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Examples of Workplace Conflict (Hazing, Ignorance, Abusing, Gaslighting, and Disrespect Cases) at Kean University (Wenzhou campus) Toward Foreign Faculty Members

by Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi 2021. 5. 3.

 

This is an archive of Examples of Workplace Conflict (Hazing, Ignorance, Abusing, Gaslighting, and Disrespect Cases) at Kean University (Wenzhou campus) Toward Foreign Faculty Members since May 2021 (during the COVID-19 Pandemic situation)

 

Kean Ethics Office

https://www.kean.edu/offices/ethics-office#:~:text=Ethics%20Forms,special%20state%20officers%20and%20employees.

 

Ethics Office | Kean University

 

www.kean.edu

 

 

 

 

Keywords & Definitions of Office conflicts at Kean University. 

 

- Violation of Personal Information Use (Privacy Policy of Kean System)

- Hazing Issue

- Violation of Professionalism

- Violation of School Policy

- Disrespect the Diversity

- Han Chauvinism / Racial Discrimination

- Gaslighting

 

 

 

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Summary of the Hazing Occurring at WKU CBPM (2021. May. 01) 

20210501_CBPM_Faculty_Hazing_Ethics_Violation.pptx
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A Chinese faculty coworker at WKU CBPM building shared my SNS posting of working for school improvement with our personal permission. And, he provoked, ridiculed, and made bad words on me at the pulbic SNS space for all CBPM Faculty Members. 

 

Another femal Chinese faculty added bad words on me at the public SNS space for all CBPM Faculty members. She described thathe the building is owned by China, and I should not do anything to make an improvement. In addition, she ridiculed me public. 

Violation of Personal Information use:

He used my personal picture at WeChat in public without my personal permission:

This action violates the ‘Privacy Policy’ of the Kean System.

https://www.kean.edu/privacy-policy

 

 

Inappropriate words used: Personal humiliation, ridicule, or degrading the individual is defined as “Hazing”.

 

Hazing is not acceptable by NJ State Criminal Statute 2C: 40 -3 Hazing and in Kean System.

 

https://www.kean.edu/offices/center-leadership-and-service/greek-life/hazing-education 

 

Hazing Education | Kean University

 

www.kean.edu

 

 

A reasonable suggestion of reconciliation was refused. (2021. May. 01)

This is violation of professionalism.

Professional behaviors include, but are not limited to: collaboration with supervisor, responsibility for learning opportunities, ability to receive constructive criticism, positive interpersonal skills and respect for diversity. Upon completion of Level II fieldwork, students’ performance in professional behaviors must “meet standards,” which is defined as “consistent with entry-level practice.”

https://www.kean.edu/media/2020-ot-student-manual

 

WE have a communication protol that we need to communicate with only approporate level and responsible persons.

This is violation of communication protocol.

And this is the violation of professionalism: “Collaboration with supervisor”.

 


 

The School suggested and practiced the Pass/Fail option for Remote Classes in order to accommodate the student's academic flexibility. 

When students wants to apply for Pass/Fail option, academic advisors need to check and sign on the application forms from students, and advisors need to report it to Registra.

 

Please see this website of Pass/Fail option in KU/WKU:  https://leadershipcenter.tistory.com/500

 

 

 

2021. June 10: Several Instructors suggested "unkind" and "school policy violation practices" in the public WeChat group. 

 

 

Irrelevant Message was delivered by Manager  in the public Work Space.

 

 

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2021. June 11: Faculty members were ignored at the Commencement Ceremony. 

WKU admins pushed the outdoor ceremony under the high 'rain day' condition. And it rained on the Commencement day. 

 

Students and participants moved to the CBPM building Auditorium, and Admins just invited Chinese leaders to the auditorium to perform Commencement while all foreign faculty members were stored in another building's large classroom with no guide and no participation in the ceremony. Even, foreign faculty members had no chance to take pictures with our lovely students. 

This example showed the "Ignorance, Abusing" onto Foreign Faculty members by Admins! 

 

 

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2021. 08. 13: A Suggestion of Overarching Intervention to the Other Department from Dean. 

The reaction of Limiting Boundary! (2021. Aug. 13)

 

Explaining the Reason for Limiting Boundary. 2021. Aug. 18)

 

 

 

School Admins' Ignorance of Foreign Faculty Members: 

 

2021. 08. 28. Ignoring the Returning Expense (Quarantine Cost) Reimbursement. 

