I STAND WITH DR. SABINA BURTON - If you care about student safety, protection from sexual abuse, tenure rights or First Amendment rights you should take a stand with her too. – Roger Burton (Sabina’s husband)
Dr. Sabina Burton is fighting for her job and the right to advocate for victims of sexual abuse.
In October of 2012 Dr. Burton advocated for a student victim of sexual harassment and her world was turned upside down. Now she is under serious threat of job termination.
She wants to return to work. She wants to know she is free to help student victims of sexual abuse.
There is no question in anyone’s mind that Sabina is an excellent instructor. She graduated with a PhD from the one of the best Criminal Justice universities in America, University of California Irvine. She has four masters degrees. She graduated third in her class from the University of Munich, a school of 66,000 students.
Chancellor Dennis Shields wrote “Sabina, your positive attitude is very rewarding and appreciated by our students. My sincere thanks on behalf of our entire campus community for making UW-Platteville the great campus that it is.” (Shields-congratsSabina-4-30-12).
Former Dean Elizabeth Throop said: “What Dr. Burton has listed as her qualifications are really very important qualifications about her amazing abilities as a teacher. I think there is no question that her presence in the classroom is absolutely astounding. From what I can tell she is an inspired teacher.” Grievance-Throop-Transcript - A13 - Grievance - Throop - 12-2-13,
Department Chair Dr. Staci Strobl wrote: “Overall, Dr. Burton is a very interactive instructor who has good rapport with her students and presents an organized, visually instructive, and dynamic lesson for our Forensic Investigation students.” (Strobl-evalofBurton)
Sabina was on crutches for seven years due to leg injuries she sustained in high school. Doctors told her she would never run again but she worked so hard at her therapy she not only ran again, she was asked to be on the German Olympic Rowing Team. She was one of 24 female cadets to enter training for the German Federal Police (Germany’s equivalent of our FBI). Sabina was the only woman who was able to complete the training course and became the first woman in the German Federal Police. She worked undercover terrorist operations that she still can’t tell even me about. Sabina worked as an intern for Margaret Thatcher’s right hand person, Baroness Janet Young during Operation El Dorado Canyon and was present at many high level meetings concerning this operation.
Sabina’s mother and father survived WWII on the losing side. Her father flew the ME-262 and was shot down once and crash landed another time. He was hunted by Nazis. After the war he hosted top level international negotiations, in his home in Tutzing Germany, for the release of countless prisoners of war. Sabina grew up in a home where top level diplomats from around the world were common house guests. Her father spoke five languages fluently, earned two PhDs and was nominated for a Nobel prize for his work in chemistry (Erich Wünsch patent Her father passed away at the time Sabina’s UW Platteville colleagues and supervisors were severely retaliating against her (Erich Wünsch-obituary). Sabina’s mother is an acclaimed organist who suffers from severe Alzheimer’s disease.
Sabina married me in 2003 and became an American Citizen in 2009. She taught for UCI while we lived in California and began teaching in UW Platteville in 2009. She was on track to get a half-million-dollar grant to start a cyber-security program at UW Platteville that would have trained Criminal Justice students for high paying jobs. But after she advocated for the student victim of sexual harassment she became a target and her efforts to build a cyber security program were destroyed and her reputation was assassinated.
Why is an inspired teacher threatened with job termination? Because she advocated for a student victim of sexual harassment and complained about the retaliation she received for her advocacy and because she exercised her right of freedom of expression. This website contains information and evidence proving that Dr. Burton has been telling the truth and that the charges against her are bogus and false. It also uncovers some very shady practices that threaten students’ safety, faculty tenure and her job.
The important part of this matter is really, quite simple at its core:
1. If Dr. Burton is fired, other employees will hear a powerful message that advocating for student victims of sexual abuse is not tolerated in the UW System.
