The University of recent Hampshire tried to fire a professor who exposed himself to some mother and daughter in \’09, but a ruling by an arbitrator means that Edward Larkin could keep his job, writes Lauren Leamanczyk at WBZ-TV.
Larkin admitted to exposing himself to some mother and her daughter inside a grocery store parking area in Milford, Nh and was found guilty of the felony in 2009.
And after the University vowed to not let Larkin back in the classroom, the arbitrator\’s decision to secure his position has caused community outrage.
\”I think it\’s disgusting,\” said a shopper at the Milford Market Basket.
\”I pay his salary and that is wrong.\”
The decision looks like it\’s based on a line within the contract with the UNH Professor\’s union that states a professor has to show \”moral delinquencies of a grave nature\” to be fired.
The arbitrator obviously didn\’t find that Larkin\’s behavior met that standard.
Union President Deanna Wood appealed the choice, saying that Larkin was convicted of a misdemeanor, served his punishment also it was a first offense.
\”If you utilize state law as a benchmark it was not moral lack of a grave order,\” she told WBZ-TV.
But this view is not common. Law enforcement chief who investigated the case was said to be furious using the ruling.
\”I was absolutely appalled,\” said Milford Police Chief Fred Douglass. Douglass doesn\’t believe whatsoever that what went down in the grocery store parking lot was any sort of accident and sees it as a very serious crime.
Douglass says he respects the arbitrator\’s decision but he would never allow a worker back if they did what Larkin confessed to, writes Leamanczyk.
\”I can\’t suppose society would accept this type of behavior and continue employing an employee that committed such an act,\” he explained.
The University of recent Hampshire issued an argument saying they\’re \”disappointed\” by the decision.
\”The president and also the provost believe that Larkin\’s behavior constituted \’moral delinquency of a grave order,\’ which is stipulated as grounds for dismissal within the faculty contract and, in fact, that his actions fell far lacking expectations for just about any university employee,\” the statement read.
Larkin happens to be on unpaid leave. He\’s now set revisit work in Spring 2012.