“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” Mahatma Gandhi
Kangaroo Court: - UW Platteville proceeds with hearing despite Sabina’s illness and absence.
UW Platteville continued with the hearing session on May 25, 2017 even though Dr. Sabina Burton was absent due to severe illness. Atty Lattis claimed that Sabina had “waived” her right to a hearing but she was too sick to attend their kangaroo court and did not waive any of her rights. The hearing panel chair, Susan Hansen, seemed to believe that one day of hearing witnesses hostile to Sabina, while Sabina was too sick to attend, was sufficient “hearing” to conclude deliberations. Hmmm.
Sabina’s illness is a result of the stress she is under and the stress is a result of the unfair treatment she has been receiving. A fair hearing wouldn’t stress her much, because she has truth on her side, but the university has done much to add stress and deny her a fair hearing. Lies, forged investigation reports, violations of policy and law, denials of reasonable accommodation requests, ignored requests and the university’s “spin” seem to have all added to Sabina’s stress.
This photo was taken on 6-12-17 just prior to her endoscopy which revealed ulcers. I was not at all surprised to learn that she still has ulcers. The administration was aware of her condition but they seem to want her to die.
I believe the administration violated policy by selecting their own hand-picked panel members and chair. When confronted with this matter the administration changed their story about how the panel was “selected.” The panel chair asked the Platteville Journal to advertise that Chancellor Shields had already dismissed Dr. Burton but the Chancellor doesn’t have that authority. The Platteville Journal does not seem to have published the hearing notice. Hmmm. I wonder why not?
I believe the administration plans to give Sabina a one half-day hearing in July to address the insanely complex, numerous and false accusations against her. That is obviously not enough time. Policy says that the appeal hearing should consist of many sessions and could take several months to complete, but it seems the administration wants to get Dr. Burton fired quickly and quietly without giving her fair due process. They seem hell bent on getting this all wrapped up before school starts without giving her adequate opportunity to address the issues. They seem to be trying to run us out of money and to stress us until we give up. They seem to want Sabina’s ulcers to explode.
If the administration is successful in firing Sabina – Tenure is meaningless! If they succeed, students and faculty will continue to be targeted unfairly. If they succeed, corruption will become further entrenched, having won yet another victory. Good people need to put pressure on the UW Platteville administration to allow Dr. Burton to address all the false charges against her. Any reasonable and unbiased jury would understand that the charges are bogus and fabricated if they get the whole story.
Will the intense pressure from the administration cause the five member hearing panel to decide in favor of corruption? The hearing panel members are Dr. Susan Hansen, Dr. Abulkhair Massoom, Dr. Barbara Barnet, Dr. Sheryl Wills. The panel was hand-picked by the administration so … they may need some encouragement, from the media, politicians and other faculty members, to do the right thing. It seems Dr. Richard Bockhop filled the vacancy created when Dr. Peckham resigned from the panel (although there has been no official notification of how he was selected to sit on the panel). The panel members are probably rightly afraid that what is happening to Sabina could happen to them if they don’t do what the administration demands of them. The irony is: The hearing panel should be afraid that this could happen to them if they do what the administration demands of them. If the panel were to allow the administration to deprive Dr. Burton of her due process rights they would be setting a precedent that would make their own tenure positions even less secure than they already are. They would be shouting to other faculty members that standing up for student rights will result in your own termination. They would be telling students that their rights are not protected. They would be advocating for corruption.
Dr. Susan Hansen,
Dr. Abulkhair Massoom,
Dr. Barbara Barnet,
Dr. Sheryl Wills
Dr. Richard Bockhop
These five panel members (hand-picked by the administration) have the power to oppose corruption, the opportunity to benefit from corruption and the threat of suffering from corruption. I hope they will realize that; by opposing corruption the threat of suffering from corruption will diminish and that benefiting from corruption carries its own insidious risks.
Timeline - Public – Chronological listing of events, with commentary and evidence.
UW Platteville Chancellor Shields suspended Dr. Sabina Burton and threatens her dismissal on false charges – Because she asked Governor Walker for help, because she aided a student, because she asked for fair grievance hearings and because she speaks out against Corruption.
Background on suspension and dismissal charges:
News Articles - This series of articles gives a good background of the issues. The investigative reporter is now with another news agency and has written another article about the appeal. We hope Matt Kittle will continue writing about this story.
News media: Please help us spread this story.
“I no longer feel safe attending this University… I would highly suggest transferring to another University… many students feel the exact way I do.” – A Disappointed Student
(UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields suspended Dr. Sabina Burton and considers dismissing her because, among other bogus reasons, a student sent him this email.)
Exposed in the pages of UniversityCorruption.com:
· How crime is covered up in UW Platteville while whistleblowers are silenced
· How UW System Attorney Jennifer Sloan Lattis lies and violates laws and policies in her vendetta against Sabina
· How student victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and their advocates, are silenced
· Details of cover ups by administrators, legal professionals and employees; and how they are rewarded/protected
· Large scale Fraud, Waste and Abuse
· Dr. Sabina Burton’s heroic struggle for the safety of university students, free speech and tenure protection
· How the union’s attorney, Tim Hawks, turned against Sabina for contacting Gov Walker.
· Much more…
Donate to Sabina’s fight against corruption in the UW Platteville Criminal Justice department and her advocacy for students’ rights.
My hero, Dr. Sabina Burton -------->
Sabina’s Blog – Get updates from Sabina herself.
Audio/Video Files - Listen to these files to get a sense of what Dr. Burton is up against.
Short Stories A compilation of facts that tell stories of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, deception, conflicts of interest, abuse of power, betrayal, cover-ups, gag-orders, policy manipulation, perjury, misapplication of laws, purposeful misinterpretation of laws, fraud, waste and abuse, forgery, false accusations, power struggles, bullying, cyber-crime, physical threats, mental games, bribery, bending the law, threats against students and other forms of corruption.
Case #1 – Dr. Burton’s first case (2012-2014) was dismissed in summary judgment. It may be old news but the verdict was not fair. Sabina’s union attorney Tim Hawks sabotaged the case by excluding key information in the briefings and failed to dispute false information provided by the defense. You can be the court of public opinion.
Case #2 – Sabina filed a second lawsuit on Jan 17, 2017. This case complains that Sabina’s due process rights were violated. She asked for grievance hearings but her requests were denied, in violation of law and policy. Her due process rights were violated because she helped a student report an incident of sexual harassment and complained of retaliation. We will need $1,000 per month to pursue this case plus court expenses. Please Donate to Sabina’s fight for all our due process rights! We need your help to protect advocates of student rights.
Case #3 – Sabina expects to file a third lawsuit concerning Chancellor Dennis Shields’ decision to suspend her and process her for dismissal based on charges that she is speaking out about corruption and exercising her right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Please Donate to help Sabina fight for our First Amendment Rights!
Fighting for Sabina to keep her job – We have contracted with an attorney to help Sabina keep her job. She is good, but she doesn’t work for free. Please Donate to help Sabina keep her job! UW Platteville students need an advocate. If Sabina gets fired, who will speak up for future victims of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence? I’m sorry folks, I just teared up a bit. I have two daughters in college. One of them goes to UW Platteville. We are fighting for the tenure protections of academic freedom to be honored. If they can fire Sabina this way they can fire any tenured faculty member. Anyone could be their next target. They don’t need a reason to fire you.
Questions A list of questions that might be useful in holding the UW-Platteville administration accountable for making some needed changes. If you have any questions for me send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions for Sabina: email@example.com.
Quotes A list of quotes from various people showing lies and deception.
Support What support does Dr. Burton have? What can you do to support her?