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Then, about five months later in May, she received a letter from the office saying that while her claims had been substantiated by further investigation, it was still being referred to the office's interim director "for determination as to whether or not these findings rise of the level of a policy violation," the lawsuit alleges.

In July, Kenwick received another letter from the office, and this time it included claims that Guerrero made.

A graduate student at the University of Southern California has accused her former professor and advisor of making sexual advances — including throwing himself at her and trying to force a kiss inside a Seattle hotel room — in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that alleges the university kept the professor on staff after investigating and finding the student's claims to be truthful.

In the suit, Karissa Fenwick, 34, alleges her dissertation advisor and mentor at USC's School of Social Work, Erick Guerrero, repeatedly made unwelcome advances toward her, once describing a "sexual tension" between them as well as putting his arms around her to force his lips onto hers, according to court records.

Another alleged victim of Guerrero, described in the suit as "Student X," told of the associate professor making comments about her body, putting his arms around her before asking about her dating life, and inviting her to go to the opera with him in a call to her cell phone, court records state.

He once told the student's boyfriend at a university dinner event, "You have good taste, and I’m not talking about your plate of food." That student also told another professor about Guerrero but the university never made a legitimate investigation into any of the student's claims, according to the lawsuit.

"If you sexually assault a person in a hotel room, you should be fired," Fenwick's attorney, John Winer, said at a news conference.

The lawsuit details Guerrero making sexual comments about students' bodies, offering unwelcome invites to dinner and other outings and physically touching students.

In an LA Times article of October 22, UCLA psychology prof, Paul Abramson strongly comes out against bans on student-professor relationships.

Student X experienced the unwelcome sexual advances from Guerrero beginning in 2011 and Fenwick said the advances went on from at least 2015 until January 2017, according to the lawsuit.

Guerrero's advances toward Fenwick went from inappropriate comments, like saying stairs would be good for her butt, to an incident in January 2017 when he actually became physically aggressive with her, the suit alleges.

Along with suing Guerrero, the suit also names the university itself as a defendant.

It states Fenwick received multiple letters from university officials saying they investigated her claims and found them to be truthful based on evidence and witnesses.

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"He told me that if I ever told anybody about what happened, that it would ruin both of our careers," she said through tears.