Students rally for SSU professor

By Jamie Ertle-Durden - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – There was quite a scene off campus Wednesday on Laroche Avenue. Several students and an instructor at Savannah State University are upset.

Leonard McCoy, a full-time and temporary instructor, says he has been mistreated by the university. He is on administrative leave and students want him back.

McCoy said he wants the board of regents to investigate the administration at Savannah State. Along with the picket signs, students are passing out flyers on campus. Some reported that McCoy was escorted off campus in handcuffs, but the university says no.

McCoy said he thinks the college needs to be more involved with students' learning and success.

"I'm basically out here protesting on my own. The students have been very supportive, the faculty have been very supportive, and I've said I've been barred from coming to the university for an unknown reason at all except that I filed an enumerated and numerous complaints referencing violations in reference to the board of regents policy guidelines," he said.

Another instructor is facing discipline for perhaps promising students extra credit for their participation in McCoy's protest.

Savannah State University issued a statement saying that it is inappropriate for them to comment while McCoy is on administrative leave and a personnel matter.

Statement from SSU:

"Mr. Leonard McCoy, a full-time temporary instructor with an employment agreement for the 2010-2011 academic year, is currently on administrative leave from the university. Rumors that Mr. McCoy was escorted off campus in handcuffs last month are not true.  He has not been terminated. Because this is a personnel matter, it is inappropriate for the university to make further comments regarding Mr. McCoy.

In the meantime, another full-time temporary instructor with an employment agreement for the 2010-2011 academic year faces immediate disciplinary action for violation of Georgia Board of Regents guidelines and policies for allegedly promising students in at least two classes a letter grade and/or extra credit in exchange for their participation in Mr. McCoy's personal protest. He further required his students to attend a class today outside the gates of the university without notice or permission. "

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