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UMD department head steps down after hostile environment complaints

DULUTH, MN-- The head of UMD's embattled mathematics and statistics department is stepping down after complaints found a hostile work environment against women in the department.

James Sellars announced his decision to step down after two years leading the department.

Typically, it's a three year term.

Sellars will continue to teach at the university.

He stepped in to lead the department after the complaints of a hostile work environment, but women in the department have said nothing has changed.

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UMD says it's working to finalize new leadership. That person will be tasked with improving the culture and focusing on gender equity issues.

Bonney Bowman

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