On July 25, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson issued her order. This is summarized in the article in the Arizona Daily Star dated September 18, 2016. The original article , including the judge's order can be accessed at the end of the article at http://tucson.com/news/local/education/pima-college-boss-violated-civil-rights-of-ex-employee-judge/article_78f4f548-026d-5e6b-a7e9-9f0a366772ef.html or you can read the Judge's order of July 25, 2016 here.
A follow-up article appeared in the Arizona Daily Star dated September 23, 2016. The original article can be accessed at http://tucson.com/news/local/education/college/pcc-board-backs-lambert-but-discipline-could-follow-court-case/article_e87445d9-12f1-5645-a6ae-c6f121cd9db1.html
What does Judge Jorgenson’s ruling do for employees at Pima Community College?
If you have any disciplinary or employment related hearing, first, read the College Employee Policy Statement. Make sure that all the steps in the procedure are followed.
Pima Community College has been on academic probation since April 6, 2013 by the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission as a result of a report that faulted the ethics and competence of college executives and Board members. Read the article from the Arizona Daily Star.
Read the Report from the HLC
The article, along with the HLC report can be accessed at http://tucson.com/news/local/education/pima-community-college-slapped-with-years-of-probation/article_c632881d-944b-53cc-9734-4e1937422c5c.html
In 2015, the college was removed from Probation and placed On Notice by the HLC. This is a lesser form of probation status.
On September 26-27, 2016, a team from the HLC visited Pima Community College to review the On Notice status. The team met with a well orchestrated set of forums at the college. Here is information about a forum with C-FAIRR, a community group that is concerned with affairs at the college and what was supposed to be a Community Forum. There is also an article in the Arizona Daily Star
On October 12, 2016, Chancellor Lee Lambert wrote an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star. Unfortunately, Chancellor Lambert has never mentioned that in the HLC's original investigation of PCC, in 2013, while harsh in its criticism of the school's top executives and Board of Governors, found no fault with the quality of the college's academic programs despite the turmoil at the top.
The results of the HLC visit will be published in 2017.
What Happened in 2011?
Recent news articles in the Aztec Press, about me, kept referring to events from 2011. These articles are:
On November 21, a final settlement in this case was signed by Chancellor Lee Lambert and PCC Governing Board chairman Mark Hanna. An summary article appeared in the December 9, 2016 issue of the Arizona Daily Star.
My case was not unique. The "normal" procedure at PCC, in dealing with someone the administration did not agree with was to make the individual's life so miserable with inflated and false accusations that they would just leave the college. In my case, there was no documentation, so I chose to fight the administration. To further show the administration's tactics, see the article:
Second judge finds Lambert violated PCC employee's civil rights
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