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ST. GEORGE — Two long-time Dixie State University music professors were fired Friday to the dismay of many students.
Glenn Webb and Ken Peterson, both tenured professors of 10-plus years, were terminated on the grounds of violating university policy, according to a statement issued by DSU.
The exact policy violations were not specified by the university, which said they fell under “DSU Policy 371.” The policy includes a wide scope of reasons for corrective action, such as incompetence, insubordination, disorderly conduct, discourteous or abusive treatment of others and unsuitability to job requirements.
“Dixie State has made a decision regarding some of my actions, which I do not dispute,” Webb said before an audience of students and faculty gathered in support of the professors. “They are my actions, I did what I did.
“My attorney, Mr. James Elegante, and I don’t believe it is an egregious or even serious violation of policy,” Webb said, noting that he could not go into detail about the case while an appeal is pending.
Peterson said the reason for his termination was based on hearsay witness statements saying he said derogatory things about certain university employees.
“There were about eight paragraphs basically detailing hearsay of derogatory things I have said about people,” Peterson said. “We have opinions about things and this happened.”