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Wright State faculty member placed on paid leave

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Wright State Police vehicle | Photograph by Soham Parikh | The Guardian.

Professor and Director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, Kristine Scordo, was escorted off Wright State’s campus on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Scordo was placed on paid administrative leave.

According to a Wright State University Police Department (WSUPD) report, officers were called to University Hall on a Peace Officer stand by. The report states that when officers arrived, Michael Manzler, Associate General Counsel, showed officers a text message exchange between Scordo and another person.

Within the texts, there was a message that, “said something to the effect of obtaining a gun with no direct threats stated followed by laughing emoji’s from someone else and then two lengthy messages,” according to the report. 

Manzler informed police after discussing the text messages with Larry Chan, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, who said “get her out.”

Police escorted Scordo to her office to gather her belongings. While being escorted out, she requested to be briefed on the removal.

According to the report, “explained to us that it was clearly a joke because it seems like all the University does is have meetings after meetings and she can’t get any of her work done.”

The report also stated that Scordo informed the officers, “how she felt that this was all being misconstrued to fit a narrative and that she was simply tired of going to meeting after meeting and that she was meaning it as, put me out of my misery already.”

Wright State sent out an email notification around 6 p.m. on Wednesday about the situation stating, “Wright State University received a report of a potential violation of the University Violence in the Workplace policy.” Campus Police also stated they did not anticipate any further potential threat to campus safety arising from this incident.

According to university policy, workplace violence is defined as any act that results in threatened or actual harm to a person or property. Workplace violence includes but is not limited to, any physical action that harms or threatens the safety of another individual in the workplace. Any hostile, threatening or intimidating behavior that by its very nature would be interpreted by a reasonable person as an intent to cause physical harm to another individual.

The violence in the workplace policy also includes the possession of deadly weapons. A deadly weapon is any instrument, device or object capable of inflicting death, designed or specifically adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried or used as a weapon or intimidating conduct or harassment that disrupts the work environment as violations.