The Latest: Prominent astronomer officially steps down

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Posted: Oct 14, 2015 5:08 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on the resignation of a prominent astronomer accused of sexually harassing female students at UC Berkeley (all times are local):

2:07 p.m.

The University of California, Berkeley, says it has accepted the resignation of a prominent astronomer after an investigation found he sexually harassed female students.

A statement from Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele says professor Geoff Marcy resigned Wednesday. The statement called Marcy's conduct "contemptible and inexcusable."

The university has not released details of a six-month investigation into one of the world's leading experts on planets outside the Earth's solar system. It found he violated the campus' sexual harassment policies.

The inquiry that ended in June stemmed from complaints from former students and involved incidents dating as far back as 2001.

An email to Marcy wasn't immediately returned. He apologized last week.

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12:51 p.m.

A senior administration official at the University of California, Berkeley, says a prominent astronomer is resigning from the school after an investigation found he sexually harassed female students.

The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about professor Geoffrey Marcy's resignation until the process is complete.

The university hasn't released details of the investigation into Marcy that found he violated the campus' sexual harassment policies. Officials say the inquiry stemmed from complaints from former students and involved incidents dating as far back as 2001.

An email to Marcy, one of the world's leading experts on planets outside Earth's solar system, wasn't immediately returned. He apologized last week.

The university has faced growing pressure to fire Marcy.

The investigation and the nature of the complaints was first were reported by BuzzFeed News.