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Halifax Community College Faces Deadline To Investigate Complaints

Posted September 6, 2005 6:29 a.m. EDT

— Halifax Community College's Board of Trustees has until Thursday to investigate complaints against the college and its president or it faces a loss of state funding.

The North Carolina Office of the State Auditor is investigating wrongdoing by the college's administration, including several complaints from people saying they were badly treated by school President Ted Gasper, who has come under fire for dropping courses without notice and firing experienced instructors.

Gasper, however, claims he has done nothing wrong.

On Tuesday, the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees called an emergency meeting, but the lack of a quorum on the board crippled its attempt to meet Thursday's deadline. Eight trustees skipped the meeting because it was called on short notice.

The five trustees who did attend, however, began hammering out a plan that will send them to Raleigh to look at complaints filed with the state.

"I just feel like we need to proceed, and see if we can really get down to the bottom of all this because it's really a stigma on the college; it's a stigma on the trustees," said Board of Trustees Chairwoman Lillie Soloman. "And it's not good."

For now, the college's investigation will only look at complaints. The North Carolina Community College System has not said whether the response from the school is sufficient to avoid a cutoff of state funds.