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I’m afraid FERPA still limits my ability to speak about the academic record of individual students and the academic record includes disciplinary actions.
Public information includes degrees conferred. Currently, Dexter Suggs holds two degrees from Indianan Wesleyan University, the Master of Education (1997) and the Education Specialist (2010). Mr. Suggs was awarded the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in 2009 but no longer holds that degree. The change of status occurred earlier this month.
Others have asked about university process and procedure. In cases of alleged academic misconduct discovered after the conferral of a degree, a faculty panel is seated to investigate the matter. The investigation includes full due process with the graduate invited to share their understanding of the matter. The faculty review panel makes recommendation to the President. If the recommendation includes sanction of any sort the graduate is given opportunity to appeal to the President if there is any perception of lack of due process or if additional information is available and valuable. The President addresses the appeal and makes final decision regarding any action to be taken.
The Little Rock School District (LRSD) received confirmation today that Dexter Suggs no longer holds a doctoral degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement and Release, LRSD is not obligated to make any further payments to Mr. Suggs.
The payment which was due on July 1, 2015 was made in a timely manner.
...as a former provost (of a Christian college) and as someone who worked in high levels of university administration for more than 25 years, I understand the awkwardness of this situation. Dr. Suggs’ doctoral degree precedes your presidency and surely there are faculty members at Indiana Wesleyan who are affronted that their own negligence in this matter has been thrust into public view.
There are few good choices in these circumstances, but there are many bad ones. Attempting to brush the matter aside would be among the poorest choices. Indiana Wesleyan University would be engaged in poor Christian witness as well as very poor academic practice if it decided to do nothing in light of these allegations. At a minimum, a public statement acknowledging the failure of the doctoral examination committee to take notice of the plagiarism is needed. Dr. Suggs himself should be allowed to speak on his own behalf, but given the now irrefutable evidence against him, one would hope he would speak with contrition rather than blame-shifting.
... In granting a doctoral degree to Dr. Suggs, Indiana Wesleyan University gave this man public credibility as an educated expert in his field. On that basis he was appointed to positions of public trust, for which the university bears a degree of moral responsibility. You will, I am confident, do the right thing.
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