In a scandal that is rocking a small Christian university in Louisiana, a sex tape surfaced this week that implicates a high-ranking administrator. Southern University has released information about the way it plans to handle the shocking allegations.
A “private” video, which supposedly shows an important official being intimate with a graduate student, appeared on a pornographic website a few days ago. Xtube published a shared tape that featured a married staff member having sex with a current graduate student. The video has been removed from the site.
The university made a statement Tuesday concerning the allegations. They did not verify the involvement of individuals in question, but they addressed the information they received about the online incident involving an educator and student.
“Southern University has received reports regarding a private video posted and shared online involving a university employee and/or student. Because of implications that a cyber-crime may have occurred, we take matters like this very seriously.”
Sources are confirming that the administrator involved is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Brandon Dumas. However, no evidence has proven his connection to the video.
If it is Dumas, he is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana who is married with two daughters. According to his faculty page, he was appointed Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Southern University and A&M College on November 1, 2012. The position requires that Dr. Dumas oversee an annual budget over $21,000,000.00. He is also directed to foster an atmosphere favorable to the “pursuit of knowledge” and provide “disciplinary standards that are in the best interest of the University and its students.”
His appointment involves the oversight of a number of school programs, services, and the University Counseling Center. Dr. Dumas has worked for the university in various capacities for over six years and actively participates in a number of religious and civic organizations.
He is a Deacon at the Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church and describes himself as “deeply religious.” Therefore, his alleged fall from grace could have serious consequences.
The female in the tape has been reported to be the former Miss Southern Shanice Sam. She is a graduate student at the University and works as the Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at Southern University A&M College.
The following video shows a lengthy Miss Southern competition and Sam’s subsequent coronation.
The University is investigating at least two violations. The cyber crime allegation involves the leaking of the video without the owner’s consent. That type of “revenge porn” is against campus policy.
The second issue concerns the location of the film. It is believed to have taken place on University property. If that is the case, the school will determine whether any policies have been broken and deliver the “appropriate action.”
The tape has caused a backlash of anger among university officials and students. Sonja Norwood delivered a Facebook rant that calls on the University to “act on the situation” immediately. She explains that the University’s reputation is at stake and encourages investigators to delve into the issue. Taking someone’s word for it is not enough, she said and demands that both individuals be placed on administrative leave.
Although consensual sex between two adults isn’t a violation of campus policy, the allegations surrounding the video point to troubling decisions made by the individuals involved. If Dumas and Sam are the people in the tape, officials also wonder who posted the video. It’s obvious that someone filmed the act too. No one has come forward as of yet. Because of the University’s policy on cyber crime, it’s unlikely that anyone will admit to the leak.
Right now, Southern University is doing its best to overcome the negative publicity surrounding the scandal. It’s unknown what disciplinary action will follow the investigations.
Neither person allegedly involved has received any punishment by the school. The real victim in the affair is Dumas’s family. They will need support if it’s confirmed that he was the man in the video.