College Issues Statement on Faculty-Student Matter; Campus Ministry Calls for Reflection
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean Adrienne Israel issued the following statement Friday, June 10:
Guilford College recently became aware of an incident, brought forward by a student, involving associate mathematics professor Jonathan Hatch, who was accused of using a pen-like device to record inappropriate and unauthorized images of the student. Mr. Hatch, who has had a successful history with the College, resigned his position on June 3 before the College had completed its investigation.
The College community is saddened by these events and is cooperating fully with the Greensboro Police Department in its investigation. Guilford College does not condone, and will not tolerate, behavior of the type alleged. Students may report incidents of concern at any time to the Public Safety Office or the Office of Campus Life, which also provides counseling services.
Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Communications and Marketing. Contact Sara E. Butner at 336-316-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Campus Ministry issued the following statement Tuesday, June 14:
“Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other’s failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other’s lives, ready to give help and to receive it, we can be a channel for God’s love and forgiveness.” – Query #18 from Quaker Faith & Practice
How may we respond to the recent events on our campus which have impacted members of our college community? While acknowledging that there is that of God in each person, we also know that some behaviors are unacceptable in this community or any other. How do we express compassion, understanding, support, and healing in these circumstances?
The Office of Campus Ministry offers the space of the Hut for those who would want to sit in silence and contemplate our responsibilities in ensuring that Guilford College is a place of real safety and transformation. For those who desire it, we can also provide contact information for counselors able to offer a more individualized response. As is the language of this community, we hope that all may hold the College in the Light during this difficult time.