2. Dr. Burton was not given fair appeal hearings to address the charges against her.
3. The charges against her are bogus and false.
4. She deserves a fair hearing.
What needs to happen:
The appeal hearing process, which concluded under a veil of secrecy and illegitimacy, needs to be started again from scratch; but this time it needs to be transparent to the public; this time it needs to conform to policy and law; this time Sabina needs to be given adequate time to address the charges; this time she needs to be allowed to cross-examine hostile witnesses; this time the public needs to be notified of the hearings in accordance with Wisconsin Open Meetings Law; this time the hearings need to be held at reasonable times so the public can attend. The public needs to attend so they can see for themselves how sexual abuse incidents are swept under the rug and how good instructors are fired for advocating for victims. I hope that someone in a position of power will act to give Sabina a fair hearing on the university level with an audience.
The UW Platteville appeal hearing panel violated laws and policies. After only one day of deliberations they delivered a recommendation that Sabina be fired. Chancellor Shields now has some options:
1. deliver a recommendation to the Board of Regents that Sabina be fired
2. impose discipline less than dismissal on Sabina
3. send the matter back to the Appeals Commission to try again
4. Drop all charges against Sabina
5. Other possible options?
What will Chancellor Shields do? Maybe he will finally do the right thing. Maybe there is a chance for this to end well if we can start enforcing our own rules and start disciplining the people who deserve discipline instead of the people who take a stand for victims.
What do I think Chancellor Shields should do? I think he should do what he did in 2013 – ask the hearing panel to try again. But this time he should ensure that the rules are followed, and he should ensure that the hearing panel is reconstituted with persons who do not have conflicts of interest and who are not otherwise tainted. I think he should ask them to be fair. If he decides to recommend Sabina’s dismissal to the Board of Regents then I would hope that the Board of Regents would ask him to re-do the appeal hearing from the beginning, this time in compliance with policy and law.
I, Roger Burton, was sexually assaulted when I was a young boy. I’ve told nobody about this before today, 12-6-17. If you have ever been sexually abused I know exactly how you feel. It is time to shake off the stigma that has kept us silent. It is time to come out of the shadows and take a stand with Dr. Sabina Burton. #metoo, #TheSilenceBreakers #timesup #ISTANDWITHBURTON
“I love teaching. There are so many good people at UW Platteville; faculty, staff and students. They deserve protection from the few bad apples.” - Dr. Sabina Burton
On May 11, 2016 Dr. Burton wrote to her chair, Dr. Strobl saying: “A big part of my anxiety this week comes from dealing with veiled death threats that I have received.”
On June 3, 2016 Chancellor Dennis Shields admonished Dr. Burton writing “I have received reports that you have engaged in unprofessional and concerning interactions with your campus colleagues. Specifically, you have sent the attached email some of which I view as uncollegial and inappropriate at our campus… Some of the statements in your email that I find concerning include: … A big part of my anxiety this week comes from dealing with veiled death threats that I have received.” (Shields-LOD-6-3-16), (Shields-LOD-6-3-16-Attachments).
Chancellor Shields officially admonished Sabina for telling her boss that she had received veiled death threats! And, without investigating whether it was true, he ordered Sabina never to make this sort of report again.
Let that sink in.
UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields suspended Dr. Sabina Burton, banned her from campus. I believe he wants to fire Sabina because she advocated for a student victim of sexual harassment and complained of the retaliation she received for her advocacy (sburtonstmtofchrgs-Rebuttal-3-30-17).
Shields wrote in his charges against Sabina: “You have publicly misrepresented the facts of a 2012 alleged sexual harassment incident to students (as exemplified by the “disappointed student” email.)” However, Dr. Burton tells the true story with hard facts and evidence: (TheSolicitousNote). Shields has yet to identify any statement Sabina has made that he believes to be inaccurate.
As of 10-10-17, Nobody has identified even one single statement I have made in this website as being untrue. – Roger Burton
Former dean and provost Throop said “What Dr. Burton has listed as her qualifications are really very important qualifications about her amazing abilities as a teacher. I think there is no question that her presence in the classroom is absolutely astounding. From what I can tell she is an inspired teacher.” (A13c-Inspired-Teacher-12-2-13). Chancellor Shields wants to fire an “inspired teacher.”
Something needs to be done about corrupt administrators and corrupt attorneys who seem to care more about keeping the university’s sex harassment/violence statistics low than about protecting our children from predators and retaining inspired, caring teachers.
