Suspended Business Professor Cleared To Teach

By Conor Merrick | News Editor | cpm2022@jagmail.southalabama.edu

A business professor at South Alabama has been cleared to teach again after being suspended for appearing in a racially insensitive photo which circulated back in 2021. 

The university sent a statement to all students’ JagMail accounts with an update regarding the photographs, which showed three south employees, including the dean of the Mitchell College of Business posing with a noose and wearing racially insensitive costumes. 

The statement cleared Dr. Teresa Weldy, one of the suspended employees who posed with an employee wearing a lynching judge costume, of any wrongdoing and cleared her to teach again. 

The photo in question shows Dr. Teresa Weldy along with Dr. Alex Sharland posing for a photo in 2014 at a Halloween party. Dr. Weldy wasn’t wearing a costume and did not have any part in providing the noose seen in the photo. She also didn’t plan on participating in the costume contest, according to the statement. 

The statement released on April 7 from Academic Affairs announced “there was no basis for the University to continue with a formal process against Dr. Weldy under the Equal Opportunity/Equal Access policy found in section 1.5.3 of the 2014 Faculty Handbook.”

The statement didn’t provide any update about the results concerning Sharland or Wood, however. Weldy is no longer suspended and will return to teaching.

Students protested back in 2021 when the photo began circulating and called for the termination of all three university employees with an online petition which racked up 3,590 signatures. 

This is the first update on the outcome of the investigation of the incident.