 

Wenzhou Authority ignores and enforced the 'unnecessary quarantine hours! 

 

 

Food problem was not properly addressed in the Long quarantine period (5 weeks), 

Aug. 10 ~ Sept. 14, 2021 ( 5 weeks = 35 days)

2 Weeks Mandatory Quarantine by Centra Governement 

2 weeks Mandatory Quarantine by Local Government (?) 

1 week Self-monitoring Quarantine by Education Bureau (?) 

Total: Five (5) weeks = 35 days quarantine

 

The food allergy issue was not properly addressed with no solution

Food allergy: Chinese Cooking OIl, Cilantro, Fish ! 

Example of Quarantine Foods! 

 

No Chinese cooking oil, No Cilantro foods are "Plain Mantou & Rice"!

 

 

2021. 10. 11: A Faculty (Zhang Jianing - Michael) insulted  another course (MGS2150) instructors: 

 

As a teacher of FIN4998 (Thesis Writing), Zhang officially complained of "NOT TEACHING REGRESSION at Statistics course (MGS2150) make my teaching poor. Instructors of the course need to teach well" at the whole faculty meeting. 

 

In responding to the challenge, MGS2150 teachers, three senior instructors of the course proposed two resolutions. Dean ordered 'covering' extra chapters.  

 

 

 

2021. 10. 19: A Faculty (Zhang Jianing - Michael) continually post personal 'complaints' on public Social Media for public school service.  

 

 

2021. 10. 19: A Faculty (Zhang Jianing - Michael) influenced a Chinese leader (AA director) to talk about "NOT TEACHING REGRESSION at Statistics course (MGS2150)" in public, which insulted the course (MGS2150) instructors. 

 

 

 

2021. 11. 10. Connecting with Dr. Sean McKitrick (MSCHE Accreditation, Compliance, and Evaluation Facilitator) - Connected via Dr. Toby Egan and Dr. Holger 

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-mckitrick-58ba23101/

 

 

Kean USA Ethics Office (Official Complaints Form)

https://www.kean.edu/offices/ethics-office

 

Ethics Office | Kean University

 

www.kean.edu

 

ethics-complaint-form.pdf
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2021. 11. 10: Request for 3As

  • Accept
  • Apology
  • Avoid Action Plan

 

 

2021. 11. 10: Talk only for Chinese in the public space to celebrate and praise the "Chinese only Event" (Only Chinese faculty members join this talk because non-Chinese cannot understand the event done by only Chinese). - This is a violation of "English Immersive Environment" rule in Kean University (Wenzhou)

 

 

 

 

 

2021. 11. 15: Disrespect public space cases continually occur in the CBPM building. CBPM MGM Coordinator raised the issue at the Student Affairs department in Nov. 15, 2021. 

 

2021. 11. 16: WKU CBPM Dean came to the MGM coordinator, and he delivered the word from Eric Yang.  Dr. Choi explained the situation to Dean. 

 

 

2021. 11. 16. WKU HR Manager Gordon Xie wanted to have a meeting on Nov. 17. 

 

 

Meeting materials. 

 

20211115_Poster_Student_Affairs.pptx
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2021.11.17: The case of Disrespecting Bulletin Board is peacefully settling down. 

 

 

 

 

2021. 11. 24: Suspension of a Research Institute for "No Report Boss" 

Four Chinese faculty members including Chunxiao Xue and Jianing (Michael) Zhang proposed, established, and operated a research institute without informing it to CBPM Dean. 

Chinese ORSP and Academic Affairs supported and approved the research institute. 

When the research institute notify its approval, CBPM Dean suspended its operation because he did not know anything about the Research Institute. 

Something was happened out of CBPM's hand. 

 

Chinese ORSP / Academic Affairs announced that the research institute was OK.

But CBPM Dean clarified that would not be CBPM's business. 

 

 

Nov. 24, 2021 Archive: Trash Bin issue at the 2nd floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021. 12. 05: Office Conflict Due to Trash Bin! 

A Chinese female faculty refused to accommodate 'Faculty Norm' and report it to Dean. 

 

 

2021. 12. 05: Office Conflict Continue with the Chinese Female faculty (Still she refuses to talk directly). 

 

 

Responded positively, and Suggested Participation in the Group (Jan. 05, 2021). 

 

 

2022. 02.12: Logistics shut down the Faculty housing road without listening  

 

 

Suggested a solution, but refused! 

 

 

 

2022. 02.18: A Chinese Faculty setup Office Hours out of service hours! 

