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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, July 30, 2007

July 27, 2007 Letter from Dean Dobranski to Professor Safranek Suspending Employment

July 27, 2007

Stephen J. Safranek
Professor of Law
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Dear Professor Safranek:

By action on July 26, 2007 of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Ave Maria School of Law, you are suspended from your employment at AMSL effective immediately pursuant to the Tenure Termination Procedures set out in Section VJ3 of the Faculty Handbook. As you know, this is not termination of your employment, the question of which is proceeding according to the Handbook Process separately. As you also know, although the period for this decision has not yet expired, we await your decision as to whether you wish to contest the recommendation of termination and request (or waive) a Hearing. Under the Handbook Procedure, without such a statement by you, the Board of Governors may decide upon termination without further action. If you wish the Board to consider your last email to me on this subject a statement that you contest termination, kindly indicate this.

During the period of your suspension, you will not be permitted to enter the premises of the Law School without the express written consent of either me or Dean Milhizer. On Monday, July 30 at 5:00 p.m. your access to AMSL email and computer systems will be suspended. We are allowing you access for the present solely for the purpose of allowing you to communicate easily with me as to retrieval of any personal effects that you may desire during your suspension. Nor are you to use, during your suspension, any AMSL property of any kind. You are also not to destroy or impair or alter any computer or other Law School property, information, or system in any way.

Also by action of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors, your pay will be continued during your suspension until September 15, 2007, with an important condition. As you know, the Handbook permits discontinuation of your pay during suspension after the end of the academic year/contract year (August 14, 2007), but the decision is that the Law School will waive this right, but only until September 15, 2007, subject to the condition that you are to avoid all misconduct. During the entirety of your suspension, you remain, of course, an employee of AMSL so that you remain obligated to avoid misconduct.

Please contact me by telephone or email immediately if you wish to retrieve any personal effects during the suspension. If so, I will determine a time, after business hours, when you may enter the premises in order to retrieve any effects. I will permit no disruption of Law School operations at this time. The sole purpose of your appearance, if any, will be retrieval of your personal effects. I thank you in advance for your cooperation in this regard.

Sincerely yours,

Bernard Dobranski
President and Dean

Cc: Members of the Board of Governors
Associate Dean Eugene Milhizer

UPDATE: A PDF copy of the letter can be accessed here.