1. Observations of the employee at work were made on (Dates) March 15.
July 17. July 20. July 24. July 27, July 31. Auqust 8, Auqust 11 .
and Auqust 22. 2006
Response: Above it was stated that I was observed on Wed. Mar.
15, 2006. At that time, I was teaching in room K302,
with the classroom door closed, and no administrator was inside the
classroom. On the other dates, observation would have had to been of
my website, as I was teaching online during the second summer session held
Mon July 17 to Sat Aug 19. I would have been in the classroom on
Tues Aug 22 and Chairperson Richard Sherer did come into the classroom.
Though the session was finished, I continued to come in to work with
small groups of students in room K302, (1) on building a web page for
the start-up Internet and Computer Club (1a), (2) assisting a student
with hooking up with Pay-Pay for a subscription service he was trying to
launch, and (3) allow other students to check their email and work on
the web. The 3rd group was admittedly a problem (discussed
later), and admittedly and there was a discussion about having any
student-not-enrolled-in-that-scheduled class being in the classroom,
which Chairman Sherer was correct about.
(1a) I have several emails
prior to that period discussing starting the Internet and Computer Club,
which can be provided. (2a) I worked with a former student,
BR, on his business website (proof available).
2. Conferences with this
employee were held on (Dates) Via Email (note: Joseph Auciello tauqht
online durinq this time period) March
15. Julv 24. July 27.
Auqust 8. Auqust 11 and conference was attempted on Julv 31
in a meetinq called by
Harris in which
Josegh Auciello was absent
Response: Above it was stated
that conferences were held via Email on March 15, July 24, July 27, Aug 8,
and Aug 11.
There was no email sent,
i.e., conferences by emails held, on March 15, Aug 8,
and Aug 11; emails were sent on July 24 and July 27. The
above statement is not entirely correct.
3. The services
ofthis employee are considered to be unsatisfactory during the period
indicated for the following causes. (See reverse side for appropriate
violation of or refusal to obey state laws and rules of the LACCD governing
2) Unprofessional conduct - refusal to obey requests and directives of
department chair, deans, and other
4. The following charges support the above cause(s) (Attach additional
sheets if necessary).
1) On July 24,2006, Dean Arzamsa emailed Joseph Auciello in response to
complaints from online students
regarding the violation of their privacy on his course website (e.g.,
students' email, grades, etc. were posted on the website). In the email,
Dean Arzamsa stated "you need to immediately take the name of the students
. other identifiers) and their grades off of your website and stop offering
extra points to the students' for any non- classroom activities. Please
inform me of your corrective actions". In Dean Azarmsa's email he also
stated "A student's grade, when displayed alongside that student's name, is
considered personally identifiable student information under federal and
state law as well as our own Board Rules, and we cannot release or display
such information without the student's written consent. The rosters should
be taken down."
2) On July 27, 2006, Dean Arzamsa emailed Joseph Auciello because his course
website still contained student information and indicated "Despite the
directive on July 24, 2006, regarding the immediate removal of the students'
name and their grades from your website and, your assurance on July 24,
2006; your website has not changed. I checked your website today and did not
notice any change; students' name and their grades still were posted on your
website. At this time, I am formally turning this matter to.the Campus
Compliance Officer, Dr. Letia Royal for further action."
3) As of August 22, 2006 - student-identifying information is still evident
on Joseph Auciello's course website.
4) On July 24, 2006 an email was sent from Department Chair Sherer to Joseph
Auciello regarding unauthorized usage of classroom/lab facilities. In the
email, Chair Sherer states "From today, you are not to use any laboratory
facilities without departmental authorization in advance. If you wish to use
a lab for your summer session II on-line classes, provide justification and
request specific dates and times from the department."
was in response to
incidents on July 17, 2006 in which Professor Auciello took over a classroom
that was currently being used and previously scheduled for Instructor Ms.
Kapaku and again on July 20, 2006 when a computer lab technician reported
that Joseph Auciello had, without approval from the department chair, opened
a computer lab for individuals and then left them unsupervised in the room.
These individuals included students who are not enrolled at the college.
