English instructor Mark McQueen received a letter from the college stating that he has been found innocent of all accusations that he attacked a student, according to a union official.
However, how his reinstatement will be handled is still unclear.
“Thank you all for supporting [McQueen] with both the letter from English faculty and the FA sponsored petition,” Faculty Association President Roger Marheine said in an email Wednesday morning. “The online petition as you may know, went viral as there are over 1,650 signatures of support for Mark… I have no details to share, especially regarding his return to teaching.”
McQueen was placed on administrative leave so that the college could investigate the allegations that he attacked and punched a student on Halloween, after the incident occurred.
McQueen, who has a number of health issues, was allegedly in the hospital after the event because of stress related illness, according to Marheine.
General Counsel Gail Cooper said that McQueen had been put on paid administrative leave to protect the integrity of the investigation and the student complainant and witnesses.
A petition was created and presented at the Nov. 14 Faculty Association meeting demanding McQueen’s reinstatement. The petition stated that a student physically confronted McQueen in his English 1B during a discussion.
“A student stood up with fists clenched and approached McQueen stating ‘you are a motherf***er’ and ‘I can kick your ass,” the petition said. “McQueen raised his hand and placed it on the student’s shoulder in a defensive manner. This action in and of itself diffused the situation.”
Marheine wrote an email to Senior Vice President Robert Bell asking that the college let McQueen continue teaching right away.
“The Faculty Association is advising Professor Mark McQueen that he may return to campus immediately to attend to campus duties and responsibilities,” Marheine said. “The FA anticipates no opposition from the college.”
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