One more from the mail bag – To Dr Robinson

We must admit, when you first came to the campus, we all had hope that you would/could change the environment here so that it functioned like a well oiled machine. Either changing the attitudes of the Reaves’ Administration, or quickly replacing them. And then, we get this from one of your current staff members and our disappointment is starting to grow.

Dr. Robinson,

Thank you for the 15 minutes of hope that you gave WSSU.  We can see that you do not intend to change anything.  It seems that you are not interested in hearing from anyone below administrative lines. Are you afraid of the truth?

Your meeting with the staff was not taken well by most staff members. You did not tell us anything new.  We know that you are “glad to be the Chancellor of a great institution”.   We know you said “there is nothing to be concerned about” related to the threats made by the BOG. We know now that you have been completely taken in by Donald Reave’s administration and that you are leading his legacy.  We know that you don’t want to hear complaints or information that you will have to address. We know that you cannot answer all of the questions but we have heard enough of Brenda’s bullying nonsense, double talk.We know you speak well and command attention, but there is no action behind your words. We know that you want us to shout and sing around the campus as if WSSU is not a part of the real world (UNC System).You are not even aware of the problems that exist right now. When will you do your own assessment of the budget, advising, enrollment, hiring practices, administration, programs, faculty, and staff?  We know that you repeat what they say without investigating for yourself.   We know their words.

Instead of presenting the same verbiage that Brenda and Corey, and Randy have already stated about the BOG situation, the employees would like for you to hear what we have to say. The statement you made:”don’t come to me complaining”, turned off the staff. We know that your people, Brenda and Corey, RaVonda, Cotton, Mills, Berry,and Valentine took that statement to mean that they have license to do what they want and retaliate against the staff.  No one on this campus will talk freely to you in front of “your people”.

Unfortunately, the blog is the only source where staff and faculty can openly express their concerns.  It seems that the only way you want to communicate is through the face book where you can hide. It is the faculty and staff that will get you to your goals if you ever come up with some. Wondering what you would have to say tomorrow to faculty. Since you consider them your intellectual peers, let’s see how smart you are?

A Disappointed Staff Member

Another note from the mail bag – Seems that some people are paying attention after all….

Dr. Robinson, we suggest that you get to the bottom of this and punish those responsible.

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Wanted you to know that auditors visited Blair Hall last week and spoke with Brenda Allen about the alleged grading scam.  You should contact that office ASAP.  Obviously, WSSU administrators don’t know that changing grades is a crime in NC.

§ 14-118.2.  Assisting, etc., in obtaining academic credit by fraudulent means.
(a)        It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to assist any student, or advertise, offer or attempt to assist any student, in obtaining or in attempting to obtain, by fraudulent means, any academic credit, grade or test score, or any diploma, certificate or other instrument purporting to confer any literary, scientific, professional, technical or other degree in any course of study in any university, college, academy or other educational institution. The activity prohibited by this subsection includes, but is not limited to, preparing or advertising, offering, or attempting to prepare a term paper, thesis, or dissertation for another; impersonating or advertising, offering or attempting to impersonate another in taking or attempting to take an examination; and the giving or changing of a grade or test score or offering to give or change a grade or test score in exchange for an article of value or money.
(b)        Any person, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.  This section includes the acts of a teacher or other school official; however, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the acts of one student in assisting another student as herein defined if the former is duly registered in an educational institution in North Carolina and is subject to the disciplinary authority thereof. (1963, c. 781; 1969, c. 1224, s. 7; 1989, c. 144; 1993, c. 539, s. 63; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

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§ 14‑118.4.� Extortion.

