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Fired professor meets with UNF to plea for his job

New Story: https://www.unfspinnaker.com/carousel/2010/03/24/unf-officially-dismisses-giuma/

Professor Tayeb Giuma, the electrical engineering professor who was recently fired for various misconduct issues, met with Provost Mark Workman March 15 for a predetermination conference to discuss details surrounding his termination notice.

Giuma declined to address specifics but said the meeting was “cordial and friendly.”

Giuma’s attorney, Mark Levine, said there was “good discussion” and “incredibly positive dialogue.”

Levine said the university now has to decide whether to proceed with the termination. If so, the appeal process will begin, he said.

Levine also declined to speak about the details of the meeting, which lasted about an hour, but he did rule out some topics that did not come up.

Professor Nick Coulter and Giuma’s relationship did not come up at the meeting, and neither did the two-by-four incident for which Giuma now faces a battery charge. Giuma said he did not speak at all during the meeting.

The next pretrial for his battery charge is April 6.

Giuma is still staying positive despite his situation.

“I’m optimistic,” Giuma said. “I think justice will prevail.”

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  • E

    Eyes Wide ShutMar 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

    We are all very optimistic too. Justice will prevail, Giuma. You will never be allowed to terrorize employees or students at UNF again and your days of faking scholarship are over. Your very bad karma has finally caught up with you.

  • A

    Alumni09Mar 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Amazing that a man this passionate about his job sat for an hour and did not say a word, If I was fighting for my job, and didn’t do anything wrong, I would certainly say something in my defense – I guess, that is, if I had a defense….. Maybe the lawyer thought there would be less damage if he said nothing at all, what a shame, time to move on, he is a disgrace to the University and the community.

  • J

    JohnMar 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    The man is out of control, dangerous and a disgrace to UNF. Not only does he need to be fired but he also needs to do a little prison time to see how much of a bad ass he really is. No matter what he says, he will not change his ways.

  • T

    Todd HarrisMar 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    It is amazing and telling that our “educators” have the time and resources to continually pay attention to this guy. He has demosnstrated, time after time, year after year , both in school and at home that he has no business being around kids. Administrators wonder why they are strapped for cash. Hello, how many 6 figure employes have dealt with Giuma? Over what time period? Maybe the “educators” are the ones that need a little education.

    Fire him, deal with his BS law suit when it comes and move on to educating our kids.

  • R

    ReallyMar 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I was perplexed at the beginning of this article on how it would even be possible for a meeting involving Giuma to be “cordial and friendly”. That does not seem to match with the volatile personality we have come to know. I guess considering all Giuma’s legal and professional indiscretions maybe he has opened up and admitted mistakes. Maybe he spoke from the heart about his love for the University and how he feels he can change his ways………..

    Not a chance. “Giuma said he did not speak at all during the meeting.” This guy doesn’t even speak at a meeting to save his job. Maybe he tried to speak from the heart, but there was nothing to say. I guess the term “cordial and friendly” can be considered relative. My theory is that Giuma would describe a meeting that ends with him yelling and swinging a 2X4 as “civil”…