Twitter reacts to Chase dean's resignation

Sam Rosenstiel

‘You have to be better than this, NKU:’ students react to investigation of Chase dean

February 24, 2018

Jeremy Scaggs, NKU class of ‘16, tweeted in response to the resignation of Chase Law Dean Jeffrey Standen after an investigation in which three women reported harassment and other aspects of a “toxic work environment.”

“You have to be better than this, @nkuedu. Don’t let this fool back on campus,” Scaggs wrote.

But Standen might not be leaving: provisions in the faculty handbook allow Standen, a tenured professor, to teach at NKU in fall. If he takes the opportunity, he will earn nearly $222,000 a year.

Scaggs told a Northerner reporter Standen should not be given paid leave or return in any capacity while there are “plenty of well-qualified law instructors who do not participate in the same disgusting behavior as Mr. Standen.”

Sophomore journalism major Noël Waltz said she feels the university’s decision has put her safety “on the backburner.”

“Demoting him to a professor position only transforms that power structure onto a new group of people,” Waltz said in a message to a Northerner reporter. “The students of NKU deserve better than this.”

Waltz said the fact that Standen could return in the fall “completely baffles” her.

Jarett Lopez, a sophomore political science major, said he would not want to take any class taught by Standen.

“The classroom should be a neutral forum where ideas can be exchanged and students can grow. If he carries that environment into the classroom then the growth of his students will be reduced,” Lopez said in a message to a Northerner reporter.

While at first he thought Standen should resign, Lopez said having Standen return as a professor would be against student interests.

“The university is signaling that the ethical and reported sexual impropriety of a staffer is to be handled with only a slap on the wrist,” Lopez said.

Scaggs said NKU has the opportunity to be a leader among Kentucky universities. But this investigation and other incidents, including the Jane Doe lawsuit which settled last year, equals lost opportunities for the university.

“Not a great look.”

Students reacted to The Northerner’s coverage of the investigation on Twitter and Facebook.

One remembered Hold That Weight, a rally for victims against sexual harassment and rape at the SU in October:

 

Others voiced frustration that Standen could return from his paid leave:

Candidates for student body president also weighed in: 

 

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