 

 

 

The Chinese 

 

 

 

 

2022. 02. 28: Search for the Next MGM Department Coordinator / Chair

 

 

2022.03.05: Officialize Discontinuing the Program Coordinator Role to Kean USA

 

 

 

2022. 03.29: A Chinese Faculty continues violating the Office Hours rule more than two weeks (No later than 7:30PM from WKU CBPM Dean's Order - Mar. 15, 2022 - All Faculty Meeting)  

 

2022. 04.09: A Chinese Faculty continues minimzed her compliance of the Office Hours rule (No later than 7:30PM). But, it does not cover the "School" operation time. Office hours out of school operation time is not recommendable because school staffs and admins needs to work with faculty members. 

 

The Office hour of the Chinese faculty member operated 100% "Virtual" - online meeting even she is at her office.

 

 

 

2022. 04.07: A School Staff (Guard) agressively threatened (Vulnerable) Foreign Faculty Members.

A WKU staff (night shift guard) cotinually threatened and have been aggressive to only Foreign Faculty members, especially to Vulunerable people like Women and the Old, at Faculty Housing on campus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022. 04.09: Asymetric Information: Favored Chinese Faculty Only Email from WKU ORSP.

An Anonymous WKU ORSP sender sent an Email with unnecessarily highly praising a Chinese Faculty Members' non-recoreded informal research activities in an Email. 

 

 

 

The sender was identified, and she gave a reason without fully addressing the "Disparity, Exclusivenss" concern between Foreign faculty / researchers from Chinese faculty / staffs. 

 

2022. 04.10: Asymetric Information: No Clear 3-in-1 Exam Misinformation

 

All CBPM faculty members were required participating in the 3-in-1 exam by WKU CBPM Dean on April 02. 

 

Until April 10 (One week before the 3-in-1 exam), no information. Then, questioned. 

 

CLA coordinator pointed out the process that was not informed to CBPM faculty members. 

A CBPM Colleague says 'The information is confidential"! But with no information, how can a person work for it? 

 

Thanksfully, another colleague shared an arrangement Email for 3-in-1 exam on April 17 that I did not get. 

I was not chosen as a servant for this year. And, that information should be provided for all candidate pool. 

 

 

2022. 04.10: Threatens from Chinese Admins and Chinese Faculty for 3-in-1 Exam Misinformation. 

 

Dispute continues about 3-in-1 Exam disucssion. 

A Chinese Speaking faculty threatened foreign faculty members "Don't Discuss it". 

However, the Chinese lady's claim was wrong because all 3-in-1 information was available at public internet (only in Chinese Language). This is a disparity between English user and Chinese native speaker for their main language. 

 

 

 

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/UuwdMklvXDx4dGDbcE34xQ

 

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mp.weixin.qq.com

 

 

The foreign faculty member argued "Talking about Administration, not exam"

 

 

WKU CBPM Chinese Dean threatend the Foreign Faculty!

 

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2022. 04.11: Mockery to a Foreign Faculty Member from a Chinese Worker at Faculty Housing

 

 

2022. 04. 11. Summaries of Faculty Housing Hazing, Threat, Mockery, Abusing, and Ignorance issues. 

 

 

2022. 04. 11: An official Email was sent to Onestop Service for institutional level actions. 

[REQUEST] Addressing Several Faculty Housing Issues in Recent Days!.pdf
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Official Email to OneStop Service: Faculty&Staff One-stop Service <fsoss@wku.edu.cn>

 

 

 

 

2022.04.11: Dr. Jeff Poon Family case added to the official Email to OneStop. 

Jeff Poon's Wife was verbally harassed by a construction worker near to the Science Building site a couple of days ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022.04.14-15: Victimize a Subordinate with 'Wrongfully accussed' case. 

 

A Non-CBPM faculty messed up WKU CBPM A-201 class for this personal class use. A CBPM faculty raised the issue out of class time. And, the case was discussed between CBPM and the another college. 

 

The CBPM Building Norm violator claimed that his class was interrupted but it was not corrected as evidence. 

CBPM Dean made an apology without checking the CBPM faculty with blaming without evidence. 

 

 

2022.04.18: Non-informed requeste for Simple Syllabus Approval by  Lillian Liu 

 

Dr. Lillian Liu (although she did not mention her name in the documentation), unlawfully request for amendment of Simple Syllbi of her classes (22/SPWK NGS3520 W01, W02, W09, W10) in April 18 (non-admin period for the syllabus). 