S) On July
- despite Department Chair
Sherer's email directive on July 24th (above), Professor Auciello continued
to use laboratory facilities without authorization. In an em ail on July,
2ih, Chair Sherer again directed
Joseph Auciello to request authorization from the chair for use of
instructional facilities as follows: "You are in
direct violation of the directive you were sent on 24 July 2006,
"Computer Lab Usaqe". (As you will recall, it was
unauthorized use of laboratory resources that necessitated that directive.)
This morning, on z: """:i 2006, without permission, you again gained
access to a computer lab that you are not authorized to use aOO allowed use
of the facility by others. Further, you were not even present in the lab
when I observed this but permitted the unsupervised use of the computers
while you were in your office."
6) On August 8, 2006, Joseph Auciello went to Bill Gasper and Sinda McKinney
requesting use of facilities
consulting with the
department chair, as he was previously directed to do.
7) On March 15, 2006 - Dean Azarmsa sent Joseph Auciello an email directing
him to consult with and receive approval from Dean Barajas and his
department chair prior to visiting local schools and requesting classes. In
Dean Azarmsa's email he states, "While I appreciate your enthusiasm for
teaching, I have to reiterate that connecting with high school and teaching
courses at high school should, in addition to your Department, be consulted
and approved by Leticia Barajas, Dean of Academic Affairs, as mentioned to
you by the President, too. You seem overlooking the policy and the procedure
and making it hard to assist you. Your first stop is your Department Chair.
Once you are clear to teach, then we move to the next step."
8) On July 31st, a meeting was scheduled with Joseph Auciello by President
Harris to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the department chair,
administrators, and appropriate protocol at the college. This meeting
included Chair Sherer, Dean Azarmsa, and Vice President Drummond. Joseph
Auciello did not attend the meeting. As a result, Vice President Drummond
emailed Joseph Auciello reiterating the roles, responsibilites, and
authority of the Chair, Dean, and others. In that email Vice President
Drummond stated "In particular the issLies of the past two weeks, with your
course website (e.g., the posting of grades with information that identifies
students) and the use of the lab facilities without approval of the
department chair, are issues that were in violation of college/district
rules and state and federal law. As such, the department chair and dean
exercised their appropriate authority when making decisions and directing
you to cease such activities. As such, I did not respond to emaHs, phone
calls, or references of the lab issue by the Vice President of Student
Services"... "Therefore, I request that you address your requests and
concerns to your department chair and decisions by the department chair will
be upheld. In addition, I request that you refrain from sending or cc'ing
emaHs to the president and me on departmental issues/correspondence because
it does not follow the protocol outlined above, as a result, we will not
respond to such emails"..."This protocol and handling of such matters
ensures that departments can be managed efficiently, effectively, and
collegially by the department chair and enables the dean, vice presidents,
and president to attend to administrative matters."
9) On August 17, 2006, Associate Dean Dorothy Smith emailed President
Chapdelaine in response to concerns by an administrator at Fremont High
School about Joseph Auciello's visitations and behavior at their school.
Dorothy Smith relayed that the school administrator, "Ms. Simone wanted me
to speak to him (Joseph Auciello) about aggressively coming on campus and
meeting with her staff without her approval. I spoke to him, but he made a
Joseph Auciello did not comply with Dean Azarma's directive not to visit
schools without prior consultation/approval by his department chair and Dean
Barajas and did not heed Associate Dean Smith's or Ms. Simone's request that
he not visit Fremont without prior approval.
5. The following suggestions have been made to help this employee improve:
(Use additional sheet if necessary.)
1) Follow department policy regarding facility utilization and board policy
on attendance of non-registered individuals. 2) Follow the protocol for
handling departmental matters that was outlined in Vice President Drummond's
emaH on July 31,2006.
3) Immediately bring course website into compliance with regulations and
practices that protect students' rights to
privacy or remove website.
comply with directives of the department chair, dean, vice president, or
other college administrators. Lack of adherence to such directives will be
considered insubordination / unprofessional conduct.
I HAVE RECEIVED A
OF THIS REPORT BUT MY
SIGNATURE DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE MY AGREEMENT. I UNDERSTAND THAT ANY
WRITTEN STATEMENT I FORWARD TO THE PERSONNEL SERVICES DIVI SION RFGARnlNG