A vice president of a university was terminated after the discovery that she harshly discriminated against the chief of campus police due to the political views that he held.
As reported by The College Fix, Cara Halgren, the vice president for student affairs and diversity for the school, was fired from the University of North Dakota due to the fact that she discriminated against Eric Plummer, the UND Police Chief, once she learned that he had voted for Donald Trump in the last election.
Plummer filed an official complaint targeting Hlagren that alleged that she created a “hostile and toxic environment” in the wake of learning that the police chief had voted for Trump in 2016.
“As Cara is a Vice President, I did not feel I could not answer, as at the time I was not comfortable answering; however, due to our longstanding business relationship, I told Cara who I had voted for in the election based on her request. She then continued ‘how could you have voted for that man?’”
Plummer stated that once this exchange had taken place, Halgren put a stop to the breakfast meetings that they had been having as part of their standing business relationship.
“This severely impacted my ability to foster and develop relationships within Student Affairs, which is a major portion of my job responsibilities,” Plummer stated in his complaint.
Also named in Plummer’s complaint was Cassie Gerhardt, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Diversity, where it was alleged that she and Halgren treated him very hostile and in an unprofessional manner.
“Their behavior became so pervasive that others, even those working within their own area, routinely would make comments regarding their unprofessional behavior in meetings and in other actions,” Plummer stated in his complaint.
As stated by the Fix:
The former police chief noted he had been left out of COVID-19 planning meetings. He also wrote he had been dismissed for urging privacy protection for a student of color that was the focus on a Behavioral Intervention Team meeting. He claimed Halgren dismissed his comments, saying the BIT is “just a bunch of white people sitting around the table.”
In one meeting on January 28, Halgren acknowledged that she changed the way she interacted with Plummer because of his political beliefs. At the meeting, she told administrators she “could not change the way she feels just to get along.”
At one point, Halgren suggested drafting up a memorandum of understanding between herself and Plummer in order to keep the work relationship going.
Plummer went on to say that he thought that “this is inappropriate to ask for me to go back to where the harassment started to create an MOU for ‘us’ to repair an issue that was created by her discriminatory conduct.”