During the five years I attended Wilkes Community College, there has been several instances where my civil rights were violated in areas of instruction on the campus of Wilkes Community College. These instances were reported in writing to the immediate instructor, division dean, dean of instruction, security office, Frank Wonsavage director of afternoon college, director of disability services and administrative personnel working in student services.
I met with Dean Sprinkle PhD who reported to me that if I continued to report these instances of harassment, Wilkes Community College would no longer have a place for me. Dean Sprinkle PhD also reported that he would only take actions against the students involved if there was an admission of their own culpability in this matter. No student will freely admit to any wrongdoing that will result in dismissal from the college.
During the summer session 2007 there was two boys in the welding lab that continued to spray an unknown substance on my body while I was busy working on my class material. This occurred nearly every hour until I was under the influence of an unknown drug. After I was under the influence of this mystery substance believed to be a nasal decongestant, these two boys took it upon themselves to intimidate me using the Power of Suggestion. I also observed the two boys attempting to put something into my beverage while I was distracted.
One day after lunch, I became violently ill after consuming orange juice that was left unattended while I was welding in a booth. Another time I felt the safety curtain behind me move and the same boy was directly behind me, but he was not wearing a darkened welding mask to observe my technique. This is when I discovered blurred vision, trembling hands, dilated pupils and extreme anxiety consistent with the over the counter drug suspected. I also observed one of the boys in question holding a small bottle in their pants pocket.
There is no question that the two boys involved were conspiring together to willfully inflict an illness without due cause. This class started at 8:00 am, by 10:00 am I was on the main campus complaining about the incident to a mental health professional who reported that I was Hyped Up beyond my normal demeanor. Normal hours for this class were from 8 am until 4 pm with one hour for lunch.
Each time this situation occurred, I would wash the affected area to limit the exposure pursuant to OSHA guidelines. However, this unknown chemical substance was absorbed into my skin and continued to administer toxic levels of this mystery drug transdermaly. As a student at a state funded community college, it is unacceptable to condone any such behavior. At a later time, someone asked me if I was feeling better now. I replied I did not know what he was referring to. Apparently the administration determined that these complaints submitted through the grievance process were derived from some type of illness and not attributable to any malicious action by the students in question.
During the fall semester, there was a repeat occurrence in the welding lab involving the same two students. In addition, two boys from the auto body program were in my computer class conducting the same unethical behavior. Dean Sprinkle suggested that I sit in the back row where students do not have the ability to get behind me. This is not possible considering the desktop computers are located around the perimeter of the room and it is not feasible to make such an accommodation.
I was also in a private room for testing in an area free free from distractions; this is an accommodation for students with a documented disability. Upon arrival, I asked the staff personnel which room my computer instructor was in. I left this testing room for five minutes to loan a book to this instructor. After I returned to begin my exam, my water bottle was left in this room unattended. Halfway through my exam I took a sip of the water I had been drinking before I arrived at Wilkes Community College. Within a minute, I became ill and there was white particles floating inside the bottle. I passed the same female employee in the hallway and she displayed unwelcome expressions and starred at the water bottle as I passed her. It is apparent that there was another mystery drug added to my water bottle during my absence.
This situation was also reported to the Dean at the Ashe campus, who referred me to Dean Sprinkle. While I was on the Ashe campus I also observed a female student in the student commons observing something directly behind me, and another female student stuffing something into her book bag. Within two minutes I began to experience a very familiar illness induced by this mystery substance. Situations such as this occurred on the campus of Wilkes Community College nearly every day. I have also reported this unwelcome behavior to Gordon Burns, president of Wilkes Community college.
During the past two years, I have been unduly harassed by both students and faculty while undergoing academic training at an institute of higher education. These situations have occurred in several locations on the campus of Wilkes Community college including several classrooms, the open computer lab, library, automotive lab, welding lab, diesel lab, gymnasium, student commons and at the drinking fountain outside Dean Sprinkle's office.
This is no laughing matter, employees and students at Wilkes Community college continue to convey hateful and demeaning expressions and promote implications of a sexual nature. These gestures are unwelcome and bothersome as a student in a professional atmosphere. To date, I have missed several days of college due to the intentional actions of others by means of chemical assault.
My symptoms include: stimulation, dilated pupils, red eyes, headache, blurred vision, disorientation, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, a rapid heart rate with palpitations, runny nose and symptoms of unstable mental health. All these are symptoms mimic an excessive use of antihistamines' and decongestants. As a result, I believe the injury I sustained in the gymnasium is a direct result of the chemicals I was exposed to during the course of my education.
October 21, 2008, I was injured in the gymnasium during an exercise class. The instructor called security and offered to send me home for the day. At this time, I took 10mg of Vicodin to deal with the severe pain I was in while waiting for my evening class that I could not miss. During my evening class, the pain became unbearable and I went straight to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with severe muscle strain and was prescribed more Vicodin, a skeletal muscle relaxer, and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). My medical doctor referred me to Physical Therapy associated with my injury. I was required to make time in my busy schedule to attend Physical Therapy two days per week and conduct similar exercises on my own time.
