” in the assignment McHugh has held since September. McHugh writes legal education courses for online coursework in the Center for Professional Development. Had McHugh not dismissed his challenge, he could have appealed D’Alemberte’s decision to the 1st District Court of Appeal.

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