Nat’l Association of the Deaf, Gallaudet University face lawsuits

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — On the heels of a major ruckus following a decision to invite an anti-LGBT speaker to their national conference, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is being threatened with a lawsuit for alleged mishandling of internal affairs.

This is from a document distributed through a reputable deaf academics listserv:

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the [NAD] Board: In regard to the actions taken by some NAD Board Members named herein, we are filing complaint and notice of intent to sue. The NAD Board, over a course of almost 20 years has actively oppressed, suppressed, and discriminated against the Library Friends Section of the NAD and the Deaf Community at large. . . .

Written by: Alec C. McFarlane, NAD/LFS Member and LFS Delegate April 20, 2012 Distributed June 14, 2012. Approved by: Alice L. Hagemeyer, NAD Member and LFS ChairAlbert Berke, NAD/LFS Member and Past NAD Board Member”

I’ve posted the entire .pdf in the comments section below.


In other deaf-related news, Dr. Jeffery Gauer, a former professor at Gallaudet University has filed a lawsuit  against the university for, among other things, “destroying his professional reputation.”

He has a website that details the issues:

“Gallaudet Exposed — How Gallaudet University Encourages Prejudice, Cruelty, Discrimination, and Incompetence



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  1. An Open Letter

    to the

    National Association of the Deaf

    The Board of the National Association of the Deaf

    15 Members

    The Library Friends Section

    75 Members

    The NAD Membership

    Unknown Number of Members

    The Deaf Community

    Estimated at 35 Million People

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board

    In regard to the actions taken by some NAD Board Members named herein, we are filing complaint and notice of intent to sue. The NAD Board, over a course of almost 20 years has actively oppressed, suppressed, and discriminated against the Library Friends Section of the NAD and the Deaf Community at large. We will present matters and evidence relating to the last two years and relative to the current Board.

    We are calling for Article 4.14 and 4.13 due process hearings for the named individuals who sit on the NAD Board and we are calling for expulsion of these individuals on the grounds of Personal Conflicts, of Withholding Materially relevant information, of discrimination and of Civil Rights violations.

    There is a pattern of behavior on the part of these Board members –and oftentimes the whole Board– where they have acted against the interest of the NAD, its stated Objectives, its Mission Statement, Vision, and its declared theme of “Nothing About Us Without Us”, and more. To wit…

    The NAD Board, in its January 2012 Board meeting voted to freeze the accounts of the Sections on the grounds that there was no written policy governing their functions. The The Library Friends Section (LFS) was founded in 1994 by Ms. Alice Hagemeyer, the current LFS Chair. We would only discover this Board action during the April 20, 2012 Board meeting at the NAD Headquarters when Mr. Shane Feldman, the NAD COO, told us that the LFS had been suspended. Later the same day Ms. Margie English, Region I Board Member and LFS liaison, Mr. Sean Gerlis, Region I Board member and Mr. Christopher Wagner, Vice President of the Board would use the same term: “suspended”. Without regard to terminology and According to Article 8.02, only the Council of Representatives (COR) can suspend the Bylaws, of which the Section is a creation.

    The actions of the January and April Boards were justified by Mr. Howard Rosenblum, the CEO of the NAD on the grounds that the Board has a fiduciary duty. Article 4.09 clearly states that the powers of the Board are specific to the Operational Funds and Health of the Association. Mr. Rosenblum uses the word fiduciary as some magical thing but in reality “The duties of a fiduciary include loyalty and reasonable care of the assets within custody. All of the fiduciary’s actions are performed for the advantage of the beneficiary.” (West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008) Now, when we speak of the Associations funds the Board has a fiduciary duty to the Associations Operations, where the Association is the beneficiary. Because the funds generated by the Sections do not contribute to nor take from the Associations Operating fund the Board’s fiduciary duties to the Sections “are performed for the advantage of the beneficiary” who, in this very instance, are the Sections. The Sections are clearly identified as Organizational members under Article 3.01(e).

    The power the Board has over the Sections under either its 501(c)(3) status or its fiduciary duties come into play only when the actions of a Section DO NOT meet the requirements of such. In order to take punitive action against an Organizational Member the Board must have specific and credible evidence, and must follow due process as given in Article 2.03 which clearly states in the very first sentence that “The Association shall work with its State Association and Organizational Affiliates through their designated representatives.” At no point in time at or before the January or the April Board meeting were representatives of any Sections called to provide testimony. This is despite the fact that Ms. Hagemeyer and myself were in attendance to both April 2012 meetings.

    At the April Board meeting Mr. Gerlis, Ms. English, and Mr. Wagner illegally called Alice Hagemeyer and myself into a private meeting apart from the rest of the Board whereas they gave an ultimatum to the LFS, an ultimatum they had no business nor power to carry out. They offered to pay one invoice request, but that after that we would forfeit our rights to the funds. It is a clear conflict of interest for these people to attempt to muscle, dictate, or otherwise oppress the LFS. It would be at this same meeting that Mr. Gerlis and Mr. Wagner would admit that they heard about the Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) from Ms. English only 2 or 3 months prior when in fact Ms. English, Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins, president of the NAD and Mr. Rosenblum were privy to communications dating prior to 2011 dealing with the DCDL.

