We demand an external, independent audit of SJSU [all departments, colleges, offices, and foundations]:
1) Starting with an investigation of the “Justice” Studies Department and the College of Applied Social Sciences and Arts.
2) An investigation of Dr. Correia (who has since left the campus).
3) An investigation of Dr. Harris and, if it is proven she has exploited students, then she should be fired.
4) An investigation of Shawn Bibb and his work in the financial and administrative affairs of the University.
5) We demand that SJSU enforce the ethical code in the faculty handbook to the fullest extent.
Last February, 2013, an anonymous whistleblower submitted a 1000+ page report to the State Auditor’s Office about fraud at San Jose State University (SJSU) that resulted in no apparent justice. Dr. Mark Correia and Dr. Danielle Harris seem to have violated numerous explicit policies on academic integrity, including apparent misappropriation of public money.
Both Dr. Correia and Dr. Harris apparently abused their power and exploited students’ vulnerable position for their personal gain and interest by offering strong letters of recommendations in return for students’ misused labor.
A brave few people in the “Justice” Studies Department brought the corruption to the attention of the administration, who in turn apparently failed to respond; therefore, we the students are highly suspect and demand remedy in the “Justice” Studies Department and campus wide.
We suspect that because of the epic fail by the administration to prevent student exploitation and protect public money in recessionary times, these types of activities are probably occurring at larger scales without any intervention or oversight.
We do not know why SJSU allowed Dr. Correia to leave at the end of the Spring 2013 without seemingly any accountability or full restitution for the extensive fraud and abuse. Just because he has left does not make the crimes go away. And we do not know why Faculty Affairs and the larger administration have done seemingly nothing to remedy the apparent fraud that is Dr. Harris’s career here at SJSU. But we do know we want justice and we want it systemically and without fail.
We want justice now. If SJSU fails to address these concerns seriously, we are prepared to get justice through the use of direct actions and protests. We ask SJSU students, faculty, staff, the greater CSU community, and taxpayers everywhere to support our efforts.
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Student Coalition for SJSU Accountability (SCSA)