When it was revealed former Vice President of International Affairs Alex Chen was illegally overworking international students with no compensation, he was demoted to Professor of Marketing and took a pay cut.
Chen will teach business classes in the fall, but students should not sign up for them. Students need to boycott Chen’s classes to show UCA administration that keeping administrators who abuse their power should not be tolerated.
Chen was reassigned to be a tenured business professor instead of being fired as he should have been. Chen’s classes may be taught in Mandarin Chinese if there is a demand for it. This could mean he will teach many of the same students he illegally overworked.
UCA’s administrative problems are too severe to let anyone who violates the law and UCA policy to stay here with a high paying tenured teaching position.
Next semester, Chen will teach two Global Environment of Business classes and a Basic Marketing class. Students should not support his new position by registering for his classes.
Chen was not only overworking international students. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette revealed Chen used UCA money to make a detour to Cancun while on a business trip in Mexico with former President Allen Meadors. The Democrat-Gazette later revealed discrepencies in money used by Chen for trips to and from Hong Kong. Chen did not comment on the expenses.
Chen has shown yet again that he does not deserve a high-paying job at UCA teaching students.
If students want to help make UCA’s campus better, boycotting a corrupt professor’s classes is a good start.