    We, Ms. Hagemeyer and myself, on our own and without any support of any kind from the Maryland Association of the Deaf (MDAD) or the NAD (despite extensive communications and appearances before the respective Boards), successfully passed MD HB 390 and MD SB 571 for the creation of a Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) in the State of Maryland. We made our first presentation to the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA) in January of 2011 and Governor O’Malley signed the DCDL bill into law on May 22, 2012.

    Ms. English, Dr. Scoggins and Mr. Rosenblum willfully, with malice, withheld documents, correspondence, and activities from the Board and the Membership for a period easily exceeding a year. This is inexcusable in any organization, and especially one that touts a theme of Nothing About Us Without Us, among others cited herein.

    Mr. Rosenblum willfully and deliberately withheld information from the Board regarding matters of the National Deaf History Month (NDHM) and its Ratified Status, that the LFS was negotiating a contract with Gallaudet University for the use of Jean Boutcher’s oil painting of Abbe for LFS fund raising purposes, and that there were multiple events associated with the LFS where, for instance, Ms. English, LFS Board Liaison, was given a pass to the ALA Convention in New Orleans and invited to speak in our “Bridging Deaf Cultures in America” series. Also Mr. Rosenblum and Dr. Jack Gannon were specifically invited and featured at library events at the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) in December and again in March at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Mr. Rosenblum failed to explain to the Board that the LFS was possibly the most active Section at the NAD and that certain members had invested significant personal time and personal finances. This is a material breach.

    The Boards continued insistence on control extends to the recent Bylaw motions where the Board and the Bylaws committee have both made motions to go before the COR. The Board cannot make or second a motion, the Bylaws Committee cannot make or second a motion, and neither the Board nor the Bylaws Committee can reject a motion. The NAD Bylaws clearly state in Article § 4.09 “General Duties. The Board of Directors shall have general control of the affairs of the Association between biennial national conferences, during which time they shall consider action on conference recommendations”. This sentence can be read to mean two things: to consider those made by the COR and those made to the COR. Otherwise there is not provision within the Bylaws for the Board or Bylaws Committee to do these things as specified in the Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised (RONR).

    The Board can make recommendations but that recommendation cannot be seconded because it is not a motion. If that recommendation by the Board is not seconded by a member of the COR in good standing it dies. Neither the Board nor the Bylaws committee can reject a motion, and they rejected my motion regarding Article § 4.16 Chief Executive Officer. “The Board of Directors shall be empowered to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to serve as the chief administrative officer of the Association. The Chief Executive Officer shall report to the President of the Association and shall serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board”. My motion proposed that the language be changed so that the CEO reports to the Board as a whole, not the president. The Board and/or the Bylaws committee has rejected that in a clear power play. The NAD is probably the only corporation in America where the CEO reports to the president, the normal corporate arrangement is for the CEO (or similar) to report to the Board as a whole and to serve at the pleasure of the Board as a whole. These are just a few of many examples where the Board is far and away exceeding its given powers.

    The Board, by way of Mr. Michael Berger, has refused to share the list of Delegates. The Board, by way of Mr. Rosenblum and Mr. Feldman has refused to share the NAD Policy Manual of which is mentioned in the Delegate Manual. The Board has used the powers of the Board in an oppressive and dismissive manner. The Delegate Manual is required to be disbursed 30 days prior to the Convention but an easy 90 percent of the deadlines contained within that document have already expired prior to its release, this effectively negates any real value in having this document and is consistent with the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.

    There are additional matters of note where, (1) the Board has taken nearly $20,000 out of the Halex House fund to help compensate Ms. Nancy Bloch, the former CEO of the NAD with a $54,000.00 “parting gift”, (2) gave Ms. Bloch an additional $60,000.00 raise in pay for her final year, where #1 and #2 effectively give her $114,000.00 in total, (3) has actively and deliberately concealed donations made by Kathleen Anderson (Board Minutes January 20, 2012: 2012/20-03: M/S/P – English/Hawk move to strike out the dollar amount and revise the May 2011 board meeting minutes; Kathleen Anderson provided NAD with a large donation on behalf of her family foundation.), and (4) concealed funds received from the Motor City Association of the Deaf (MCAD) in or about 1993. The MCAD was dissolved and its funds, approximating $93,000.00, are now worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The NAD has, for years, refused to reveal the actual agreement with the MCAD, refused to reveal accounting for the MCAD and has not shown these sums in any financial reports. It is also notable (5) that the IRS 990 forms the NAD has filed do not show any endowments, and we are aware of several in addition to the recent “Bloch Leadership Award”. It is our understanding that the IRS requires that such endowments be listed.

