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Terminated CL gains reinstatement

Nov. 17, 2010

By Sara Tirrito
Staff Writer

One week after he was sent an official letter of terminated employment from Campus Living and Learning, Jeremy Goss will be reinstated to his position as a community leader in the Honors Residential College, a source close to the situation said.

In an e-mail to The Baylor Lariat, Dr. Kevin Jackson, vice president for student life, said he could not confirm Goss' reinstatement.

"Privacy laws prohibit our responding specifically to your question," Jackson wrote. "I can tell you that the University has in place processes that permit a thorough review of a variety of decisions concerning our students, and I believe that our processes were sufficient in addressing a range of issues pertaining to this matter."

Jeff Doyle, dean for student learning and engagement, also declined to confirm Goss' reinstatement and e-mailed the Lariat with the same response that Jackson provided.

"Privacy laws prohibit my responding specifically to your question. I can tell you that the University has in place processes that permit a thorough review of a variety of decisions concerning our students and I believe that our processes were sufficient in addressing a range of issues pertaining to this matter," Doyle wrote.

Lori Fogleman, director of media relations, said Goss is still an employee of the university.

As reported by the Lariat on Thursday, Goss was terminated because he copied student photos from the Baylor online directory and posted them on a website to accompany a game played by residents of the HRC.

The game, Assassins, is one in which each player is assigned another player to "eliminate," and the last player alive is the winner. Goss' website contained each player's contact information and a black and white version of their Baylor ID photo so that players could identify their targets.

Although Goss will be reinstated as a community leader in the Honors Residential College after Thanksgiving, he has been demoted from his position as a senior community leader, the source said.

Whitney junior and HRC resident Josh Jeffrey said he felt like justice was served through the decision to reinstate Goss.

"Jeremy's firing seemed to all of us to be the wrong thing, to be based on bad reasons, and we're just really glad to have him back," Jeffrey said. "He's always been a really huge part of this community. Without him here it really wouldn't have felt like the HRC anymore, so we're just really glad that CL&L has been willing to listen to the voice of the students."

Dr. Thomas Hibbs, dean of the Honors College, declined to comment on Goss' reinstatement. Megan Witherspoon, director of the Honors Residential College, referred the Lariat to Terri Garrett, director of Campus Living and Learning, and Doyle. Garrett could not be reached as of press time.