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Fresno City College Instructor Put On Administrative Leave Following Resurfaced Sexual Violence Allegations

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Fresno City College main sign located on Van Ness and Mckinley near parking lot E on Feb. 6 with Tom Boroujeni’s photo on the top right corner. Photo modified by Sara Ohler.

Fresno City College communication instructor and president of the Academic Senate Tom Boroujeni, was placed on administrative leave with pay as of Thursday following the resurfacing of sexual violence accusations, according to an email sent to faculty and students by FCC’s President Robert Pimentel.

According to Jill Wagner, FCC’s State Center Community College District’s (SCCCD) Spokesperson, Boroujeni will need explicit permission from the administration in order to visit any non-public areas of the district property.

The email sent by Pimentel states that FCC and SCCCD took investigative action after an EdSource article published on Nov. 29 addressed the resurfaced allegations.

“We work within the framework of all existing laws and policies related to the governance of our college and centers to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and our student body,” Wagner said. “It is our highest priority.”

Pimentel states in the email that FCC administration is workly with SCCCD’s administrative and legal team to “find ways to mitigate the concerns and ensure safety for all.”

“We unequivocally support survivors of violence, and work within the framework of all existing laws and policies related to the governance of our college and centers to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and our student body,” Pimentel said in the email.

Wagner ensures that SCCCD is communicating with the campus community as this develops.

In the email, Pimentel said he encourages those that feel impacted by this news to reach out to himself personally, deans or the vice president for information regarding emotional support on campus. 

Wagner encourages those who feel impacted to access on-campus psychological support services. For students, contact FCC’s psychological office and for employees the Employee Assistance Program.

 

This story will be updated.

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Sara Ohler is a 24 year-old journalism major who was born and raised in Fresno, CA. After graduating high school in 2017, she didn't know what she wanted to spend her time studying. She decided to take time off of college, but still wanted to pursue education and went on to become an esthetician. After a few years, she didn't feel challenged within her practice anymore and craved something more, so she decided she would go back to college.  She initially joined the Rampage on a whim, and became an editor in her first semester and is now the editor-in-chief in her third semester. She feels lucky and grateful to have jumped on this opportunity when she did. Sara's passion for writing started around the age of 8, which stemmed from her love of reading. A few years later she would discover a passion for photography. She wrote in her high school newspaper and loved it and she feels lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience what writing for a publication is like. Though she hasn't decided which university she would like to go to, she plans on transferring to one with a good journalism program where she can dive in to the realm of investigative journalism, photojournalism and music journalism. She has quite a few different hobbies, but you will most likely catch her photographing concerts, reading in a local cafe, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with her pals.
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Devin Taing is the Multimedia Editor of the Rampage. He is 21-years-old and is majoring in mass communications journalism. He is born and raised in Fresno California his entire life and attended Sunnyside High. There he attended the "Video Production Academy" (VPA) program and took three years of video production. There he learned everything behind videography, editing, audio, and design. With this multimedia background, he was a perfect fit for the multimedia editor position in the Rampage. He has been a part of the Rampage for three semesters now and provided lots of help with the social media website as well as helping students with their cover photos. Other than being the multimedia editor, Devin loves to game on his downtime. He enjoys a variety of genres like combat, rhythm, strategies, and RPG. Some other interesting hobbies he enjoys is solving Rubik's cubes and photography. He started solving Rubik's cubes in middle school and ever since then he's been hooked. He can solve one in under a minute and enjoys other types of twisty puzzles as well. He didn't get into photography until he started college because he prioritized video as a profession instead. However, he feels like editing videos can take up to hours at a time and he eventually gets burnt out. Photography was a new and refreshing way for him to still apply his skills without spending hours on end in the editing process.

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