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RAs terminated after 10-day investigation
By Collin Reischman
(Webster Groves, Feb. 3, 2011) John Buck, associate dean of students and director of Housing and Residential Life met with Fletcher Bohne, Chris Robinson and Tony Burgesen in his office on Jan. 24.
Bohne, Robinson and Burgesen were Residential Assistants in West Hall. Buck informed them they would no longer be employed at Webster University. Buck presented each student with a letter documenting the schools official decision as the result of a 10-day investigation conducted by Housing and Residential Life.
Citing university policy, Buck would not elaborate on the content of the investigation, but said the decision did not come easily.
“The investigation was thorough and accurate and sensitive,” Buck said. “After seeing all the evidence and talking with all the parties, there was only one decision we could make.”
Floor meetings were held in West Hall last week to discuss the matter with the students. One West Hall resident present at a floor meeting, who asked not to be identified, said that Bohne admitted that he was being disciplined for drinking alcohol on campus.
Justin Fredrick, assistant director of Housing and Residential Life, was in charge of the investigation surrounding the three RA’s, and would not comment on whether or not alcohol was involved.
“They are no longer employed here,” Fredrick said. “For privacy reasons, and for policy reasons, I cannot discuss case-by-case specifics.”
University policy stipulates that alcohol may be consumed on campus, but all students present must be of legal drinking age, and there cannot be any alcohol provided to minors. In dorms, doors must remain closed while meeting all other requirements.
While Webster’s policy states that administrators cannot disclose matters regarding student employment, students are not bound to the same requirement.
Fredrick said that a “student concern” began the investigation. A process “designed to verify job expectations, and how they were being met.”
“I’d rather not discuss the situation,” Robinson said. Bohne and Burgesen also declined to comment.
Fredrick also said that the most common complaints lodged about student conduct usually come from fellow students.
“Personally, I think our students are very good about reporting something that is truly disruptive,” Fredrick said. “I think we have an approachable staff, which makes a good support network for a student with a concern.”