Sabina is very ill as a result of the stress she is under and the stress is a result of the unfair treatment she has been receiving. I don’t think a fair hearing wouldn’t stress her as much, because she has truth on her side, but the university has done much to add stress and deny her a fair hearing. Lies, policy misinterpretations, forged investigation reports without signatures, gag-orders, veiled-death-threats, violations of policy and law, denials of reasonable requests, disappearing witnesses, ignored requests, testimony outside the scope of the charges, bogus and false charges, suspension, banishment from campus and the university’s “spin” have all added to Sabina’s stress.
This photo was taken on 6-12-17 just prior to Sabina’s endoscopy which revealed that her severe ulcers are still a life-threatening problem. The administration was aware of her condition but continued to pressure her unnecessarily. How does she keep going? It is touch and go. She needs encouragement and support.
As a Marine, I have great respect for authority and I have come to expect good leadership. I enthusiastically followed my superiors’ orders that put me in harm’s way in the Gulf War, and I would do it again. I am surprised and shocked when I see bad leadership. Corrupt leaders bring disgrace on the position to which they have been entrusted.
I have great respect for the office of the Chancellor of UW Platteville but Chancellor Dennis Shields has acted outside his authority and is a disgrace to his office. He seems to believe that leadership and intimidation are synonymous. He seems to believe that cronyism and dishonesty are good leadership practices. He seems to believe that employees of UW Platteville are his personal servants that he can fire whenever he wants to, for whatever reason he chooses.
Shields is trying to fire my wife on bogus and false charges. Sabina has followed all of Chancellor Shields’ directives yet Shields still pushes for Sabina’s termination on bogus allegations, shaky reasoning and fabrications. Shields based his charges on an investigation report that he admits is not signed by the investigator. He made no attempt to get a signature from the investigator. I believe Shields knows the investigation report is a forgery. Though I respect the position of UW-Platteville Chancellor, I don’t respect or trust Dennis Shields. Chancellor Shields seems to believe he is in a Thunderdome with Sabina; that either Sabina loses her career or he loses his. Chancellor Shields seems to be willing to lie to get the Regents to fire Sabina.
Chancellor Shields accused Sabina of discussing her disputes in class with students writing “You have discussed your personnel concerns during class when they had no relevance to course topic.” (sburtonstmtofchrgs-Rebuttal-3-30-17). However, a student in Dr. Burton’s class wrote that Dr. Burton “did not share knowledge or facts pertaining to any pending/ongoing legal cases that she was involved in.”
Another student wrote “If it were not for Watchdog and the emails sent out by the Criminal Justice department, I would not have even known there were any problems.”
Another student wrote “Dr. Burton is one of the rare people who can walk a fine line between professor and friend. She is an amazing mentor with high standards and always does what is right and just. She goes out of her way to make sure her students’ needs are being met and exceeded. Her character and integrity are unquestionable. The fact that UWP officials are now attempting to attack Dr. Burton’s character proves they know they made a terrible mistake in the handling of the original issue. Instead of learning from their mistake, they’ve decided Dr. Burton’s presence at the school will be a constant reminder of this failure for all those involved-and that is not fair to her. Dr. Burton was doing her job to make sure all students feel and are safe on campus. The others should be doing the same. I stand with Dr. Burton.” We have signed statements from six of Sabina’s former students that prove Shields’ accusation is false - (Burton-no-speak-in-class).
If Lattis and Shields are willing to do these things, what will stop them from forging documents, threatening people and using university funds to bribe Sabina’s colleagues? Transparency and Accountability brought down the Berlin wall. I hope they will work to clean up some of the corruption at UW Platteville.
On 3-4-17 Chancellor Shields delivered to Dr. Burton a document he called “Dr. Petra Roter’s report.” (Rebuttal-RoterReport3-4-17). But is it?
Tellingly, the report is not signed. Tellingly, Dr. Roter has not confirmed that it is her report and has not responded to multiple requests for her authentication of the report. Tellingly, Dr. Roter seems to have vanished and the administration can’t, or won’t, produce her to testify about the investigation report that bears her name but not her signature.
Chancellor Shields wants to fire my wife on bogus and false allegations and bases his decision on an investigation report that is not signed and whose alleged author, a former UW Chancellor, has mysteriously disappeared.
