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Incident 9039 - Resolved

Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2003
Outcome Category: Official Warning / Reprimand
Quote: "In November and December of 2003, two students filed complaints alleging their professor made inappropriate comments of a personal or sexual nature. The professor, Matthew Taylor, denied most of the comments, said others were innocent, and said the students had approached him with personal matters. The CHR found that he had "engaged in unwelcome, inappropriate and unprofessional conduct with students." In a follow-up letter, his supervisor reiterated the university's policies and noted that he was confident no further problems would arise. Taylor remains at WSU. Top administrators took pains to argue that his case was minor in relation to some others, the incidents were a matter of some ambiguity, and said he'd been an excellent professor."

SOURCE: Shawn Vestal Staff writer. (September 3, 2006 Sunday). Assault cases confront tenure; WSU suit strains evolving policies. Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA).
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