“When the potential of exposure and professional embarrassment becomes real, the propensity to engage in corruption declines.” Stephen Heyneman
Titles Mean Something - A story of the misuse of titles at UW Platteville.
August 10, 2012 - (Dkt 101-5) A city feasibility study which claims that UW Platteville will become a leader in Forensic Science, Cyber Security and Criminalistics lists Aric Dutelle at the top of a list of people involved in the program while Dr. Burton is at the bottom of the list. Also, Mr. Dutelle is listed as “Dr. Aric Dutelle.” Dutelle has a one-year online master’s degree and does not have a PhD. He should not have the title “Dr.” preceding his name.
Aug 20, 2013 – Den Herder sent an email to Throop with an attachment that seems to be a series of paragraphs to be included in the tenure letter. [ UW-P 005784] Den Herder later gave a presentation at the dinner to honor newly tenured faculty members but for some reason she “forgot” what to say about Dr. Burton so she said nothing at all. She had this document with all of Burton’s accomplishments but didn’t tell the attendees about any of it. Instead she just skipped over Dr. Burton, mentioning only her name while other tenure awardees received several minutes of accolades each. This was to minimalize Dr. Burton so people don’t know who she is.
Aug 21, 2013 09:37 AM – Dr. Burton wrote an email to Dalecki asking for emails to show that I have a PhD as does Caywood. Dalecki’s response was harsh, lengthy and unreasonable. (exhibit 518)
Oct 1, 2013 – The Staff directory page of the school website shows Dutelle as Associate Professor but me as Assistant Professor. (exhibit ZX) I believe this was an intentional act to minimize me in comparison to Dutelle. I asked Gibson to correct it. He replied “You betcha. We should be getting the New site pretty soon as well to simplify the process.” (exhibit EZZZZZI) He did not make the change and I later asked Dalecki to ask Gibson to make the change. (see Oct 10, 2013) Another example of how I have to ask twice for anything I get. By forcing me to ask repeatedly for things I deserve the administration attempts to make me look like a complainer.
Oct 10, 2013 08:49 AM – Because I complained to him Dalecki sent an email to Gibson asking him to “please update Sabina's information on our web site regarding her rank (i.e., it should be changed from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor).” (exhibit EZZZZZI-1)
Oct 22, 2014 – (exhibit 649c) On a letter concerning a sorority issue for the sorority Dr. Sabina Burton was listed as a recipient of the letter. However, she was addressed as “Ms. Sabina Burton, Advisor.” She should have the title “Dr.” in front of her name as did others in the list.
Oct 29, 2014 - (exhibit 649) On a letter concerning a judicial committee Dr. Burton was listed as a recipient of the letter. However, she was addressed as “Ms. Sabina Burton, Advisor.” She should have the title “Dr.” in front of her name as did others in the list. Note that this letter was issued the same day as Dean Throop’s letter of direction Dkt 48-143.
Nov 19, 2014 - (exhibit 649b) A letter concerning women’s Greek Council (WGC) was issued with Dr. Burton listed as Ms. Sabina Burton, Advisor. She should have the title “Dr.” in front of her name as did others in the list.
Dec 2, 2014 – (exhibit 649a) A letter concerning a hearing board was issued with Dr. Burton listed as Ms. Sabina Burton, Advisor. She should have the title “Dr.” in front of her name as did others in the list.
9-11-15 – Burton sent an email to her attorney, Tim Hawks (Record-issues). Attached was a photo of her payroll page on the HR website (Payroll). Burton was pointing out to her attorney that someone had changed her title from Associate Professor to Assistant Professor. This could have resulted in a decrease in pay if Burton had not noticed the change and corrected it by complaining.
August 12, 2016 - https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/use-force-focus-upcoming-policing-conference - This article refers to Anthony Amato as an “adjunct professor in the UW-Platteville Department of Criminal Justice. He is an adjunct lecturer. He is not a professor. (Amato-notAdjunctProf)
October 12, 2015 - https://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/what-we-learned-in-platteville-part-i-of-5/ This article refers to Anthony Amato as “Prof. Anthony “Nino” Amato” and “Prof. Nino Amato, UW-Platteville, Criminal Justice Department.” So they got his title wrong twice in the same article. He is an adjunct lecturer, not a professor. (Amato-not-a-Prof)
11/3/16 David Couper wrote an email calling himself a faculty member. EmergencyMeeting-11-3-16 Faculty-Not He also referred to himself as a faculty member in two meetings. He has a card that says “Faculty” and his name on it. The administration made him a faculty member. He didn’t seem to know that he wasn’t. David Couper is not a faculty member at UW Platteville.
5-27-16 – Dr. Strobl sent an email to the department announcing that the grant request had been submitted (exhibit COPS grant submission). The email contained attachments with the documentation of the submittal. (exhibit COPS-grant)
6-1-16 – Dr. Burton sent an email to Strobl about the COPS Grant: (exhibit COPS-Grant-Submission) In this email she pointed out some serious problems with the submission. She wrote “ I am also surprised that you elevated Deb Rice, David Couper and Nino Amato to "professors" in the application. Deb Rice is a lecturer or academic staff member, Amato and Couper are adjunct lecturers. None of these three hold the title of professor. The title you used is therefore misleading. You artificially elevated their status and misrepresented their job titles to a federal agency. Why did you do that?” Burton never received an answer to her question.
By elevating loyal members of the department and minimizing and marginalizing targeted individuals the corrupt administration is able to secure its power within the department. With a majority of loyal followers they can pass any agenda. By ridding the department of opposition they are able to practice cronyism and nepotism easily thereby securing even more loyalty and power. Anyone who complains is targeted for elimination and they usually don’t see it coming. They usually don’t fight back. They usually can’t fight back.