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#ItsBiggerThanKSU: Advisor placed on leave after video goes viral

KENNESAW, Ga. – An academic advisor has been placed on administrative leave after an incident caught on video spread on social media.

The video was tweeted by KSU student Kevin Bruce. It showed what happened when he was waiting in the lobby of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services as he tried to see his student advisor.

A woman, identified by KSU as Abby Dawson, tells Bruce he has to leave immediately, and accuses Bruce of harassment. Dawson is the director of advising and internships in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management.

"Sitting here until somebody is available is harassing them," Dawson tells Bruce. "Would you like for me to call campus security?"

As of Thursday evening, the video had been retweeted more than 5,000 times and its hashtag, #ItsBiggerThanKSU, has been trending nationally.

Bruce followed up with other tweets saying that even when he has called ahead to make appointments, he can't get in to see his student advisor. That's why he showed up to wait, he said.

On his Facebook page, where he also posted the video, Bruce points out that it's not a racial issue -- it's a university problem that many students have had, he said.

On Friday, Kennesaw State issued a statement saying that Dawson has been placed on administrative leave pending a comprehensive investigation. University officials said the investigations is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

"Kennesaw State is dedicated to providing a positive academic experience for all students," said Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State's provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We also have a responsibility to provide all students, faculty and staff with a fair and thorough review process."

11Alive has not yet been able to reach the woman in the video.