Isn’t it interesting that Dr. Roter is also named as a defendant in a lawsuit (Case No.14-cv-1020)? Why did Chancellor Shields choose someone to investigate Dr. Burton while that person was under investigation herself? Did Shields pull strings to get Roter out of her own tight spot? I don’t know, but somebody should look into this.
Chancellor Shields seems to be putting together the legal equivalent of a turd sandwich to feed to the UWS Board of Regents, hoping they will swallow it quickly, before their gag reflex causes them to spew it back into his face.
If Chancellor Shields had not refused Sabina’s Aug 9, 2013 request to meet, the ingredients of this sandwich could have been a gourmet half-million-dollar Cyber-Security Program (Dkt 53-49), (Dkt 101-5). Why didn’t Shields meet face-to-face with Dr. Burton to try to resolve this issue but to give her no option than to file a complaint with the EEOC (exhibit EZZZZZJ-1)?
Why did Shields decide “not to weigh in” on Jul 10, 2013 10:28 PM (exhibit EZZZZJ-1)?
Why did Shields publicly blame Dr. Burton equally with Dr. Caywood, who “admitted that he poorly handled the student complaint,” after a grievance committee recommended that steps be taken to “restore Dr. Burton’s professional reputation?” Shields knew about the “dysfunction” within the CJ department since April 19, 2013. Why didn’t he provide the recommended communication training?
Why did Shields refuse to consider Dr. Burton’s complaint that Dean Throop violated policy and law [UW-P 004010]? The grievance committee agreed that Throop had violated policy and law but nothing was done to correct the violations. Even Dean Throop later agreed that an election should have been held. Why did Shields “applaud” Dean Throop’s violations?
What was the outcome of Dr. Caywood’s grievance against Dean Throop that he was “improperly removed” from the chair position [UW-P 005324]?
Dean Throop wrote that she wanted Dr. Caywood to get training so he could run the CJ department at a “minimally acceptable level.” Is “minimal acceptability” also Chancellor Shields’ goal?
Who deleted incriminating emails from Dr. Burton’s email account (see 1/1/14 on Public_Timeline)? Did this have anything to do with Shields’ belief that “emailing is problematic?” Did Chancellor Shields order Dr. Burton’s email account “hacked?”
Why did Shields ignore and deny Dr. Burton’s complaints, on Oct 2, 2014, Oct 11, 2014, and many others but in contrast, quickly order investigations into Dean Throop’s allegations against Dr. Burton - Jan 15, 2015, Deb Rice’s allegations against Dr. Burton - 8-8-16 and Throop/Gormley’s complaint against Dr. Burton - 12-19-16? Isn’t that disparate treatment?
Why didn’t Shields tell Dr. Burton who filed the false allegation that Dr. Burton had cancelled class? Why didn’t the investigation name the informant? Why did Dean Throop, under oath, claim the informant was Deb Rice but Rice, under oath, claimed she didn’t do it (perjury)? Why are there so many holes in Shields’ findings?
Did Chancellor Shields order the Public Information officer to deny Dr. Burton’s requests for documents based on a Wisconsin Statute that guarantees her access to those documents (DenialofAccess-12-2-16), (Erickson.Denial11.30.16)? Why did Dr. Burton need to ask for these documents four times (ResponsetoChancellorLtr-8-31-16), (InvestigationReport-request-for), (Investigativereport11-30-16), (RqstforInvestigation-AG-12-9-16)?
Why isn’t Dr. Barraclough’s investigation report, dated Nov 24, 2015, signed? (Barraclough_Report), (Barraclough_Report-Rebuttal). Why was this report, into allegations that could get Dr. Burton fired, not provided to Dr. Burton until December 9, 2016?
Why isn’t the Burke investigation report signed? Why isn’t the Roter report signed? How many investigation reports has Shields forged?
I have so many more questions like these.
Dennis Shields and Attorney Jennifer Sloan Lattis seem to be very good at standing behind others to limit their own liability. I wish people would stop lying for them.
I wish people would stop blindly acting on Lattis’ misinterpretations of laws and policies. I wish they would read the laws and policies themselves, and act accordingly.