 

 

As the Liason of the Simple Syllbus process at MGM department, I immedately called for information from the sender and to all MGM faculty members. But, nothing received.

 

This example showed the Lilian Liu's violation of compliance and disrespect of process. No team spirit and no cooperation that destroy moral of Academia. 

 

2022.04.26. "Tenure but no Associate" - Double Standard Issue in Wenzhou campus.

 

"Similar Saying Evidence :3 minutes; 30 second"

 

wku cbpm dean 20210301.m4a
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This is an example of "Communication" with mixed signals about requirement of Promotion to "Associate Professor". 

 

https://youtu.be/Fp6izcmBIlc?t=166 

 

 

At the whole WKU CBPM Faculty meeting in April 26th (Tuesday), WKU CBPM Associate Dean Dr. Cao Jiang (CJ) delivered words from WKU Provost (Eric Yang) that this year tenured faculty members should not become Associate professor promotion.

 

CJ continued that 2 UTD and/or 4 ABDC journal publication were necessary to become Associate professor. 

 

 

Dr. Jerry Choi (who got tenure letter from Kean USA president (April 14, 2022) was totally upset for this "False" sentences because he did not hear anything about that double standards for Wenzhou campus. His two friends at Kean USA (Dr. Kihwan Kim and Dr. Bok-gyo Jeong at the same department in the same college) were tenured at the same year (2022) with automatic associate professor promotion with no extra application. 

 

 

Dr. Choi immedately left the meeting room and went to Dr. Eric Yang (WKU Vice Provost Academic Affairs) to check whether those words were true or false. 

 

Dr. Eric Yang said that "I do not involve the Tenure and Promotion process. And neither I mentioned about the requirement of publications such as UTD or ABDC. Probably, there is an independent associate professor promotion. Please check it with Kean ARTP. If you want to talk, please bring CJ to talk together". 

 

Dr. Choi returned back to the WKU CBPM Whole Faculty meeting, and he transferred Dr. Eric Yang's words. But, CJ ignored and refused to meet VCAA together with Dr. Choi with saying "I have another meeting. And I will talk Eric without you". 

 

As soon as the meeting was over, Dr. Choi immediately sent an Email to Kean USA ARTP with ccing relevant individuals both in Kean USA and Wenzhou. 

 

 

 

2022.04.27: Tenured but Non-Associate Promoted Situation at WKU CBPM Management & Marketing Department in 2021-2022 Academic Year.



I would like to inform this 'confidential' information that occurred in Wenzhou campus recently. 


1. Last year, I and two more Wenzhou faculty members applied to Tenure as 6th year tenure track faculty member although we did not get any information about when and how we apply for the tenure or promotion from Wenzhou administration. 

 

2. I got tenure application information from another college (computer science), and I declare and applied for Tenure to ARTP committee. I though 'Promotion' to associate should be automatic as it is described in the manual.   

 

3. I got Provost letter in Dec. 01, 2021; President letter in April 21, 2022. Positive. 

 

4. At the whole WKU CBPM faculty meeting, Dean of WKU CBPM announced that "Three tenured but no promotion". And he reasoned of our poor research quality. I was totally upset and challenged the decision to WKU provost Eric Yang. But, he did not know anything about it. 

 

5. A background check of Kean USA side taught me that "Simply because Wenzhou people did not apply for "Promotion" to promotion committee". But I did not know anything about promotion committee because non told me. 

 

6. Dr. Rhee suggested me to apply 'promotion' this coming October though I got totally disadvantaged. 

 

7. WKU CBPM Dean Dr. CJ and three tenured but non-promoted faculty members had a meeting to resolve this issue. 

 

This is the wrap-up final comments when I have an intensive discussion of "Tenure, Promotion" issues at Kean University (Wenzhou)'s CBPM Associate Dean Dr. Cao Jiang.  You can hear it. It's around 3 minutes, but you can sense what stressed Wenzhou faculty members got from admin. 

 

https://youtu.be/4GeiW54e2rU

 

Briefly speaking, KUSA - WKU CBPM have: 

1)  Asymmetric Information of Research Requirement from KUSA / WKU / CBPM?  (What is the condition of tenure & promotion from KUSA Provost? WKU ? and WKU CBPM?)

 

2) Unrealistic faculty job offers only for Chinese local? 

3) What is the WKU Identity? Chinese Institution? Sino-American Institution?

 

 

2022.04.28. Unclear and Mixed Signaling from WKU CBPM Dean in Operation

 

Encourage or Discourage? 

