Connect with us

Academics

This Lawyer Was Fired from Ohio Christian University for Investigating Misconduct

The university president and his son were the ones who were misconducting themselves.

Published

on

Jeremy Davitz, former general counsel of Ohio Christian University, filed a lawsuit against the college for blocking his investigation of alleged harassment and inappropriate conduct. According to Inside Higher Ed, the offenders in question are Mark Smith, former president of Ohio Christian, and his son Doug, former student and employee of the school.

Davitz reported that Smith and his son left Ohio Christian over allegations of sexual harassment, racist remarks, and antisemitism. One of the women affected by these allegations has filed a complaint against Doug Smith with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other have come forward since the lawsuit to share their knowledge of the misconduct. According to the lawsuit, Doug Smith was accused of:

  • Stating that he “hates black people,” and that “all black people act like they are entitled to everything”
  • Sharing that he “hates Mexicans,” and that “they’re all freeloaders”
  • Saying that he “hates gay people”
  • Telling a co-worker to “stop being such a Jew” when a mistake was made
  • Mocking Jews by imitating them
  • Starting rumors that a fellow employee was only hired for being “sexually promiscuous”
  • Sticking his finger in a female co-worker’s mouth, and alleging that if she closed her mouth on his finger she “is a slut”
  • Taking photograph’s of a female co-worker’s bottom and posting it on social media, with the caption “This is why we hire women”

The report also alleges that when Mark Smith was confronted about his son’s behavior, he lashed out at Davitz and aggressively defended the actions by stating that Doug was a “victim of tremendous hardships.” Davitz shared that he consulted an ethics board of lawyers in Ohio, and came to the conclusion that the behavior of the Smith’s needed to be investigated so that appropriate action could be taken. Upon beginning the investigation, Davitz’s duties as general counsel were gradually reduced until he was completely ousted from his position.

Since the allegations came out, Mark Smith accepted a position as president of Columbia International University, another Christian university located in South Carolina. Doug Smith reportedly is employed at Columbia International as well, but it is unclear in what capacity. Ohio Christian declined to comment to Inside Higher Ed, stating that they will not speak during litigation. Columbia International told Greenville News  that they conducted full background checks and that Mark was transparent about the lawsuit during the hiring process.

 

 

Did you enjoy this article? Consider supporting College Media Network's mission to support the next generation of journalists. For as little as $2 a month, you can help keep our site ad-free and the future of journalism alive. Go here to donate.

Carla is a recent graduate of Touro College in New York City, where she developed a keen ability to joke her way out of anything. She has previously worked for the Mayor's Office of New York, as well as ABC7 Eyewitness News. She is currently the Senior Editor at CMN, and can be reached at carla@collegemedianetwork.com.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government1 day ago

West Virginia Just Impeached Its Entire Supreme Court

West Virginia recently decided to impeach their entire Supreme Court.

by , College of the Holy Cross
Business1 day ago

FDA Approves First Ever Generic EpiPen in the United States

Allergy sufferers may not have to face the steep bill for their medications anymore.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
National News3 days ago

UK Parliament Crash: Man Arrested, At Least 3 Injured

A car crash in Westminster is being treated as a potential terrorist attack.

by , Cal Poly SLO
National News3 days ago

Italy bridge: Genoa Motorway Collapse, Reportedly 22 Fatalities

Officials have confirmed that at least 22 people have died and another eight are injured.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
Awww4 days ago

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is Gravely Ill, According to Several Reports

Aretha Franklin is surrounded by friends and family in a Detroit hospital.

by , American University
Equality5 days ago

‘Unite the Right 2’ Plans Rally Outside the White House

One year after the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va. -- white supremacists' are producing an encore.

by , American University
Government7 days ago

Space Force is Happening. No, Really.

Science fiction turns into reality with "Space Force."

by , College of the Holy Cross
Equality1 week ago

Brawl in Brooklyn Nail Salon Sparks Racial Tensions

A bad eyebrow waxing turns into a racial dispute.

by , Cal Poly SLO

Top Reads