Former public safety director sues HACC

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 26, 2013 5:52 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Harrisburg Area Community College says an investigation has concluded a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against the school by a former public safety coordinator is unfounded.

Todd Crawley alleges he was removed from his position after refusing to create "a false report" regarding the school's compliance with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act during a 2012 audit.

He says he alerted superiors the college hadn't established a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program.

He alleges that, in March, he was blocked from performing his duties as director of public safety, but he wasn't given a new title.

He's seeking reinstatement and back pay.

The school says an independent investigation conducted by Brett Sokolow between March and this month found no evidence of misconduct or retaliation.

Sokolow, an expert in higher education, is president and CEO of The NCHERM Group LLC in Malvern. 

School officials say the lawsuit is unfounded.

**This story has been updated to include more information about HACC's independent investigation**  6/26/13  2:25 p.m.

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