College Professor Calls Police on Student Who Put Her Feet Up in Class

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 15, 2018US News

A college professor apparently called the police on a student who put her feet up in class and wasn’t being civil.

The incident happened at the University of Texas at San Antonio on Nov. 12.

A student at the university, Apurva Rawal, shared video footage of two police officers in a lecture hall, writing: “So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil.”

Another Twitter user claimed to be the student who was allegedly not civil. “Upon entering class I was told I needed to leave or would be escorted out by officers, I never disobeyed the student code of conduct. Not once. A police report is being filed atm[at the moment], this is just the beginning,” she wrote. Students in the class later identified the girl as Paige in a joint statement they released.

Rawal said that the previous class, “This professor went on a whole tirade about how uncivil we all were because a few students were on their phone or not paying attention.”

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Police officers were called to the University of Texas at San Antonio on Nov. 12, 2018. (Apurva Rawal via Storyful)

University Releases Statement

The state university, which has around 31,000 students, released a statement regarding the incident.

“We are concerned by what the video shows and have initiated multiple investigations into the matter,” the college said.

“Both the student and the professor have separately met with university officials. The professor will remain out of classroom for the remainder of the week and the student has been offered multiple options for continuing her studies while the investigations continue. Once they are completed next week, appropriate final action will be determined.”

UTSA President Taylor Eighmy has announced the outcome of the investigations into Monday’s classroom incident. Read his message to the campus community here. #UTSA

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎UTSA – The University of Texas at San Antonio‎‏ في الأربعاء، ١٤ نوفمبر ٢٠١٨

University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy said on Nov. 14 that the investigations concluded that racial bias was not a factor in what happened. That assessment was based primarily on the opinion of the student involved.

He also said that the professor failed to manage her classroom and displayed poor judgment but that the circumstances aren’t severe enough to warrant firing her.

Eighmy said that the professor would undergo classroom management training and not return to her class for the rest of the semester.

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