Edward Larkin, a professor of German at the public University of New Hampshire, plead guilty in November 2009 to charges accusing him of exposing himself to a 17 year old girl and her mother earlier that year. Despite this, he is still fully employed at UNH and collecting his $88,961 salary. Following a one semester suspension this coming Fall, Larkin will be back in the classroom.
Why? Last week, reporters from the Union-Leader discovered that, in April, an arbitrator ruled that the University could not fire Larkin, as per the language in his union-negotiated contract. According to the arbitrator, Larkin’s actions did constitute “moral deliquency,” but not “moral delinquency of a grave order,” the standard his deeds needed to meet for administrators to dismiss him. An official from the union, the American Association of University Professors, called the ruling “just.”
In response to criticism from officials as high up as Gov. John Lynch, union officials now say “there is a possibility that Larkin would focus on research rather than teaching” upon his return. Well, that’s much better. Just like the unfit-for-the-classroom employees in the New York City teachers’ union’s “rubber rooms” (which are now closed, except not really), the tuition dollars paid by UNH families will be going to a German teacher . . . that isn’t allowed to teach.
(H/T Inside Higher Ed)