Editor's Note: UTSA President Taylor Eighmy sent this email to UTSA faculty, staff and students updating them on the investigations into Monday's classroom incident.
(Nov. 14, 2018) -- Dear Roadrunners,
I am writing with an update and final outcomes of our investigations into Monday’s classroom incident.
I have received briefings on the final reports for both investigations which are summarized below. In the spirit of full transparency, and given the national attention that this incident has drawn to UTSA, I want everyone to be very clear regarding the facts and outcomes.
As noted in my last update, the faculty member was relieved of her duties as an instructor for the remainder of the semester. She will be required to undergo classroom management training with UTSA Teaching and Learning Services, at which point she will be allowed to return to teaching for the Spring 2019 semester with ongoing monitoring.
Provost Espy has accepted Dr. Grimes’s report and outlined the support and protections UTSA is providing to the student. Dr. Grimes is working with her to ensure her academics are not impacted, and she is also receiving personal support and counsel through our Dean of Students office. I was grateful for the opportunity to have met with the student and her family today and have extended my apologies on behalf of UTSA.
Let me reiterate that the results of these investigations in no way diminish my firm commitment to the work we must do to create a more inclusive campus environment. After hearing from so many students, faculty and staff regarding their feelings of marginalization, disrespect and fear, I am more convinced than ever that this is a top priority for UTSA.
We will move forward with all the action steps I listed in my last update. In addition, Provost Espy will soon send a follow-up to update the community on some of the activities we’ve already begun to increase faculty diversity at UTSA – a key component of creating an environment welcoming to all students.
This work is urgent and must be an ongoing effort. I know UTSA can be a national model for campus inclusivity, and I am committed to providing the resources, time and attention needed to reach that goal.
This town hall will include remarks from campus leadership and a presentation of the Campus Climate survey results by Rich Boyer, founding partner of ModernThink, LLC. There will be time for faculty and staff to ask questions and learn more about how the survey data can inform strategies to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for working, teaching and research at UTSA.Virtual Event
Thematic voice recitals featuring student performances from the Recital Hall stage and live-streamed via our Facebook page.Recital Hall, 1 UTSA Circle, Main Campus
Mental Health Day is an annual campus-wide event taking place at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The event aims to bring students, faculty, and staff together to learn about the significance of taking care of their mental health.Virtual Event
The tuba and euphonium students of Gary Poffenbarger and John Caputo will perform festive pieces in the first of two recitals. More details to come. The Fall 2021 concert schedule is subject to change. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. This concert will be live-streamed via the UTSA Music Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UTSAMusicUTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
The students of Dr. Isaac Bustos and Prof. Johnny Pena will perform from the Recital Hall stage and via the Department's Facebook page.Recital Hall, 1 UTSA Circle, Main Campus
Presentation by Dr. Ainhoa Vásquez Mejías, professor and researcher from UNAM in Mexico City. It will focus on the influence of drug traffic on different areas of culture, and specifically on literature.Virtual Event
The second of two recitals featuring the tuba and euphonium students of Gary Poffenbarger and John Caputo. More details to come. The Fall 2021 concert schedule is subject to change. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. This concert will be live-streamed via the UTSA Music Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UTSAMusicUTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
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