Marketing professor Gary Clark suspended pending investigation

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SVSU officials have suspended marketing professor Gary Clark from teaching pending the completion of an apparent Title IX investigation.

“That matter is being handled by the Provost’s Office and the university’s Title IX Coordinator,” said Dean of Business and Management Anthony Bowrin.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Huntley confirmed that Clark was on suspension.

“As this is a personnel matter, the University has no further comment at this time,” Huntley said.

On Monday, Bowrin informed the students in Clark’s classes that they would be taught by another professor for the rest of the semester.

“We were told by (Bowrin) that Clark was relieved of his teaching privileges for the rest of the Fall 2017 semester,” said Dylan White, a fourth-year PTW major who is enrolled in Clark’s Marketing 335 class. “The dean said that because the investigation is ongoing, it would cause a distraction while teaching classes.”

Title IX is a federal law mandating that no one be discriminated against in the education system on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.