Any person who threatens or communicates a threat or threats to another with the intention thereby wrongfully to obtain anything of value or any acquittance, advantage, or immunity is guilty of extortion and such person shall be punished as a Class F felon. (1973, c. 1032; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1, c. 179, s. 14; 1993, c. 539, s. 1184; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

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§ 14-3.  Punishment of misdemeanors, infamous offenses, offenses committed in secrecy and malice, or with deceit and intent to defraud, or with ethnic animosity.
(a)        Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), every person who shall be convicted of any misdemeanor for which no specific classification and no specific punishment is prescribed by statute shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Any misdemeanor that has a specific punishment, but is not assigned a classification by the General Assembly pursuant to law is classified as follows, based on the maximum punishment allowed by law for the offense as it existed on the effective date of Article 81B of Chapter 15A of the General Statutes:
(1)        If that maximum punishment is more than six months imprisonment, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor;
(2)        If that maximum punishment is more than 30 days but not more than six months imprisonment, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor; and
(3)        If that maximum punishment is 30 days or less imprisonment or only a fine, it is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Misdemeanors that have punishments for one or more counties or cities pursuant to a local act of the General Assembly that are different from the generally applicable punishment are classified pursuant to this subsection if not otherwise specifically classified.
(b)        If a misdemeanor offense as to which no specific punishment is prescribed be infamous, done in secrecy and malice, or with deceit and intent to defraud, the offender shall, except where the offense is a conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, be guilty of a Class H felony.
(c)        If any Class 2 or Class 3 misdemeanor is committed because of the victim’s race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin, the offender shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If any Class A1 or Class 1 misdemeanor offense is committed because of the victim’s race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin, the offender shall be guilty of a Class H felony.  (R.C., c. 34, s. 120; Code, s. 1097; Rev., s. 3293; C.S., s. 4173; 1927, c. 1; 1967, c. 1251, s. 3; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, ss. 2, 47, 48; 1981, c. 63, s. 1; c. 179, s. 14; 1991, c. 702, s. 2; 1993, c. 538, s. 7; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 2; c. 24, s. 14(b); 1995 (Reg. Sess., 1996), c. 742, s. 6; 2008-197, s. 4.1.)

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Update on the Hedgepeth Case

On March 19 several motions were ruled upon by Judge Catherine C. Eagles in the Hedgepeth Case.

First, it should be noted that after we reported on February 10, 2015 that the deck was being stacked by putting a WSSU Board member as the Judge on the case.  The Honorable Judge Loretta C. Biggs was promptly removed on Friday, February 13, 2015.  Thus, Judge Eagles ruled that the Motion to Recuse Judge Biggs was moot.  We can’t help but wonder if this injustice had not been noted and Judge Biggs had dismissed the case, as it appeared, would it had been considered moot?

The case is now going forward even though the law has released responsibility for McKenzie, Allen, and Reaves.  Essentially, they are protected and can continue their racial practices as WSSU and the state of North Carolina pays and protects them.   (Except for McKenzie as he is facing other charges from the state.) They are not liable for any of their actions and Allen remains in her position to continue her practice.  Make your concerns known.  Until the current administration releases Allen, the practice will never stop.

The case will move forward against WSSU and will be paid for by your tax dollars.  Instead of WSSU and their attorneys coming to the table, admitting the wrong, and making it right; they continue to run up the cost!  As the case progresses all of the events which occurred will become public and that will only further hurt WSSU more.

WSSUInsider is working to receive more information from the EEOC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Hedgepeth investigation.  There are numerous documents that can and will be released.   All of these documents become public record as the trial moves forward and WSSUInsider will make sure that you are kept up to date.  If WSSU does not want to settle this case, it is our duty to make sure the full truth is made known.

You can monitor the case at https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/5147189/HEDGEPETH_v_WINSTONSALEM_STATE_UNIVERSITY_et_al where all records will be posted.  We will update you on our FOIA request and will start posting evidence for the case as we receive it.

