In a mass email and blogpost last night, Hugo Schwyzer confirmed what he told this website the day before — that he intends to resign his teaching position at Pasadena City College.
In the email, Schwyzer, who last week acknowledged multiple recent sexual relationships with students, cited “the advice of my doctors and the pressure from the public and the PCC community” as prompting the decision to quit. In the blogpost, he said merely that “I will not be returning to my teaching position at Pasadena City College, a position I have held since 1993.”
Schwyzer had previously suggested that he would use his ongoing employment at PCC as leverage in his attempt to secure a retirement agreement. Though he now says that he will “will transition into disability retirement status” at the end of his current medical leave, his application for disability retirement is apparently still pending with the state.
PCC administrators say that Schwyzer’s plans to quit will not derail the college’s investigation of his sexual misconduct. The college’s general counsel, Gail Cooper, told the PCC student newspaper yesterday that “people resign, but that doesn’t mean you don’t investigate because there are still victims.”
October 2 Update | Despite multiple reports to the contrary, Schwyzer has not yet “unequivocally and irrevocably” resigned from PCC, and the college is now moving to terminate him if he does not do so. In the wake of a DUI incident last week in which Schwyzer seriously injured a woman while under the influence of prescription drugs, the college is stepping up its efforts to remove Schwyzer from its payroll on an accelerated schedule.
In a letter dated yesterday, a college attorney informed Schwyzer that district officials consider his “recent conduct and the past conduct which [he has] revealed in [his] recent public statements and writings as grounds for termination.” Formal efforts to remove him from his position will begin, the letter said, “well before” the January 1, 2014 date that Schwyzer has announced for his intended resignation.
The letter advised Schwyzer that he can avoid removal or other disciplinary action if he “unequivocally and irrevocably” resigns.
In the second media interview that he has given since announcing his retirement from public life two days ago, Schwyzer told the Los Angeles Daily News today that although he is “guilty” and “worthy of perhaps being terminated,” he was “also a successful professor” whose “entire career is not defined by a few affairs with students.” He is asking, he said, that the college “forestall termination until December 31” — apparently because his retirement benefits will not kick in until January 1.