New details, police report on professor under investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/30/10

New details, police report on professor under investigation

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A police report, albeit brief and vague, sheds new light on the case of a Texas Tech Health Sciences Center professor who is under investigation. Dr. Rod Hicks was removed from his professorship of the Endowed Chair for Patient safety on June 24th.

The HSC removed Hicks from the endowed chair at the written request of University Medical Center, which put up the money for the program in 2008.

Sources originally said Dr. Hicks was caught viewing sexually oriented material while he was out of town and instructing students via video conference. Our sources say Hicks did not close the video feed after class. However, we have learned that the video may have been pre-recorded and posted to the Internet for students to watch. It started with official instruction and then continued on with his personal Internet usage.

A Texas Tech police report is only one sentence long and says "On the dates and times listed on the coversheet of this report, inappropriate Internet Instant Messages were reported at the Health Sciences Center." It says the "incident" happened between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on May 25th and was reported on June 22nd.

Is this the same incident that our sources said occurred last week or were there two separate incidents? Texas Tech police did not return calls Wednesday. Aside from losing the endowed chair, is Hicks still employed? The Health Sciences Center refuses to confirm or deny that Hicks is still employed with the university. Spokesperson Mary Croyle says in an email to KCBD NewsChannel 11 "TTUHSC cannot comment on personnel matters." However, Hicks' faculty page on the HSC website has been removed as well as many other web pages pertaining to Hicks.

Hicks' state-issued cell phone rang without answer Wednesday afternoon and a call to Hicks' extension at the HSC was answered by someone saying "he's not here right now." A call to his private cell phone resulted in a recording that says "your call cannot be completed."

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