Allegations

I, Agnes L. Scott, an African American student, allege that I have for years received and continue to receive bullying tactics at the hands of some administrators and professors at The University of Toledo.  Even though the College of Education’s mission touts a student-centered educational institution, and the Department, Foundations of Educational Leadership, houses an anti-bullying advocate, I allege that agents of the University deliberately placed obstacles in my way so that I would not attain a doctoral degree, sometimes breaking university policies in the process. 

I enrolled in the University of Toledo’s College of Education doctoral program in 1998, fourteen years ago, at the age of 57.  I am, now, 71.  For the last nine semesters I’ve been told that I would graduate the NEXT semester. I’ve been made to file varied extension applications year after year, with the latest extension application being filed this fall semester.  I’ve received non-motivating comments many times from my Dissertation Chair, Dr. Mary Ellen Edwards and another member of my dissertation committee.  For example, she sent me a correspondence where in a statement about graduation the only word she capitalized in the statement was the word, IF; and another dissertation committee member, Dr. Svetlana Beltyukova, said that if she had to correct too many more words or statements she would consider resigning from my dissertation committee. For the most part, the changes they’re correcting are changes written by them, whereby I’m strongly encouraged to insert them.  However, I vow to continue my pursuit of a doctoral degree, because like other students who have gone before me, I deserve to graduate with a PhD.  Of course, never-ending extensions of one form or another and dissertation revisions could continue, rendering my pursuit of a doctoral degree null and void.

Some of the obstacles follow.  At one time I was unofficially kicked out of school due to a professor violating his own class policies.  I made over 50 phone calls to administrators and professors asking for help.  Even, my major advisor, Dr. Ronald Opp, would not return my phone calls.  It also took Dr. Ronald Opp, my major advisor, six months to let me know if I passed my doctoral major exam. My major advisor, Dr. Opp, and my minor advisor, Dr. Robert Sullivan, were adamant (occurring two different time periods in my program) about my taking a non-required minor exam.  Another allegation:  My dissertation chair, Dr. Mary Ellen Edwards, wrote a comment that referenced holding a gun to someone’s head in her dissertation comments to me, very inappropriate since my dissertation topic has nothing to do with guns and in light of the gun violence that is happening across campuses. Still another allegation is that inappropriate dissertation revision suggestions to my dissertation were made many times by Dr. Edwards.  One example is that references to Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois (an African American social activists, scholar and writer), and most of the black liberation theology data supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ cultures and missions were, under the advice of my dissertation chair, systematically removed from the background data for my dissertation document.  You can see my latest occurrence with professor/administrator-to-student bullying by viewing “The Mockery” pull down.  It is an account of my August 15, 2011 dissertation defense day - the day I presented the flawed dissertation data they gave me.  Because of the flawed data they gave me to present, I did not graduate on December 18, 2011.  They, again, thwarted my graduation.

I alerted two presidents at the University of Toledo, former President Dr. Daniel Johnson in the spring of 2004 and Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, from fall of 2006 to spring 2011, and other high level administrators about the obstacles that were being placed in my way, however, to no avail.

I may never again work in higher education, because potential employers want references from the professors and administrators associated with a student’s latest educational pursuit.  In addition, potential employers look for future employees who have a positive credit rating.  My student loans are over $150,000 where too much of the loan amounts are deferred interest payments mainly due to my chasing an American liberty under the tyrannical powers of professors and administrators at The University of Toledo. 

EVEN IF I NEVER RECEIVE MY DOCTORAL DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO, I MUST SPEAK OUT.  I REFUSE TO ALLOW PROFESSORS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO CONTINUE TO HOLD ME HOSTAGE, INFERRING THAT SOMEDAY THEY’LL LET ME HAVE A DEGREE.  I BELIEVE THAT MY SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET IN HIGHER EDUCATION, ADMINISTRATOR/PROFESSOR-TO-STUDENT BULLYING, WILL ENCOURAGE OTHER STUDENTS TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THIS ISSUE.




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