Ball State reviewing incident of police being called on student in class

In a Twitter reply Tuesday night by Ball State’s official Twitter account, the university confirmed that it was aware of the incident of a university professor calling the police on a student during class.

A minute-long video of the incident put out by the twitter account Barstool Ball State shows Shaheen Borna, professor of marketing, speaking with University Police Department officers and the student speaking with the officers.

A caption with the video states the professor called the police because the student “wouldn’t change seats in the middle of class.”

The twitter account @TheRealMufvsa_ acknowledged that he is the student in the video.

“Really just had the police called on me in class, Ball State Im totally disappointed,” he tweeted.

Ball State’s official Twitter account responded to him stating the university is aware of the incident and is reviewing the situation.

“At Ball State, we are committed to a successful student experience,” the tweet said. “Anytime a student does not have an excellent student experience, we care deeply, and review the matter thoroughly as we are doing at this time.”

Marc Ransford, senior media strategist at Ball State, said in an email that anytime an incident like this happens, the university works to understand what happened and ways improve based on what it learns.

"This includes talking with those who were involved and putting into place those measures that will prevent future situations," Ransford said. "In this particular situation, in addition to talking with those involved and putting educational and preventative measures in place, the faculty member also sent his own apology to the students in the class."

As an institution, he said Ball State will use this situation to learn and improve.

When asked for a comment, Borna confirmed that he did send out an apology letter to his class. He said all information about the incident has to be referred through Ball State's Marketing and Communications.

This story will be updated.


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