Last night I reported that Dakota State University information assurance professor William Carl Figg had been convicted last May of one count of nonconsensual contact with a foreign exchange student in his home.
As of tonight, William Carl Figg is no longer scheduled to teach classes at DSU this fall.
Last night I obtained a list of classes Figg was scheduled to teach from DSU’s WebAdvisor portal:
When I search tonight for DSU Fall 2015 courses taught by Figg, WebAdvisor says, “No classes meeting the search criteria have been found.” When I search the five class sections listed last night for Figg, WebAdvisor produces these results:
WebAdvisor now lists Mike Waldner as instructor for the on-campus section of INFS 601, Section D01. The other four sections list “To Be Announced TBA” under Faculty.
Update 2015.08.22 11:23 CDT: Sources tell me DSU VP Academic Judy Dittman sent this e-mail to faculty in the College of Business and Information Systems, as well as other VPs and department chairs, on Thursday, August 20, at 10:05 p.m., announcing Figg’s retirement:
Today I received a letter from Dr. Figg stating he has decided to retire on August 21, 2015. In his letter he said how grateful he was for the opportunity to serve as a tenured Full Professor at DSU for the last 15 years. When you have a chance, please thank him for his years at DSU and wish him well in his retirement. Thank you.
Hmmm… this sounds a lot like President David Borofsky’s immediate “retirement” last year. The emphasis on his status as “tenured Full Professor at DSU for the last 15 years” seems just a touch exaggerated: Figg started at DSU in 2001, so it seems unlikely he would have held tenure at DSU for 15 years. The last time Figg updated his faculty homepage or online CV, he listed himself as “Associate Professor.”