Monday, January 30, 2023

Colorado School of Mines Professor Alleges Football Coach Tried to Hijack His Middle Class Lecture

The Colorado School of Mines professor said the institute’s chief football coach and colleagues barged into his classroom in the middle of a lecture last month, harassing the professor and about 100 students by whistling, turning off projectors and yelling at everyone to get out. did. So that the team can use the room.

Professor Ning Lu, who has been with the school for nearly 25 years and specializes in soil and water, described the October 8 incident as workplace violence that left him stunned and at least one student. sent into panic attack.

Lu said he immediately reported the incident, but, a month later, was only told that the university’s investigation had been completed.

University spokeswoman Emily Rush said students from Seven Mines also reported the incident. She said officials at the School of Mines investigated and took “swift, appropriate action.”

“Providing a safe and supportive environment where Mines students can learn is our #1 priority,” said Roush. “While we cannot confirm the specifics of this incident, Khan does not condone disruptions affecting the educational process in our classrooms.”

Rush said the school could not comment on confidential personnel matters but that disciplinary action was taken.

School of Mines head football coach Greg Brandon remains in his position, the university confirmed.

Brandon did not respond to a request for comment from The Denver Post.

“Mr. Brandon publicly committed workplace violence on October 8,” Lu said. “Not only verbal violence, but physical intimidation…not only targeting the class by myself, but directing someone else to target me…not only creating chaos in the classroom, but also causing physical and psychological harm to many people.” To shake emotionally and cause panic attacks of students.

“Me and my class have been kept in complete darkness as to whether and whether the university investigated this horrific incident of workplace violence under the guise of a ‘confidential personnel case’,” he said.

On October 8, Lu said that he and the students of his soil mechanics class – who taught in a room on the football stadium complex – waited outside their classroom for about 15 minutes as the football team was in the room.

“It was the third time this semester that my class started late because the football team wanted to use the room,” Lu said. “The head coach was well aware that it was our scheduled class time, and in fact, he told me weeks ago that I should expect to start class late because he wanted to use the room instead.”

Finally Lu entered the room and asked the people inside to leave so he could start teaching, he said.

They left, and Lu said he began his lesson. But, he said, he was soon interrupted by Brandon, who entered the room shouting that he was the head coach and instructing everyone to leave. No one left, Lu said, and the class went on.

Soon after, Lou said that his class was again interrupted by a loud whistling sound, and Brandon and colleagues – Lou did not know whether they were student athletes or Brandon’s teammates – entered the room. Lu also said that he was not sure who fired the whistle.

The university said no student athletes were involved in the incident, but did not confirm who else was with Brandon.

Lu said, “A guy approached me directly on the podium, turned off my projector, and made moves that showed he wanted to take away my other things and possibly me too.” “I told him to stop, and the man eventually stopped. Meanwhile, Mr. Brandon was yelling at the students and his team a lot, verbally and physically trying to kick the students out.”

The students panicked and some ran away from the room, Lu said. One student had a panic attack in the hallway, the professor said.

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