The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday accepted the resignation of a program director who was accused of improperly aiding a student on a certification exam.
Board members unanimously approved the resignation of Robert Shields after holding a closed executive session. Shields was the director of the college’s Electrical & Electronics Technology Program.
“Mr. Shields submitted his resignation voluntarily,” college President W. Myles Shelton said. “He submitted his letter as we were opening the investigation.”
Shields could not be reached for comment.
The college’s president’s office began looking into the matter after student Joshua Araujo told the board in January that Shields had offered to give him the questions and answers to an upcoming certification exam.
The certification group, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, is working with Galveston College on the investigation, Shelton said.
College spokesman Joe Huff said the investigation is looking into whether Shields offered to help multiple students.
“As far as we know, there’s no indication that there were other students involved,” Huff said.
There could be as many as six students who took the certification test, including Araujo, Shelton said. None of those students have been certified, most likely because of the ongoing investigation, he said.
“This is a very disconcerting allegation,” Shelton said. “We certainly have great concern over this matter and we are working to investigate and find the answers to why it happened, how it happened.”
Araujo declined to comment on the events leading up to the investigation, but he said he feels the college needs to aid the students who haven’t yet received their certification.
“I don’t know what the school is planning on doing to remedy this,” Araujo said.