Shortly after what would have been his one-year anniversary with LIU Post, Residence Hall Director Carlyle Hicks is no longer a member of the administration. On October 4th, news about his departure circulated around the campus.
Hicks was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Residence Life program, making sure students are comfortable with their living environment and ensuring student safety, among other duties.
In an interview with the Pioneer on October 3, 2011, when he was first hired, Hicks said, “It is my responsibility to promote the mission of the Office of Residence Life as well as overseeing the goals and mission of the Post Campus of Long Island University.”
Hicks has not responded to the Pioneer’s inquiry for comment. His departure seems untimely; on October 3rd, the day before his departure, Hicks held an open public discussion regarding the dorms.
After students began to question the issue, the Pioneer requested information from the Office of Residence Life. On October 5, 2012, the Pioneer received the following statement from Dr. Jessica Hayes, Associate Provost for International Student Services and Community Development: “The Office of Residence Life is a critically important service that provides for the safety, security and rich learning environment for our students. We are moving ahead with a new framework for ensuring a residential community that is in touch with the 21st century. With regard to individuals in the department, we do not discuss personnel issues.”
Without much information being shared with the Post community, students have begun to question the issue on their own. “I feel like it’s suspicious that he was fired, or left his position and no one was told about it,” said Adwoa Boateng, a senior Psychology major. “And I think it’s interesting that this happened while there are rumors of Post declining and losing funds…it makes you wonder why,” she added.
Others simply want to know why. “It’s kind of shocking that he was let go because he just started working here not that long ago,” said Ashley Abney, a senior Public Relations major. “I don’t really know what happened but it must have been serious.”
Currently, the Residence Hall Director position is still vacant. “There currently isn’t a new Residence Life Director,” said Jennifer Fuoco, Associate Director of Residence Life, before directing the Pioneer to the Division for Student Success Office for personnel related inquiries.