18 San Jose State University Resident Advisors Fired or Resign

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    San Jose State University has fired resident advisors at several dorms, university officials confirmed Wednesday. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    San Jose State University has fired resident advisors at several of its dorms, university officials confirmed Wednesday.

    University spokesperson Pat Lopez Harris said 18 resident advisors, 20 percent of the university’s overall housing staff, were fired or resigned. She could not comment on why the employees were let go because it is a "personnel matter."

    Several students told NBC Bay Area the firings were linked to an incident involving underage drinking on campus.

    Others fear the university is unfairly targeting resident advisors.

    “I think it is not the RAs that are at fault,” student Alexia Ellis said. “It might be the managers regulating the RAs.”

    The employee shakeup comes months after a black student was reportedly harassed by four white roommates at a campus dorm.

    Last month, the alleged victim, Donald Williams Jr., filed a $5 million claims against the university. He claims he was bullied, taunted and that his roommates put a U-shaped bike lock around his neck.

    The recent firing of resident advisors is unrelated to the alleged hate-crime case, Harris said.

    Meanwhile, students who live in the dorms said, since the alleged hate crime came to light, they don't feel much has changed in campus housing.

    "I just feel when you report a problem, they don't do anything to help you," Ellis said. "For me and my roommate, our situation was not resolved. No one helped us in the end."

    For now, the university is handling the 18 open positions by using existing staff and by asking RAs hired for fall to report to work early.