 

 

 

2022.05.01: Potential "Conflict OF Interest" (External Activity for Extra Compensation) 

 

https://digitalcommons.kean.edu/evidence_inventory/237/

 

Conflict of Interest Law

In cooperation with the New Jersey State Ethics Commision, the ELO is in charge of monitoring any Conflicts of Interests or appearance of Conflicts of Interest at Kean University. The Conflict Law, N.J.S.A. 52:13D-23(e)(2), requires employees, who engage i

digitalcommons.kean.edu

 

 

May 14, 2022. A CBPM Member made an exteran speech (fully non-English lecture outside of Kean Campus) at a private educational institution. Official Report for "Outside Activity" for extra Compensation was unknown.  

The Center refused to provide "Financial Reward" for external lecture. 

 

 

May 12, 2022: No Thank You Letter! 

A new WKU CBPM Economics professor (Philip Liang) remotely askes IRB Processes in KUSA / Wenzhou for his research at WKU CBPM whole faculty meeting (May 10, 2022).

As a IRB director of WKU CBPM, Dr. Jerry Choi shared his information via Email. But no confirmation nor appreciation. 

 

 

 

 

 

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2022.05.12.  No Thank You Letter! 

2022.05.01: Potential "Conflict OF Interest" (External Activity for Extra Compensation) 

2022.04.28. Unclear and Mixed Signaling from WKU CBPM Dean in Operation

2022.04.27: Tenured but Non-Associate Promoted Situation at WKU CBPM Management & Marketing Department in 2021-2022 Academic Year.

 

2022.04.26. "Tenure but no Associate" - Double Standard Issue in Wenzhou campus.

2022.04.18: Non-informed requeste for Simple Syllabus Approval by  Lillian Liu 

2022.04.11: Victimize a Subordinate with 'Wrongfully accussed' case. 

2022.04.11: Harassing, Ignorance, and Code of Conduct Violation Issues toward WKU Faculty Housing Residents moved to another Website. 

 

https://leadershipcenter.tistory.com/570

 

Harassing, Ignorance, and Code of Conduct Violation Issues toward WKU Faculty Housing Residents

2022. 04.07: A School Staff (Guard) agressively threatened (Vulnerable) Foreign Faculty Members. A WKU staff (night shift guard) cotinually threatened and have been aggressive to only Foreign Facult..

leadershipcenter.tistory.com

 

2022. 04. 11: An official Email was sent to Onestop Service for institutional level actions. (1. Agressive Threats from a Night Guard issue; 2. Agressive Mockery from a Student Dormitory construction worker in front of Faculty Housing; 3. Construction noises 'outside of regualr work hours' and weekend; 4. No Taxi service at Faculty Housing). A family's harassment case added to the Email. 

 

 

2022. 04.10: Threatens from Chinese Admins and Chinese Faculty for 3-in-1 Exam Misinformation. 

 

2022. 04.10: Asymetric Information: No Clear 3-in-1 Exam Misinformation

2022. 04.09: Asymetric Information: Favored Only Chinese Faculty with disgrading and/or Ignoring Foreign faculty's research achivements Email from WKU ORSP.

2022. 04.07: A School Staff (Guard) agressively threatened (Vulnerable) Foreign Faculty Members.

2022. 04.09: A Chinese Faculty continues minimzed her compliance of the Office Hours rule (No later than 7:30PM). But, it does not cover the "School" operation time. 

2022. 03.29: A Chinese Faculty continue violating the Office Hours (No later than 7:30PM from WKU CBPM Dean's Order - Mar. 15, 2022 - All Faculty Meeting)  

2022. 02.18: A Chinese Faculty setup Office Hours out of service hours!  

2022. 02.12: Logistics shut down the Faculty housing road without listening  

2021. 12. 05: Office Conflict Continue with the Chinese Female faculty 

2021. 12. 05: Office Conflict Due to Trash Bin! 

2021. 11. 24: Suspension of Research Institution  

2021. 11. 15~17: Disrespect Shared Space issue "Talk" 

2021. 11. 10. Connecting with Dr. Sean McKitrick

2021.10.19: Unacceptable misbehavior continued by a faculty member. 

2021.10.11: Insulting another course instructor at the public faculty meeting.  

2021.08.13: Limiting the Boundary of MGM Coordinator Role. 

2021.06.11: Isolation from Commencement Ceremony

2021.05.01: Archives since May 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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