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College investigating campus critics of school’s president

Student organization says president has allowed mold, rodents to fester on campus

A private college is undertaking an investigation into critics of the school’s president, claiming that those critics have engaged in “potential slander” against the head of the school and that “legal action” may be taken against them.

The student government association of LeMoyne-Owen College recently informed the school’s board of trustees that President Andrea Miller “[retained] school employees who are relatives and [failed] to abate a mold problem in the dormitories,” the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. The student government also said that there have been “complaints of rodents” on the campus.

The school “launched a human resources investigation” following the complaints. The Commercial Appeal did not say whether or not there were more complaints being investigated other than the ones from the student government.

The school said that both disciplinary and legal consequences could result from the investigation:

Given the serious nature of the allegations, the negative impact to the College, and the potential slander against President Miller, this is to notify all faculty, staff, and students that a formal investigation through Human Resources and external legal experts has been launched. The results of this investigation will include resolution measures as well as disciplinary and legal action if appropriate.

Other issues have apparently dogged students in university housing: The dean of students was reportedly informed about some students smoking inside student dormitories, but “no action was taken,” according to the letter from the student government.

Read the report here.

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