UPDATE: Univ clears prof who assigned anti-gun posters without conducting promised investigation
University officials at Midwestern State University (MSU) have concluded their “investigation” into a professor who allegedly forced her students to create pro gun-control propaganda.
The so-called investigation, however, was apparently concluded without consulting the student who filed the initial complaint, Campus Reform has learned.
The school’s public affairs office fired off an email moments before closing on Wednesday announcing Prof. Jennifer Yucus had been cleared of accusations of wrongdoing.
"It is the opinion of the administration that this issue has been resolved satisfactorily and with the professor’s full cooperation,” read the statement.
The student, who filed the complaint, told Campus Reform on Wednesday evening he had never been contacted by university officials regarding his complaint.
The student spoke with Campus Reform on a condition of anonymity because he remains enrolled at MSU.
“No, I was never contacted,” the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Campus Reform in an exclusive interview.
According to the press release issued by MSU, Yucus offered an alternative assignment to students who felt uncomfortable producing anti-gun posters. However, the initial complaint filed by the student said no such alternative was offered.
“I have been made aware since she claimed to have offered an ‘alternative assignment’ for those unwilling to participate, but I have no memory of that,” read the complaint filed last Thursday and obtained by Campus Reform. “As of this writing, I have conferred with one classmate who also has no such memory.”
It appears that university officials never met with students in the class, despite telling Campus Reform last Friday that the first step was to meet with the student who filed the complaint.
At the time of publication, MSU officials have not returned multiple requests for comment to Campus Reform. It also appears they have declined interviews with local media outlets.
The university also claims the anti-gun posters were “not intended to promote a specific political point of view,” despite being posted on a now deleted anti-gun Facebook page and linking to an anti-gun online petition.
As reported earlier, it appears professor Yucus may have violated a Texas statute that prohibits state employees from using their authority to further a political agenda.
“A state officer or employee may not use official authority… to interfere with or affect the result of an election or nomination of a candidate or to achieve any other political purpose,” reads subsection C of 556.004 of Government Code, Title 5, entitled “Open Government, Ethics.”
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