Ray Cross said: “Without civility it is virtually impossible for the university to pursue its mission: the pursuit of truth." I wish administrators at UW Platteville would listen to Ray Cross.
If Sabina loses her job she will find another job. If we lose everything, we’ll start over. What they do to Sabina and me is harsh and it hurts but I’m not exposing corruption to regain anything. I oppose corruption for students’ safety. I oppose corruption for my own daughters’ safety. That’s a big deal to me. I oppose corruption in hopes that I can make a small dent in it and protect some innocent people from corrupt administrators. I oppose corruption with its most potent virus, transparency, and hope that someone will finally hold corrupt administrators accountable for their misdeeds. I don’t want to harm anyone and I certainly don’t expect to gain from this experience. I want the UW Platteville administration to stop harming my wife, her fellow employees and students. I expect to suffer more pain and expense and I expect that, and pray that, eventually, truth will finally win over lies. But I wonder why we must go through this painful process. Sabina is a good, caring person.
Case #1 – Dr. Burton’s first case (2012-2014) was dismissed in summary judgment. It may seem to be old news but the verdict was not based on all the evidence Sabina presented to her former attorney. Sabina’s former attorney Tim Hawks seems to be responsible for sabotaging the case by excluding key information in the briefings and failing to dispute false information provided by the defense. In short, I believe Hawks misrepresented Sabina’s case and that is why it was dismissed on summary judgment.
Dr. Burton asked Governor Walker for help in person on 5-16-15 and followed up her request for help in an email on Aug 22, 2015.
to UW Platteville Police records:
I think Attorney Hawks, a vocal democrat, sabotaged Sabina’s first case because Sabina sent this letter. He seemed very different after finding out about it.
Dean Throop is a vocal democrat.
Case #2 – Sabina filed a second lawsuit on Jan 17, 2017. This case complains that Sabina’s due process rights were violated. She asked for grievance hearings but her requests were denied, in violation of law and policy. Her due process rights were violated because she helped a student report an incident of sexual harassment and complained of retaliation.
Case #3 – Sabina expects to file a third lawsuit, or amend the second suit, concerning Chancellor Dennis Shields’ decision to suspend her, ban her from campus and process her for dismissal. Sabina is speaking out about corruption and exercising her right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Is Academic Freedom dead in America?
What is the definition of “Just Cause” to fire a tenured faculty member?
At the beginning of the 5-25-17 appeal hearing, which was conducted in the appellant’s absence due to severe illness, Attorney Lattis told the hearing panel “The standard of dismissal … that the Board of Regents uses for termination of a tenured faculty member is whether that faculty member is engaged in behaviors that impair the efficient functioning of the university. That is the definition of just cause” (Hearing-5-25-17). Spoiler alert: UW System Policy has a very different definition of just cause to fire a tenured faculty member.
At the end of the May 25 hearing Attorney Lattis told the hearing panel “I remind you again that the standard of just cause for termination of a tenured faculty that the Board of Regents will apply, because it has applied it in every other case, is that the behaviors of the faculty member have impaired the efficiency of the operation of the workplace.” Attorney Lattis seems to blame the Board of Regents for her misrepresentation of the standard of just cause. Has Attorney Lattis advised the Board of Regents that this is the standard of just cause to fire a tenured faculty member? Did they believe her? Has the Board of Regents fired tenured faculty members using this standard of just cause, as Attorney Lattis alleges? Did they do so because of Attorney Lattis’ misrepresentation of the standard? Should there be an investigation to determine if other tenured faculty members have been unfairly fired due to misapplication of the standard of just cause?
Will the Board of Regents apply Attorney Lattis’ standard of just cause in Sabina’s appeal or will they apply the standard in UPS OPERATIONAL POLICY - GEN 14? I ask the Board of Regents to please explain to Attorney Lattis that she should not be saying such things at a video recorded appeal hearing the appellant couldn’t attend. I don’t see how my wife can get a fair hearing if Attorney Lattis is allowed to influence the appeal panel by making misrepresentations of law and policy. I ask the Board of Regents to please assign a different attorney to represent UW Platteville in this matter. I think Attorney Lattis is too personally involved to be fair.
