Sept. 6, 2013
University statement regarding investigation of faculty member
On Sept. 4, 2013, Northwest Missouri State University was made aware of a threat of violence made via a social media comment by an unnamed faculty member; the comment was posted on Facebook and later removed. The content of the Facebook post has been reported by several media sources.
The University Policy Department (UDP) commenced an immediate investigation to determine the identity of the unnamed faculty member. The identity of the faculty member was confirmed on Sept. 4, 2013. That same day, UPD made contact with the faculty member. The faculty member was removed from campus and placed in custody at the Nodaway County Jail on Sept. 5, 2013. On the morning of Sept. 6, 2013, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the faculty member’s residence. During the search, officers discovered a significant quantity of marijuana. The faculty member was then arrested on charges of producing and possessing a controlled substance. Media reports have correctly identified the faculty member as Matthew Rouch.
In light of the developments, the University has placed the faculty member on administrative leave pending the outcome of a University investigation to determine whether the faculty member’s conduct violated pertinent University’s policies. The University will complete its investigation as soon as possible. If the investigation determines a violation of University policy occurred, the faculty member will face discipline consistent with the University’s policies including up to termination.
Pending the outcome of the investigation, the faculty member is prohibited from entering University property. The provost and the chair of the pertinent University department are arranging for other professors to assume the faculty member’s teaching and advising duties. Consistent with practice, the University will not provide further comment on the specific details of the investigation.
The University places the utmost importance on the safety and security of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. University policies explicitly prohibit violence and threats of violence against members of the University community. University policies also explicitly prohibit employees from possessing, purchasing, manufacturing, using, selling, and/or distributing illegal drugs while on University property or as part of any University activities.
Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Mitzi Craft, vice president of university relations, at 660.562.1119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact:
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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