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#ItsBiggerthanKSU: KSU apologizes for adviser's behavior in viral video

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University officials have apologized for a student adviser's behavior in an incident that was captured on video and spread on social media.


The video, which was tweeted by KSU student Kevin Bruce, showed adviser Abbie Dawson tell Bruce that he has to leave immediately. Dawson also accused Bruce of harassment.

Dawson was placed on administrative leave on May 15.

After a review of the incident, KSU said that Dawson has been given a formal written warning, and will be temporarily reassigned. She will not be allowed to advise students unless she completes sensitivity training "demonstrates the ability to be sensitive to students and their needs."

"We have made it very clear to Ms. Dawson and her supervisors that the behavior she demonstrated on the video will not be tolerated; and while we have apologized to the student directly, we also want to publicly apologize for her behavior, which is not representative of KSU's student-centered culture," said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president of academic affairs. "While we in no way condone Ms. Dawson's actions, we also acknowledge that we need to make some changes in our advising structure to provide more training and support for our staff so that they are better equipped to help our students navigate their college experience."

KSU said that it's making several changes to improve academic advisement policies after a review of the incident.

The college's advising process will undergo changes including:

*Moving away from a department-administered model, and centralizing the academic advising process for the entire College, under the direction of Roxanne Donovan, currently the interim associate dean of Humanities and Social Sciences;

*Student-service, diversity and cross-training for all advisors; and

*Additional advising staff to ensure proper advisor-to-student ratios.

Read Kennesaw State's statement.