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UPDATE: Dordt Associate Professor Fired

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt College in Sioux Center says the school’s Board of Trustees has fired their band director, who has been on leave for nearly two weeks following accusations of inappropriate contact with students.
Dordt Vice President of Enrollment & Marketing, Brandon Huisman, made the announcement.

Information surfaced beginning October 8th regarding Miedema’s inappropriate solicitation and elicit contact with students. Huisman says the investigation continues.

Huisman says the school takes the events seriously and says they are committed to the health of their students and faculty by providing care and counseling for everyone involved. He says Dordt remains committed to finding healing, while remaining centered on their mission to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively towards Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.

The college asks if anyone has information that may be relevant to the investigation, to contact either Howard Wilson, Chief Administrative Officer or Robert Taylor, Dean of Students. 

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Original post 1:30pm, 10/11/2018

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt College in Sioux Center has placed an associate professor on leave after the college received information regarding inappropriate contact with students.

KIWA has obtained an email sent by Dordt Provost Dr. Eric Forseth to the Dordt campus community in which he says Dr. Bradley Miedema, associate professor of music, and director of instrumental ensembles at Dordt, has been placed on leave, pending a further decision from the college’s Board of Trustees at their regular meeting next week.

Forseth’s email says the college is working with those involved to move forward in ways that acknowledge the seriousness of the actions, and in ways they believe will lead to a Christ-centered resolution, healing, and hope.

According to the email, Dordt Campus Ministries and Student Services are working to serve the campus community as the college seeks to fully understand the nature of this situation, and find the best ways forward. 

Dr. Forseth’s email says Dordt remains committed to their mission to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.  He says they value their students’ and employees’ well-being, and are committed to ministering to those affected by this situation.

Forseth also invited and encouraged the Dordt community to commit the situation to God in prayer in the days ahead.

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