OKLAHOMA CITY — University of Oklahoma officials denied Wednesday that a former dean’s computer was “confiscated” in retaliation for her criticism of the OU administration.
Professor Suzette Grillot said in social media posts Tuesday night that the university’s “provost and general counsel” seized her office computer, saying, “This is how they try to keep people silent.”
Grillot had demanded OU President James Gallogly’s resignation at a public event a week earlier. Gallogly recently dismissed Grillot as dean of international studies shortly after he took over the presidency, but she remains on the faculty.
On Wednesday, university officials said the computer was taken by a technician in order to transfer files to Grillot’s replacement, Jill Irvine.
Contacted Wednesday afternoon, Grillot said the university’s explanation didn’t make sense.
“They could have gotten those files another way,” she said. “I would have happily given them to them. They didn’t have to take the computer. They could have accessed it remotely.”
An OU spokeswoman noted that the computer belongs to the university and will be returned to the office.
The Board of Regents on Wednesday voted on title and salary changes for Grillot. Regents approved deleting her titles, dean of the college of international studies and vice provost for international programs, and reducing her annual salary from $227,808 to $170,856.
Provost Kyle Harper said she was dismissed as dean because she would not cooperate with budget cutting in the College of International Studies.
Oklahoman writer K.S. McNutt contributed to this report