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From the executive director

From the executive director

April 2, 2018William Braniff

Below is a statement from START's executive director, William Braniff, sent to START faculty and staff on Monday, April 4.


Recently START was contacted by a student journalist from another institution regarding previous conduct of a newly appointed START employee. We are now learning the extent of the claims through the media story that was published today.

This employee came highly recommended from academic and government colleagues and this inquiry was the first instance in which START and the university had heard of the allegations. Upon hearing these allegations, we immediately contacted this individual's previous employer and are seeking information so that we may take appropriate actions.

The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance. We have removed him from the online course he had been assigned to teach this fall and will reassign it to another instructor while we review these allegations. At no time has this individual interacted with students during his brief time at the University of Maryland.

I am available to meet with students or faculty who are concerned by these allegations, and want to give each of you my personal assurance to our commitment to a university that is free of sexual misconduct.

Bill Braniff