Professor will be terminated due to inappropriate Relationship with now deceased student
Update: May 16: NowPublic contributer, everchanging , has been following this story from Arizona and provided me with this link that has an interview with the Girls father about the 911 call to police.
at 01:39 on May 9th, 2008
Psychology professor 51 years old, Michael Todd is to be fired (terminated) for “inappropriate Relationship” with a female student who died at his condo on April 20th, 2008.
Andria Ziegler, the 19 year old student died about an hour after medical personnel where called to his condo. Phoenix police are investigating but aren’t calling the case a homicide. A cause of death is pending toxicology results. A letter from Chancellor Rufus Glasper to Todd accuses him of violating the district’s policies on “amorous relationships” and says he “violated professional standards that MCCCD (Maricopa County Community College District) has a right to expect of its faculty to uphold.”
A message seeking comment from Todd’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned.
Via: azfamily.com AP
Heres an internet board with further discussion on this sad story. Outside.In
District officials said Thursday that a Paradise Valley Community College professor will be terminated for having an “inappropriate relationship” with a now-deceased student.
Andria Ziegler, 19, was laid to rest after she was found comatose on the floor of her professor’s home on April 20th.
A letter from Chancellor Rufus Glasper to Todd accuses him of violating the district’s policies on “amorous relationships” and says he “violated professional standards that MCCCD has a right to expect of its faculty to uphold.”
Phoenix police aren’t calling the case a homicide.
The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Here is the Story of a 51 year old psychology professor who was coaxing his 19 year old student to date him. But when paramedics came to the house after she fell comatose, he said he didn’t know her name, as he picked her up off of the street. She was called a Jone Doe for a couple of days. The professor called his lawyer but didn’t seem to have time to cal the girls parents.
We are not talking about these large universities here where the professor never learns the students name. He had been her professor for a year, knew her well, had been after her to go out with him. How’s that for professional ethics. Thankfully he will not be teaching as he is on leave.
PHOENIX — The parents of a college student who died at the home of her professor last weekend said their daughter was dead for two days before they found out.
Though a cause of death has not yet been determined, investigators said Andria Ziegler, 19, may have died of a drug overdose at the north Phoenix condo of her Paradise Valley Community College psychology professor, 51-year-old Michael Todd.
Ziegler’s parents said the drugs would not have been her idea.
“He coaxed her into seeing him after she said she didn’t want to, and I could see that he would try to coax her into something else,” said Kimberly McManus, Ziegler’s mother.
Student found comatose in professor’s home
Phoenix police are investigating the death of a Paradise Valley Community College student who was found by paramedics in a comatose state inside her psychology professor’s condominium on Sunday.
Andria Ziegler, 19, was pronounced dead at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Beardsley Medical Center about 3 a.m., 30 minutes after she was found in the north Phoenix residence of Michael Todd, according to authorities.
Todd, 51, who has taught at Paradise Valley Community College since 2000, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday, soon after Ziegler’s parents called college administrators to report their daughter’s death, according to Joan Westlake, spokeswoman for Paradise Valley Community College.
The Phoenix Fire Department first responded to Todd’s residence near Seventh Street and Bell Road about 2:34 a.m. Sunday, on a 911 call of an unconscious female, according to information from the Phoenix Fire Department.
Ziegler’s death is not being investigated as a homicide, and no suspects are being sought in connection to her death, according to Phoenix Police Detective Stacie Derge.
“We are investigating this as an unknown death and we are not searching for any suspects at this time,” Derge said.
The cause of Ziegler’s death has not been determined, and toxicology results are pending, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Ziegler’s parents had notified authorities about 4:17 p.m. on Monday to report her missing, and started circulating fliers with her picture on them, Derge said.
Phoenix police then got involved after they became aware of an unidentified woman’s body at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office and connected them, according to Derge.
Todd had called in sick to work on Monday and Tuesday, according to Julia Devous, director of institutional advancement at Paradise Valley Community College.
Ziegler’s family also has hired a private investigator to look into the incident, Ziegler’s stepfather, Doug McMannus told the Tribune on Friday. He would not comment further.
John Hughes, the private investigator, said he has lived across the street from Ziegler’s family for at least 10 years, and that Andria was the oldest of six daughters.
“Those girls grew up playing basketball in my driveway,” said Hughes, who has two daughters. “Andria was a hard worker, and always looked after her sisters.”
Ziegler was a student in Todd’s abnormal psychology classes, according to Hughes. Todd had previously asked her out, but she initially declined, according to a statement Hughes said he took from Ziegler’s best friend.
“He is a well-liked professor and Andria was impressed with him,” Hughes said. “A lot of kids took his class just because he taught it.”
Todd could not be reached for comment.