Fraud Waste and Abuse
As of this writing Dr. Burton, one of the best instructors on campus, is being paid to sit at home wishing she could teach our students. Chancellor Shields suspended Sabina, with pay, on bogus and false charges after spending tens of thousands of dollars to produce investigation reports that aren’t even signed (sburtonstmtofchrgs-Rebuttal-3-30-17). Seriously, none of the investigation reports are signed. Shields spent $9,682.38 on one investigation that could have been resolved, at no expense to the university, with a grievance hearing (BurkeInvest-invoice-3-8-17). Shields dropped the charges against Sabina and quickly ordered another investigation against her. I estimate that the time and legal costs to the university and the state amounts to at least $300,000. Why is Shields wasting these resources on what appears to be a personal vendetta against my wife?
Fraud Waste and Abuse on steroids
Dr. Burton was very close to winning a half-million-dollar grant to build a cyber-security program at UW Platteville that would have helped our graduates get high paying jobs in the cyber-security industry or law enforcement agencies (Dkt 53-49), (Dkt 101-4), (Dkt 101-5), (exhibit 648-see pg26/30). Shields decided to ignore Dr. Burton’s cries for his help against other administrators’ efforts to destroy her ability to obtain the grant. UW Platteville could have been a leader in cyber security training but Chancellor Shields decided instead to waste university and state resources to try to fire one of the best instructors in the university. Why?
Appeal panel composition is under protest:
Sabina has argued repeatedly that the appeal panel was selected in violation of policy and asked that it be re-constituted in compliance with policy (AppealRights-Highlights), (AppealPanelViolations). I think Chancellor Shields failed to provide Sabina with the procedures for appeal, as required, because he didn’t want Sabina to know that he planned to hand-pick the appeal panel in violation of those procedures. This seems like jury tampering to me. The panel chairs refused to render a decision about this issue until finally, the panel made a decision, on 9-19-17, to deny Sabina’s request. Maybe we will win this argument in court but for now, we proceed under protest.
Policy allows deliberations could take several months to complete. But it seems the administration wants to get Dr. Burton fired quickly and quietly without giving her fair due process. The administration has piled tons of bogus and false allegations and testimony on Sabina’s head. How can someone address so many bogus and false charges when their time is so limited? We are doing our best.
The hearing panel, to its credit, has agreed to one more three-hour hearing. It took us three hours just to cross-examine Chancellor Shields. Now we have only three more hours to cross-examine Dr. Strobl, Dr. Throop, Dr. Solar, Dr. Fuller and Dr. Burton and any other witnesses we call. Obviously, three hours is not enough time but at least it’s something. We are accustomed to the administration using time against us so this is nothing new. The panel could have decided not to give us any more time at all so, I guess it is good that we have the three hours. It’s better than nothing.
If we can address all the charges they will fall like a line of dominoes. Starting with Dean Throop’s Letter of Direction.
– Will Sabina be fired on Bogus and False charges?
– Is tenure meaningless?
– Who will advocate for Students if Sabina is fired?
I believe that any reasonable and unbiased hearing panel or jury would understand that the charges against Sabina are bogus and fabricated if they get the whole story.
The panel members are:
- Dr. Abulkhair Massoom,
- Dr. Barbara Barnet,
- Dr. Sheryl Wills
- Dr. Richard Bockhop
These people were all taught right from wrong when they were little.
The panel members are probably afraid that their own jobs are in jeopardy if they give Sabina fair due process. The irony is that the tenured panel members should be afraid that their jobs are in jeopardy if they don’t act fairly. If the panel allows the administration to deprive Dr. Burton of her due process rights, and the rights that should be guaranteed by tenure, they will be setting a precedent that effectively voids everyone’s tenure, including their own. They would be shouting to other faculty members that standing up for student rights, and for your own rights, will result in your termination. They would be telling students that their rights are not protected. They would be stifling academic freedom.
These five hearing panel members have:
- opportunity to benefit from corruption;
- risk of retaliation;
- a moral obligation to oppose corruption;
- the legal mandate to follow policy and law.
I hope the panel members realize that:
- benefiting from corruption carries its own risks;
- threat of retaliation is dispelled when good people stand arm in arm against corruption;
- one person opposing corruption counts;
- At some point, somebody has to start doing the right thing or society will collapse.