I provided my discharge papers from the Hospital to the instructor as defined in the school accident policy. No one at Wilkes Community College has advised me how to file a claim with the accident insurance that all students are required to pay a premium during student registration. At this time I have incurred hundreds of dollars in medical expenses well beyond the Medicare benefits available to me as a secondary Insurance policy. One of the employees at Wilkes Community College reported that Wilkes Community College is responsible for my out of pocket expense consistent with my injury, this employee mumbled this information not to be overheard and discharged for releasing this information to a student.
During the first 30 days following this injury, I was unable to walk around the WCC campus without wearing a lifting belt and I was dependent upon the use of handrail on all stairways. Attending classes was becoming a real challenge without the aid of a wheelchair. After careful consideration, I dropped one class due to my inability to sit in class for three consecutive hours. The instructor seemed disappointed due to the fact that my work was above average compared to some of the other students. Now I am required to repeat this class due to the injury sustained on the campus of Wilkes Community College.
Furthermore, I was required to repeat two courses that I had already taken at Wilkes Community College. Kristin Macemore reported that my computer class Software for Technicians was not a suitable replacement for CIS 111 that covered Microsoft office applications, a non transfer class. In addition, I was also required to take ENG 111 (Expository Writing) after completing an Associate degree at Wilkes Community College. Kristin Macemore also reported that she would waive the requirement for the second year English requirement ENG 112 (Argumentative Research) because I previously took ENG 116 (Technical Report Writing part I-II). This is an unethical requirement due to the fact that English 111 is the prerequisite for English 116 that I completed prior to May 2007 when an AAS degree was issued by Wilkes Community College.
I was transferred from a traditional classroom at the request of the English department into an internet class where I could complete my work on my own. After I was transferred, I submitted two separate requests to the instructor Nolan Belk to verify that my work was current and up to date; Nolan Belk never responded to my two inquires. After my last assignment was submitted, Nolan Belk demanded that I complete a missing assignment or I could not pass the class. I was given three days to complete an assignment that allowed the other students three weeks to complete. This was unfair and I filed a grievance with Blair Hancock the arts and science division dean. During our meeting, Blair Hancock made sexually explicit comments to the effect of dropping her pants and having sex in her office, this was unwelcome and highly inappropriate from a state employee.
My grievance was forwarded to Dean Sprinkle. I was given the opportunity to submit the missing work before classes' resumed in January. I mailed my written work to Dean Sprinkle one week after classes ended, to the best of my knowledge it was mailed before Christmas and USPS reported delivery within three days. In February, I requested a transcript and my grade had not been changed to an appropriate level. At this time, I reiterated the grievance and no action was ever taken. The Director of disability services was also assisting me with this issue and reported the instructor never received my written work that included a first draft, critique from another person, and a final draft. In March my grade still had not been corrected and I reiterated the same grievance with Dean Sprinkle. This is when Dean Sprinkle and Nolan Belk reported that I am not following proper procedures as outlined in the grievance policy. No one ever conveyed to me that there was a problem with my work and Nolan Belk reported my work was plagiarized to dismiss his reluctance and defiance in correcting my final score in this entry level English class as Nolan Belk previously agreed to remedy this situation.
Nolan Belk was demanding I cite the work that was written from my own memory, and make corrections on my first draft. Nolan Belk also required a dictionary citation for one word on my final draft in which I learned in a seminar at Wilkes Community College. The term transesterfication refers to a chemical process where fats are separated into soap and is used to make biodiesel and natural soap. When I met with Nolan Belk in regard to the PLAGERIZED document, it was apparent that this lead instructor knows very little about alternative fuels and their production. His opinion was that I copied this article from the internet and did not write my own paper. This is insulting due to the fact that I have over ten years experience as a heavy equipment technician and completed the Heavy Transport Technology program offered at Wilkes Community College.
On February 05, 2009, Dean Sprinkle ordered that I am immediately suspended from Wilkes Community college for disruptive behavior regarding the numerous grievances' submitted in regard to the English class and continued harassment on the campus of Wilkes Community College located in Wilkesboro and West Jefferson North Carolina. Furthermore, it is also ordered that I have no contact with anyone at Wilkes Community College without attaining prior approval from Dean Sprinkle's office.
Wilkes Community College has denied the release of my awards earned prior to this absurd suspension. I received a letter from the office of Financial Aid stating I now owe the Department of Education for a Pell award collected by Wilkes Community college. Each time I apply for federal student aid, my express authorization to charge tuition and books against my financial aid award Is never granted and I am responsible for my own expenses.
The college reports I am now responsible to pay $1381.62 for the cost of attendance after Dean Sprinkle rescinded the terms of our contract and prohibited my attendance in any classroom, internet based class or anywhere on state property owned by Wilkes Community College. It was further ordered that I may be subjected to criminal charges for Cyber Stalking if I use the telephones, internet, campus mail or any other means of communication on property operated by Wilkes Community College. In addition, my class attendance was limited to eight days of the sixteen weeks required by the department of education.
Now I have an outstanding debt with the US Department of Education, I can not attain my transcripts to transfer to another college to finish my education, and I am due a certificate in Automotive Electronics that was completed in December 2008.
Boone, North Carolina