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USU Music Professor Resigns After Yearslong Internal Investigation

A Utah State University music professor who was under investigation for allegedly raping an underage student nearly 30 years ago has resigned from his position as part of an agreement with the university.

Dennis Hirst, associate professor of music, submitted his resignation from USU on June 30 as opposed to having sanctions imposed on him, USU spokesperson Amanda DeRito told the newspaper on Wednesday.


Hirst had been under a USU investigation — and working from home — since the fall of 2018, when the school learned that Jaime Caliendo, a Cache Valley resident and former USU music student, filed a civil lawsuit against him in 1st District Court. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.