Last Thursday, a two-minute video (divided into three parts of TikTok) surfaced, showing a zoom record of a physiology class at Oxnard College that day, which was written by Michael Abram (Michael Abram) The professor teaches, he uses the name and student’s identity to mark in his class in the video.
CNN has contacted Abram several times via email and phone, but has not received a response.
When the posted video began to play, it was not clear whether the professor knew the student. Later, the student identified himself as hearing impaired in the video and needed hearing aid. CNN did not name the student because she refused to talk to us.
He asked the student who said she could hear a little sound, why she didn̵
“Can you hear me a little bit? Abram asked.” Then why don’t you keep answering me?
The student tried to respond, but Abram continued to talk about her.
She said to Abram, “I can’t hear you.”
He said: “Why don’t we chat? Why don’t we email me? We will set up a real-time Zoom and we will have some actual communication at a certain point in time.” He said, “Maybe you can let your consultant join Us, okay? Did you hear me? Okay, great, then do it.”
After the interaction, another female student in the Zoom class said that the student could not hear clearly and could not immediately respond.
Abram said: “She didn’t pay attention, didn’t try.”
Another student said: “This is slower because she needs to translate it first, and then transfer it to hearing.”
Abram told the ugly student: “Let your counselor talk to me because you are too distracted to understand what is happening.”
She replied: “Yes, I did this because my translator was next to me and explained to me everything you said.”
Abram suggested that the student’s translator teach her to move forward.
He said: “Let them teach you in the entire class, which is very meaningful to me.” “I don’t know, I don’t understand.” He added that it was difficult for him to see the student’s “laugh”. And “chuckling” and didn’t pay attention. She replied that she was in a good mood.
Abram continued to repeatedly ask her to talk to her “consultant”, she agreed, but said that she felt she was “attacking” her.
He said: “I am not attacking you, I am not attacking you.” “I am very disappointed in you. That’s it. I am not attacking you.”
The university said in a statement that the professor is now on administrative leave. Acting President Luiz Sanchez said in a statement to Twitter: “I feel extremely sad and angry because any of our students should be respected or disrespected by any of our employees.”
This video is for administrators to view
Sarah Rand, a student in Abram’s class, took the original video and then posted the video on TikTok by someone she described as a family friend.
Rand told CNN that she took this video to send it to the administrator to show that she and other students are meeting in Abram’s class this semester Past actions and comments.
When asked at a press conference on Monday if there were any complaints against Abram, managers said they could not comment because it was part of the investigation.
Art Sandford, vice president of academic affairs and student learning, said that Abram was hired as a professor of biology in the fall of 2004 as a tenured professor, but he had worked at Oxnard College ( Oxnard College) teaches courses in anatomy and physiology.
Joshua Chancer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said in a statement: “Ventura County Community College District opposes any language or behavior that offends or harms anyone based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. “The comments in the video do not reflect the region’s values of honesty and honesty in actions, words, respect and the continuous pursuit of excellence.”
The National Association of the Deaf said that deaf and hard-of-hearing students need different content in class, including interpreters, subtitles and equipment to help them.
CEO Howard A. Rosenblum said in a statement: “Using an interpreter or subtitles often results in deaf or hard-of-hearing students getting more time to receive all the information. , And then respond.” “Therefore, professors must be patient and allow more time instead of accusing such students.”
The administrator says the campus can provide accommodation for students
Ventura County Community College District President Greg Gillespie said in a press conference on Monday that the investigation may take 90 days to complete.
“The instructor has the right to conduct due process in accordance with the law, so this is his constitutional right as a permanent public official. Therefore, he will enjoy paid leave. We will not be able to determine what the investigation results have brought us until the investigation is completed,” he said. Laura Lizaola Barroso, Deputy Prime Minister of Human Resources, Ventura County Community College District.
CNN has contacted the Oxnard College Academic Senate, which has a say in student and faculty affairs.
Administrators said they have told students that the area is capable of providing accommodation for any type of learning assistance needed. They said it is important to let students know the needs of teachers or the staff of the Education Assistance Center.
The administrator of the briefing said that the home university for students with weak hearing is Moorpark, which is another campus of Ventura University. It is not uncommon for students to take classes on other campuses, especially now that most of the classes have been transferred online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know that the student is in contact with Moorpark College’s EAC (Educational Assistance Center) staff. However, we are still investigating the student’s situation to see if accommodation is needed for Oxnard College’s courses, Gillespie said.
The administrator stated that they are meeting with the relevant students and contacting them.
Rand said at first that she was worried that sharing videos with the administrator might jeopardize her graduation and grades, but said that if there were no videos, they would not know about the teachers.
Gillespie said: “We hope we create an environment where people can come forward so that they can solve these problems. Gillespie said. Investigate and take it seriously.”
The Obama administration said it was also proud of another female student who spoke to a nasty student.
Rand said she never thought that the video would be received on social media in this way.
She said: “No matter what this person does, I don’t think his reputation should be buried, just like thousands of people hate him. That is not my intention.”
Rand said: “I did this to show others that when you find a problem, don’t just keep silent, because this is an ongoing abuse that needs to be stopped.” “Don’t be afraid. Tell the truth.”