Statement Regarding Allegations of Employee Misconduct at William Peace University

Apr 5, 2019

The administration at William Peace University has been actively investigating allegations of misconduct by an employee.

During the fall of 2018, upon receiving details regarding rumors of an employee engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student, the administration immediately launched an internal investigation. Throughout the investigation, all subjects, including the student rumored to be involved with the employee, denied involvement in inappropriate relationships. This spring, speculation continued regarding the alleged relationship in question, and the University retained an independent investigator to conduct a second investigation.

The investigative team was scheduled to meet with administration on Wednesday, April 3, to review the status of the investigation.

Prior to the scheduled meeting, on Tuesday, April 2, the employee in question resigned.

The administration met with investigators as scheduled. Because this is a sensitive personnel matter and to protect student privacy, we are not at liberty to disclose any further information. William Peace University takes these matters very seriously, and as always, we encourage students and employees to come forward to administration with any concerns*.

The safety and wellbeing of our community is paramount. We expect all faculty and staff to uphold the highest ethical standards, and respect and integrity are chief among these.

*For Students, Faculty & Staff Regarding Grievances & Concerns

There are many ways students, faculty and staff can submit a grievance or concern for misconduct. Students can submit a grievance form or reach out directly to Human Resources or Student Life staff. Faculty and staff may reach out directly to Human Resources or follow the Whistleblower Hotline and Procedures as outlined in the employee handbook.

For detailed information on formal and informal grievances and ways to submit them, students should refer to pages 46-47 in the student handbook. Faculty and staff should refer to pages 50 and 54 of the employee handbook.

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