Festering at WSSU…… A response to the Feb 18th post from a WSSU Student…

The concerns from the student in the Feb. 18 post are not all that shocking in light of what is allowed to go on and fester at WSSU. The student is on point in the assertion that PWIs in the system deal with serious blights that threaten the integrity of their campuses. A case in point is the action of nearly 20 years ago when inappropriate behavior between faculty and students became such an issue that the UNC Board of Governors convened a special panel to investigate the unacceptable behavior. On August 17, 1995, local papers published an Associated Press article that began with the following:  “Recent scandals over sexual relationships between students and teachers have prompted the head of the UNC System Board of Governors to appoint a special commission to investigate.” The scandals referenced in the article were at UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of the Arts. As the student points out, these situations were addressed and dealt with as the serious situations they were. Sadly, the student is wiser than he or she knows and is probably right to be concerned about WSSU’s handling of such issues. In fact, not many decisions seem to be made in favor of what is best for students. Consider the debacle of Brenda Allen’s so-called gen ed reform or the untold damage Kathy Stitts and UCaLL have done to legions of students since she was undeservedly thrust upon the university. Need we go on?  The longer Chancellor Robinson keeps the WSSU Band of Bullies in place around him, sewage such as this student reveals will continue to pile up and seep under his door.
The chair of the Board of Governors in 1995 said that sexual harassment and sexual misconduct would not be tolerated in the UNC System. He called for a policy that would clearly define punishment for faculty who involved in sexual misconduct. He further pointed out that a policy was already in existence that could result in the firing or suspension of professors guilty of such conduct and deemed “unfit to continue as a member of the faculty.” Hopefully, this policy is still in place and applies to PWIs and HBCUs alike.

And, here’s to you, Dr Robinson……

As a faculty member, I see nothing different in the university’s direction.  The faculty and staff are not receiving official information from the chancellor. Many say they cannot get past the administrative staff to speak to him.  Who’s blocking the communication between the chancellor and the faculty?

Is the administration continuing Reaves’ Agenda? It certainly appears the Dr. Allen is continuing her bid for the chancellorship. The Board of Governors played a cruel joke on WSSU by installing Reaves and his administration.  The WSSU Board of Trustees following Dr. Burke’s orders named a building for Reaves and gave him an honorary degree. Tom Ross allowed Reaves to operate outside of policies and state laws.For 7.5 years the BOT, Dalton-Rann, Reaves, Allen, The Dean, Mills, Berry, and Valentine used WSSU to achieve their personal agendas.

The university, alumni, students, parents reaped the results of this political maneuvering. One result was a 15% (2010-2013) decrease in the enrollment resulting in decrease state funding according to federal data http://www.wral.com/-fightingtosurvive-nc-hbcus-struggle-with-finances-enrollment. WSSU is left with the possibility of experiencing the same situation as Elizabeth City.A legislative budget committee recommended closure of Elizabeth City State due to a 27% drop in enrollment and called for closure of any UNC campus that drops 20%in its enrollment.

In view of WSSU’s decreased enrollment in fall 2014WSSUmay face this threat during this years’ budget period.  The university can only expect to see a further decrease in enrollment.  Allen was instrumental in closing the graduate school, weekend and evening programs. Under her leadership the number of nursing outreach programs decreased and online programs and courses has not kept pace with competitors. The enrollment management department disappeared causing a severe decrease in recruitment.

Reaves was chosen for his inability to lead a university. Let’s hope that the Board of Governors has not played another trick on WSSU.  Dr. Robinson you said you came here to lead and not follow. If you aren’t careful you will be leading Donald Reaves’ agenda.

Another note from the mail bag…

SHAME on WSSU Faculty Senate and Senate President Ludovic Kovalik for proposing a resolution to support UNC President Tom Ross. Faculty members know that Provost Brenda Allen and Dean Corey Walker initiated this resolution. Tom Ross has operated a dual system of governance by ignoring problems at HBCUs.  Elizabeth City University, WSSU and other HBCUs in this state have been ravaged by administrators and Board of Trustees Ross did not hold accountable for their actions.  There are MANY HBCU faculty and staff who have contacted Ross regarding problems and each time Ross and Thomas Shannahan proved their allegiance to HBCU administrators.

