Smith joined the university as an associate professor in July 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile, and was granted tenure in 2017. He has run a blog called “Upward Thought” since at least 2013.
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Smith is CEO of Prime Labs, a scientific software company, which is housed in a university-owned building. It is unclear how Smith’s resignation will impact the lab.
The university confirmed Smith’s resignation, but has not indicated how the resignation will impact the investigation.
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UM President Seth Bodnar has previously called Smith’s views expressed in his blog “homophobic and misogynistic” and said he was personally disgusted following the reporting by the Montana Kaimin.
“Building a culture of respect, empowerment and equity is foundational to our mission at UM as well as personally important to me,” Bodnar added.
Students on campus have organized “Fire Rob Smith” social media pages and a website since his blog was brought to light. About 150 students rallied in front of Main Hall on campus last week demanding the university fire Smith or for him to resign.