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UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS

WHO FILED SEXUAL HARASSMENT

COMPLAINTS AGAINST A TENURED

COLLEAGUE ARE RELIEVED THE

UNIVERSITY'S PRESIDENT FIRED THE

MAN...THAT'S ACCORDING TO

THEIR ADVISOR.

TODAY HE TOLD US THEY FEEL

JUSTIFIED.

THIS, AS NATE MORABITO LEARNED,

DR.

DAVID CHAMPOUILLON PLANS ON

APPEALING HIS

TERMINATION.

DR.

CHAMPOUILLON'S ATTORNEY TOLD ME

HE WILL FORMALLY FILE AN

APPEAL WITH E-T-S-U'S BOARD OF

TRUSTEES THURSDAY.

FROM DAY ONE, HE'S MAINTAINED

HIS CLIENT HAS NEVER HARASSED

ANYONE...AND DENIED ALL

ALLEGATIONS OF INAPPROPRIATE

BEHAVIOR.

TODAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE

INTERVIEWED THE ATTORNEY ON THE

OTHER SIDE...A MAN WHO SAID HIS

CLIENTS WONDER IF E-T-S-U

COULD'VE DONE MORE TO STOP DR.

CHAMPOUILLON YEARS AGO.

NOW THAT DR.

DAVID CHAMPOUILLON IS NO LONGER

EMPLOYED BY E-T-

S-U...

(ROWLETT 20:11:37) "THEY'RE

LOOKING FORWARD."

BART ROWLETT SAYS THE TWO MUSIC

PROFESSORS HE

ADVISES ARE READY TO DEDICATE

ALL OF THEIR ENERGY TO

THEIR CAREERS AT THE UNIVERSITY

WITHOUT DISTRACTION...

(ROWLETT 20:11:22) "I WOUID SAY

RELIEVED WOULD BE A GOOD WORD

TO USE.

THEY FEEL LIKE THEY WERE GIVEN

THE OPPORTUINITY TO BE HEARD

THAT

THEIR ALLEGATIONS WERE TAKEN

SERIOUSLY."

ALTHOUGH HE SAYS HIS CLIENTS

APPLAUD THE UNIVERSITY'S

EFFORTS TO FULLY INVESTIGATE

THEIR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CONCERNS STARTING LAST FALL, HE

SAYS THEY'RE STILL LEFT

WONDERING WHAT IF.

(ROWLETT 20:11:22) "I WOULD SAY

THAT THEY FEEL IF THE UNIVERSITY

HAD

PERHAPS MAYBE TAKEN STRONGER

ACTION IN THE PAST, THEN THE

CONDUCT THAT THEY ENDURED MAY

HAVE NOT OCCURRED."

OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED

E-T-S-U STRUCK A DEAL

WITH DR.

CHAMPOUILLON IN 2010....AFTER

ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING HIS USE

OF PROFANITY, HIS TREATMENT OF

STUDENTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT

A COMMUNITY MEMBER.

THE UNIVERSITY LET HIM KEEP HIS

JOB, BUT WARNED REPEAT CONDUCT

WOULD RESULT IN TERMINATION.

ALMOST TWO YEARS LATER, E-T- S-U

COUNSELED HIM FOR

INTIMIDATING BEHAVIOR TOWARD A

COLLEAGUE.

BY 2014, UNIVERSITY RECORDS SHOW

A FACULTY MEMBER

FIRST NOTIFIED ADMINISTRATORS OF

INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL COMMENTS

AND HARASSMENT...BUT DID NOT

FILE A FORMAL

COMPLAINT...AFRAID OF

RETALIATION.

ROUGHLY A YEAR LATER, E-T-S-U

COUNSELED DR.

CHAMPOUILLON AGAIN FOR HIS

BEHAVIOR AND THEN ONE MORE

TIME IN APRIL 2016.

THE TWO FACULY MEMBERS FILED

FORMAL COMPLAINTS IN

SEPTEMBER 2016.

(NOLAND 17:48:35) "THIS IS A

CASE THAT HAS A LONG HISTORY.

I HAVE NOT BEEN PRESENT AT THE

INSTITUTION FOR THE ENTIRETY OF

THE HISTORY."

DR.

BRIAN NOLAND TOOK OVER AS E-

T-S-U PRESIDENT IN JANUARY

2012...AFTER THE SETTLEMENT, BUT

BEFORE MOST OF THE OTHER

DOCUMENTED PROBLEMS.

(MORABITO 17:48:25) IS THE

UNIVERSITY GOING TO DO ANYTHING

DIFFERENTLY IN THE FUTURE TO

PREVENT ANYTHING LIKE THIS FROM

HAPPENING? I THINK WE HAVE

PRETTY AGGRESSIVE

TRAINING EXCERCISES ACROSS

CAMPUS, WE WORK

THROUGH ELEMENTS OF PROFESSIONAL

DEVELOPMENT AT

THE BEGINNING OF EVERY ACADEMIC

YEAR."

HE SAYS THE UNIVERSITY'S

COMMITTED TO LISTENING TO ITS

EMPLOYEES WHEN THEY HAVE

CONCERNS...

(NOLAND 17:50:03) "WE HOPE WE

HAVE CREATED A CULTURE ON

CAMPUS THAT IS OPEN AND IF

ANYONE SEES ANYTHING THAT DRAWS

CONCERN, BE IT CONCERN FROM

HARASSMENT,

CONCERN FOR WASTE, FRAUD OR

ABUSE, THAT THEY STEP FORWARD

AND MAKE THEIR CONCERNS KNOWN."

AT THE LEAST, BART ROWLETT HOPES

THIS SITUATION

INSPIRES OTHERS WHO FEEL LIKE

THEY'RE VICTIMS OF HARASSMENT

TO COME FORWARD...NO MATTER

WHERE THEY WORK...

HE SAYS IT ALL STARTS WITH

EDUCATING YOURSELF ON

YOUR EMPLOYER'S HARASSMENT

REPORTING POLICY...

(ROWLETT 20:12:41) "IF THE

COMPLAINT IS NEVER MADE KNOWN,

THEN THE

EMPLOYER CAN'T EVEN MAKE AN

ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS IT." GETTING

LEGAL HELP WHEN NEEDED AND THEN

FOLLOWING

THROUGH.

NATE MORABITO, NEWS CHANNEL 11,

IN YOUR CORNER.

DR.

NOLAND TOLD US HE'S NOT AT

LIBERTY TO TALK ABOUT DETAILS OF

THE CASE, BECAUSE OF THE

EXPECTED APPEAL.

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