Had Ross acted properly, Shira Hedgpeth’s lawsuit, several EEOC complaints and DOJ investigations of WSSU would not have been filed or occurred.  Likewise, several faculty members have resigned and sought jobs elsewhere because of Ross’ allegiance to WSSU administrators (Reaves, Allen, Walker).  WSSU Faculty Senate and Kovalik were silent when foreign faculty requested assistance after WSSU withdrew their H-1B visa applications and either fired them or attempted to do so. The Senate was silent when WSSU CIO was accused of misappropriating funds and permitted to resign without facing criminal charges.  The Senate has not questioned the financial instability at WSSU which resulted in an inability to fund scholarships and the university’s strategic plan. They were also silent when told that Dr. Cedric Bass claimed publication of his dissertation in his tenure portfolio and was granted tenure and promotion even though his dissertation was never published.  Yet Dr. Olethia Davis was suspended and is now MIA because WSSU administration accused her of claiming publication of her dissertation.  A Google book search of Davis’ dissertation proves publication by Louisiana State University (https://books.google.com/books?id=4L9FNwAACAAJ&dq=olethia+davis&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6QzuVKWtE6G_sQT44ILgAQ&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAQ).  Bass has absolutely no proof of publication of his dissertation and was not required to provide such proof.  If anyone has Davis’ contact, we know attorneys willing to file that multi-million dollar lawsuit on her behalf!!!

We encourage Chancellor Robinson to rid his administration of persons who oppose him and his efforts to change the status quo.  We caution him of the coming of the Ides of March!!!

—-Copy of Resolution—-

Winston-Salem State University Faculty Resolution Regarding the
Transition in Leadership and Direction of the UNC System

Whereas:
Chairman John Fennebresque of the UNC System Board of Governors (BOG) in his press conference on 16th of January, 2015 suggested the need for a “transition in leadership” of the UNC system to move the University in new directions; and

Whereas:
The stated need for transition required the decision to replace Tom Ross as President of the University of North Carolina System; and

Whereas:
The Winston-Salem State University Faculty has observed President Tom Ross to exhibit exemplary, visionary and inclusive leadership of the UNC System; and,

Whereas:
President Tom Ross continues to lead the UNC System in the best interests of the University and the people of the State of North Carolina, in a manner that:

• Ensures access to the University system to all qualified students; and
• Provides higher education to North Carolina’s citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, in a manner that is “as free as practicable,” by developing and protecting financial aid and tuition structures; and
• Attracts and retains the best faculty and staff for all UNC campuses; and
• Builds a strong leadership team at the UNC General Administration that works effectively with the BOG to develop and support the capacity of individual campuses to fulfill their missions in the context of the system; and
• Effectively manages the system’s complex budget during a period of drastically decreasing budgets; and
• Strengthens campus leadership by selecting Chancellors committed to academic excellence and the respective missions of the system’s diverse campuses; and
• Promotes a comprehensive liberal arts based education that prepares students for careers and lifelong learning; and

Whereas:
The Winston-Salem State University Faculty Senate is deeply concerned that the unexpected decision to replace an acknowledged, highly effective system leader will diminish the opportunities to attract and retain strong, effective and visionary leaders at all levels of the University system;

Therefore Be It Resolved:
That the Winston-Salem State University Faculty expresses its most sincere thanks and highest respect for the exemplary work and leadership of President Tom Ross; and,

Be It Further Resolved:
That the Winston-Salem State University Faculty strongly endorses the manner in which President Tom Ross continues to lead the University of North Carolina System; and

Be It Further Resolved:
That the Winston-Salem State University Faculty calls upon the Board of Governors to articulate the rationale for their stated need for a “transition in leadership,” a transition that implies a change in direction that has neither been discussed nor vetted with campus leadership, faculty, or the people of North Carolina.