Fairmont State University Official On Leave, Under Investigation
Written by Tom Kippen
Last updated on April 04, 2013 @ 2:18PM
Created on February 07, 2013 @ 7:24PM
A Fairmont State University official is on unpaid administrative leave amid an investigation which may involve the FBI. David Tamm was placed on administrative paid leave on January 28th amid this investigation and was later moved to unpaid administrative leave as of last Thursday, according to Fairmont State University.
The information surrounding the investigation is unknown at this time. Fairmont State University says the investigation is being conducted by campus police and at this time it is unknown if Tamm or anyone has been charged. Tamm has served as vice president and the university's chief information office since September of 2009. He was hired in 2005 as the director of network security and servers. With the investigation in the early stages and little information known, it is leaving students on campus wondering why they are being left in the dark.
Fairmont State University student Christopher Fenton told 5 News; "It's very agitating, like people are saying he's under investigation, without telling people why. Like what's the point? I mean if they're not going to inform us why? Then why should they even write it and why should they even account for it if it's not such a big ordeal that they can't tell us what it is"
5 News reached out to various officials Thursday for a comment, including Fairmont State University Police and the United States Attorney's Office, but neither would comment on the matter. 5 News also tried to reach President Maria C. Bennett Rose but she was unavailable for comment. There are some conflicting reports as to whether or not a federal probe is underway. We were able to get in touch with Ann Booth, the director of university communications, and here is what she had to say.
"We cannot confirm, the university does not confirm that a federal probe is underway. We have indicated a an extensive and thorough on campus investigation with on campus police "
Ann Booth also sent a campus wide email out Thursday and says the following.
"To the Fairmont State University community:
David Tamm, vice president and chief information officer, has been placed on administrative leave due to an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information that would assist with this investigation is encouraged to contact chief of police Jack Clayton at (304) 367-4157. Should you need help or assistance with information technology issues please contact Andy Raisovich, director of administrative systems at (304) 367-4682.
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