Official statement regarding Raymond Taylor arrest

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 8, 2010) — Raymond Devaughn Taylor, a part-time instructor at Kennesaw…

Georgia (Dec 8, 2010)KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 8, 2010) — Raymond Devaughn Taylor, a part-time instructor at Kennesaw State University, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 6, for allegedly removing all of his clothing while standing in front of students in the accounting class he taught.  

Taylor, 57, of Kennesaw, has been charged with public indecency. Kennesaw State officials have terminated Taylor’s affiliation with the university, effective immediately. He will not return to his part-time teaching post, nor have access to the campus.
 
The alleged classroom incident with Taylor occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 30, between 4:35 and 4:45 p.m., in the final accounting class that he taught for the fall semester. The incident was reported on Friday, Dec. 3 to Kennesaw State academic officials, who immediately requested an investigation by the Kennesaw State University police department.
 
Taylor was questioned and subsequently arrested by KSU police officers on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 6. He was transported to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center (CCADC), where he was booked and held on the charge of public indecency. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Taylor was released from the CCADC on a $5,000 bond. 
 
Kennesaw State University Interim Provost W. Ken Harmon is encouraging any students who would like to report or talk about the incident to take advantage of university resources that are available to them.
 
“Kennesaw State fosters an environment where students are encouraged to report inappropriate and unethical behavior,” Harmon stated. “Counselors in the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services are available to students who would like to address this matter. Also, if there are other aspects of this case which students would like to report, they should feel free to contact the university’s Department of Public Safety.”
 
Arlethia Perry-Johnson, KSU’s vice president for external affairs, said student safety is the university’s highest priority. "Our academic and public safety officials took this incident very seriously, and everyone involved took swift action to address it,” Perry-Johnson stated. “Our utmost concern is for the safety and welfare of our students, and we encourage them to report any incident that makes them feel uncomfortable in the classroom."
 
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