Misinformation from UWP to the media
Dr. Peckham, former chair of the protested appeal hearing panel, informed the editor of the Platteville Journal that Chancellor Shields issued an order “dismissing her (Sabina) for cause from her tenured faculty position” (Peckham-Burton-5-17-17). But the Chancellor doesn’t have authority to dismiss a tenured faculty member; only the Board of Regents can do that.
The editor of the Platteville Journal, Steve Prestegard, does not seem to be interested in publishing this story, or even notice about the open hearings. The editor’s email address is email@example.com.
Would you want a Criminal Justice department chair talking to your son or daughter this way?
In Nov 2014 Deb Rice told a graduate student, and others, that Dr. Burton was mentally ill and spread other false rumors (Dkt 48-145). The graduate student told Dr. Burton about the rumors he had heard. Dr. Burton complained about Deb Rice’s rumors to CJ department chair Dr. Dalecki. Instead of disciplining Rice, Dr. Dalecki called in the graduate student for what Dalecki called a “mentoring” session and told him to apologize to Deb Rice for sharing the information with Dr. Burton. The graduate student audio recorded the meeting and here it is: (Dalecki-grad-student). The grad student was fired shortly after this meeting. He and I both believe the reason he was fired is because he was loyal to Sabina.
Sabina gave him a letter of recommendation and the former grad student is now working as an aide for a republican senator in another state.
I just learned a new word. Gaslighting is “a form of intimidation or psychological abuse, sometimes called Ambient Abuse where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity” (urbandictionary.com). I have many examples of the administration victimizing Sabina this way, but I didn’t know it was called “gaslighting” until 9-25-17. Maybe I’ll make a short story to highlight the examples when I have time. Maybe “Gaslighting a Whistleblower” would make a good title for the book I am writing. It is kind of catchy. I’m also considering “The Taming of the Whistleblower,” “Whistleblowing for Dummies,” “They Blame You, for the things They Do,” “Stay Confident, or Give-up Early,” “What to Expect when you Blow the Whistle,” and “A Whistleblower’s Mind.” Let me know which title you like best.
I just learned a cool new word: “Imbroglio” means “an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation.” Somebody used this word to describe the situation Sabina has found herself in. How about “University of Imbroglio” or “Imbroglio University” for the book title? That’s catchy.
I hope my website, and the book I am writing, will become a guide for civic-minded people who seek to expose corruption and make society a better place. I plan to try to form a network of whistleblowers so new whistleblowers can be vetted and connected within the network.
Consoling broken victims will not protect our society from destroying itself from within. We need champions like my wife, but they are few. The book I am writing is intended to inspire, encourage and aid other champions to rise to their occasions.
There are so many examples of Sabina’s passion, inspiration and quality. I’ll point out one here: On April 12, 2013 Assistant Attorney General Karie Davenport Cattanach spoke in one of Sabina’s classes, at Sabina’s request. Sabina was trying to teach her students about a real-world topic, which has since become big news, Human Trafficking.
Dr. Sabina Burton is a visionary with impeccable credentials, a passion for teaching and a deep caring for her students. Her efforts to build a cyber-security program at UWP and her efforts to educate students on Human Trafficking were destroyed. Chancellor Shields seems to want to get rid of the best and brightest. Shields seems to value only faculty loyalty regardless of their passion or quality.
“People expect you to do what they would do in your position.” - Roger Burton
If the people you are dealing with are corrupt, they expect you to act corruptly. If they are fair and reasonable, they will expect you to act fairly and reasonably. We fair and reasonable people need to recognize that corrupt people don’t act like we expect them to. When we finally realize we are dealing with corrupt people we need to adjust our expectations accordingly.
So, an early indicator that you might be dealing with corrupt people is that you will be completely confused by their actions. You will start to feel as though you are living in a different country than the USA. We can’t understand corrupt people’s actions until we know they are corrupt. Once we understand who is corrupt we won’t be so confused anymore, by their actions. So, an important element in combating corruption is to name those people who are corrupt. If you publicly name a corrupt person they will react violently against you so keep your knowledge hidden until the right time.
People who violate policies because their boss told them to are corrupt.