Monday, August 15, 2005

UGA clears police chief of harassment

ATHENS — University of Georgia police Chief Jimmy Williamson did not violate the school's nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policy, officials said Friday after investigating a complaint filed by an employee, who accused Williamson of using racial slurs and viewing pictures of nude women in the office.
"I have interviewed over twenty (20) people and based upon those interviews, I have determined that you have not violated this policy," UGA attorney Steve Shewmaker wrote in a letter to Williamson.
Shewmaker recommended, however, that the entire campus Police Department undergo training to become more aware of the policy and that Williamson and Lt. Roderick Platt, who filed the complaint, participate in mediation to resolve any disagreements they might have.
Williamson also agreed to explore different management styles and "incorporate them as appropriate" into his duties.
"I'm better today than I was 10 years ago," he said Friday. "I'm willing to look at any management training that would make me better tomorrow."
Platt, who has been out of work on sick leave and accrued vacation since filing the complaint last month, could not be reached for comment. Williamson said he wants Platt to remain with the department.
"He's a very capable supervisor," Williamson said.
Meanwhile, UGA attorneys continue to investigate a former administrator demoted last month after officials learned that he had shared a hotel suite with a female graduate student during a trip to Washington in April.
Keith Parker was removed from his position as associate provost for institutional diversity. He was allowed to remain as a tenured professor in the department of sociology.
At least two other females — a former administrator and a student — have alleged inappropriate behavior by Parker since he was hired in 2003.

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