The Board of Trustees apologized to Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in a prepared statement released Monday and said that an email received by Black inviting him to be the school’s commencement speaker resulted from “an honest error.”
Former Courier adviser Warren Swil was reinstated as an instructor at the college this Spring and is teaching classes in the Courier newsroom, despite admitting to showing nude photos of himself to a student and facing a lawsuit against alleged sexual harassment and grade retaliation.
Former Courier adviser Warren Swil will be reinstated as an instructor next spring following the end of an investigation pertaining to sexual harassment and grade retaliation complaints, according to college officials.
The Faculty Association accused the administration of discriminating against Courier adviser Warren Swil by prolonging an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a student and demanded that he be returned to work in a letter sent out on Monday.
No one knows who will be advising the Courier this upcoming fall semester. Last month, the Courierâ€™s adviser, Warren Swil, was put on paid administrative leave after an official complaint citing â€œemployee misconductâ€ was made against him.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated since it was first posted Warren Swil, a journalism professor who advises the Courier was put on administrative leave on March 28, leaving the staff with the immense pressure of putting out a paper while grappling with the fact that the top story they had to investigate centered around their former adviser.
There was a feeling of apprehension in the newsroom on Thursday. Minutes before the start of class, I saw Mr. Swil, the Courier adviser, and the VAMS dean, Joe Futtner, walking away from the classroom, and their conversation looked serious. In the newsroom, people became uneasy; class was delayed and no one knew why.