After being sentenced to five years of probation for using his phone to take photos up a colleague’s skirt, psychology professor Jason Williams is no longer employed at Cal Poly as of Friday, Sept. 20.

Jason was suspended immediately after the university learned of the incident in May 2018, university spokesperson Matt Lazier wrote in an email to Mustang News. He had been on paid leave until Friday.

Jason is in process of appealing his termination, Lazier wrote.

Cal Poly conducted their own investigative process outside of the District Attorney’s Office as prescribed by California State University (CSU) executive order and CSU executive collective bargaining agreements.

“These processes are detailed and can be lengthy, but the university is mandated to adhere to them,” Lazier wrote.

As a result, Jason was terminated.

The incident

Survivor and psychology lecturer Kendra Williams said Jason stood behind her in the department mailroom and initiated small talk with her. After she turned to check her mail, Kendra said she saw Jason pointing his cell phone up her skirt and taking photos of her body with the flash on.

Kendra said she confronted Jason after seeing him upskirting her, and he was arrested.

In addition to probation, court documents show officials have the right to search Jason’s electronic devices and his residence. He was also fined $221.

Jason had been employed at Cal Poly since 2008 as an assistant professor of psychology.

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