Now the AP adds to the fray. Everyone dogpile on Aguiar!
The Associated Press has now jumped on Gary Aguiar using his students, which means there's a good chance this story is going to go national. From today's Rapid City Journal -
South Dakota State University administrators are checking into concerns from students who say Gary Aguiar, a political science professor, used students in his class to help him with his campaign for mayor of Brookings. The dean of SDSU's College of Arts and Sciences is investigating, but no written complaint was made, Carol Peterson, vice president for academic affairs, said.Not much added here, except the attention on the race is being ratcheted up several notches.
Students said Aguiar circulated a nominating petition in class, asked for campaign volunteers and encouraged another class to create a campaign strategy for him.
One student, Brian Kimmes, said Aguiar's action was an abuse of power to campaign for Tuesday's mayoral election.
Professors may run for office, according to a Board of Regents policy, but they cannot use their position to push students toward political activity or recruit students for outside activity benefiting the professor.
"Students were concerned," Ryan Brunner, executive director of the South Dakota Student Federation, said. "They didn't know how their grade would be affected if they didn't sign the petition or volunteer."