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Where is Marshall getting their teachers?

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 00:03

A graduate teaching assistant was arrested during his class Tuesday, on two counts of child pornography. This makes the third Marshall University faculty member to be arrested this school year.

The first professor to be arrested was a math professor who was arrested for the sexual assault of a minor in August.

The second case involved an adjunct journalism professor who was arrested for creating fake vehicle registration and inspection stickers in November.

Something must be in the Huntington water to cause three instructors in one academic year to be arrested. A situation like this is almost unheard of.

What has caused this to happen?
Why does the university not do background checks on employees? Sounds like a pretty standard thing to do, especially at a university.

The professor arrested Wednesday had been under investigation for child pornography since July, and that is information that would have been made known to the administration if background checks were performed on potential employees.

These charges are not things that should be overlooked when hiring new employees, for any company, but especially not for a position that deals with several other people on a daily basis.

Marshall University needs to make sure its employees are not hiding anything before they are hired. Background checks are among the most effective ways to do that.

Sometimes, blind trust gets the best of people, which is obviously the case with three staff members getting arrested in the course of seven months. Something is up, and it desperately needs to be addressed.

Let us tell the administration that background checks are important, and we want them for the people providing us with an education.

It is worth the extra effort to make sure more instructors are not arrested, especially in such a short period of time, and we must make sure the students at this institution are provided with an education not interrupted by crime committing adults.


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