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SCC student alleges race and gender discrimination in complaint against Criminal Justice instructor

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A Spokane Community College student says she was kicked out of class by her instructor earlier this year for objecting to a PowerPoint presentation she considered discriminating, according to an article by The Spokesman Review.

Slides of the PowerPoint presentation obtained by the newspaper backup student Jaida Burgess' Title IX complaint she filed earlier this year. 

Burgess says multiple slides used by Criminal Justice instructor Mike Prim noted supposed gender differences between men and women, including one that implied a woman wants a man to be very rich and give her lots of attention, while a man simply needs a woman to "show up naked" and "bring beer." 

A slide from Prim's Human Relations Slideshow

When Burgess objected to the presentation, she says Prim accused her of being argumentative and kicked her out of class. She left the program about two months later. 

“What is going on in the program is a reflection on law enforcement and it’s extremely sketchy and it’s affected multiple students’ degrees,” Burgess told Spokesman Review Reporter Eli Francovich. “I am not the only person who has been through this.”

The article points out at least one other student said Prim often made sexist comments and jokes and the women in class had to "grimace" and suffer through it. 

“That was standard for that class. Absolutely standard,” student Kiel Frey told Francovich. 

Another student, Nicole Harnetiaux, was quoted as saying she never saw the slides in question and the other questionable slides were meant to illustrate how men and women think differently. 

“There was definitely nothing ever demeaning or degrading in that class,” Harnetiaux was quoted as saying.

The Spokesman Review say they reached out to Prim, a former Spokane Police Lieutenant and current chair of SCC's Criminal Justice program, through phone calls and emails but never received a response. 

The Title IX complaint Burgess filed alleges racism and discrimination dating back to the winter of 2015. At that time she was enrolled in a minority studies class taught by Prim and claims he told the class, “Black people over-exaggerate racism and that is why it still exists.”

Prim has taught at SCC for 35 years and makes $98,686 a year. The investigation into the complaint is expected to be finished within a week. 

Burgess' complaint alleges racism and discrimination in the program dating back to the winter of 2015 and also includes allegations of Prim and another instructor kicking her out of a group for expressing concerns about a rumor of a romantic relationship between a student and an adjunct instructor. 

For more on those complaints, head over to The Spokesman Review's full article. 

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