    The sum of the parts in this complaint show a pattern of behavior on the part of the Board where even the Delegate Manual comes into conflict with the Bylaws. The Board and the Bylaws Committee make 8 motions and these motions reveal their motives. Take for example “Form #4” where the Author is the NAD Board of Directors/Bylaws Committee and where the motion is seconded by the NAD Board of Directors/Bylaws Committee and the Bylaw Committee’s recommendation is to SUPPORT this proposed amendment. That is like having ‘Joe’ make a motion, ‘Joe’ second a motion, and ‘Joe’ approve a motion, but that’s not all. This particular motion is written by the Board to “…advise the Board of the Directors of the Association on specific areas of interest…” This is our complaint exactly. For more than two years we have actively engaged the people in the chain of command at the NAD and they have not shared this information with the rest of the Board or with the Membership. This must be stopped and this must be rectified.


    NAD Bylaw Articles Cited:

    Whereas 2.02 and 2.03 clearly outline membership and relationships

    Whereas 3.01 clearly defines LFS (Sections) as an Organizational Membership in 3.01(e) and

    Whereas 4.09 clearly defines and limits the Powers of the Board, and

    Whereas 4.10 further defines Duties of the Board and where 4.10(e) applies to Ms. English, and

    Whereas 5.01(e)(1,5) again clearly identifies LFS as an Organizational Member with more than 20 members and 1 delegate to the COR, and

    Whereas 8.02 states the bylaws can only be suspended by a 4/5’ths vote of the Council of Representatives (COR), and

    Whereas the Board has acted in contravention of the Bylaws of the Association as listed herein

    We Then and Therefore call for a 4.14 and 4.13 due process hearing that should involve those named herein:

    Mr. Howard A Rosenblum, CEO

    Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins, President

    Mr. Christopher D. Wagner, Vice President

    Ms. Margie A. English, Region I Representative

    Mr. Sean Gerlis, Region I Representative

    Mr. Michael Berger, Region II Representative


    Whereas these people have deliberately and willfully concealed materially relevant information from the Board and Membership over more than a years time, and

    Whereas these people have deliberately and willfully violated 2.03, 4.09, 4.10, 5.01(e) and 8.02 of the Bylaws of the Association by assuming authority that does not exist, and

    Whereas these people have deliberately and willfully concealed that 2.02, 2.03, 3.01(e), 5.01(e)(1,5), and 8.02 collectively identify the LFS as an Organizational Member, and

    Whereas these people have deliberately and willfully ignored the Definitions of Responsibility as defined in 2.03, 4.09, 4.10, and 4.10(e)

    Whereas these people have deliberately and willfully ignored the primary Object of the Association in 2.01, and

    Whereas these people have deliberately and willfully mislead fellow members of the board and the members of the NAD, a personal conflict of interest in 4.14

    We hold that it is proper to call for 4.13 hearings on these individuals.


    Written by:

    Alec C. McFarlane, NAD/LFS Member and LFS Delegate

    April 20, 2012

    Distributed June 14, 2012

    Approved by:

    Alice L. Hagemeyer, NAD Member and LFS Chair

    Albert Berke, NAD/LFS Member and Past NAD Board Member

  2. Gallaudet Exposed

    How Gallaudet University Encourages Prejudice, Cruelty, Discrimination, and Incompetence

    Did You Know?

    The US Department of Education continues to subsidize Gallaudet University’s operations with $120+million/year, even though

    With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) there are no longer barriers for deaf adults to study at mainstream colleges and universities
    In addition to its huge annual federal subsidy, 70+% of Gallaudet students’ tuition/board (approximately $27 million/year) is paid to Gallaudet through state and federal vocational rehabilitation programs (can you say “double-dipping”?)

    The Gallaudet University undergraduate program utilizes a unique, skewed grading system (+ grades but no – grades) that gives Gallaudet students up to 7% grade inflation over students at other universities (including the other Deaf colleges, which use standard +/- grading).

    Key Players:

    Dr. Rashid

    While Chair of Gallaudet’s Department of Business, Dr. Rasdhid initiated the malicious and untrue reports that ended Dr. Gauer’s tenure-track career; destroyed his professional reputation; and devastated his finances and emotional/physical health. The first White House Fellow from Gallaudet, Rashid is a rising star whose acrid bigotry, blatant prejudice, deliberate cruelty, and gross incompetence reflects poorly on Gallaudet and on the Deaf community.

    Dr. Erting

    Despite the lack of evidence and complete reversal of Rashid’s prior evaluation of Dr. Gauer (spring ’08) and her own highly positive letter (May ’08), Dr. Erting signed off on Rashid’s forms – even though Jeff’s signature was conspicuously absent, indicating that he knew nothing of the charges against him.

    Dr. Hafter

    In violation of her responsibility in the Promotion and Tenure Committee, Dr. Hafter signed off on Dr. Rashid’s condemnation of Dr. Gauer – even though Rashid’s report was incomplete (did not include Jeff’s prior DR_Es or even Jeff’s signature on the forms submitted by Rashid), inflammatory, and unsupported.

    Mr. Tom Baldridge

    Mr. Baldridge led the screening committee that recommended hiring Dr. Gauer, and volunteered as Jeff’s mentor. Baldridge, however, not once lifted a finger to help Dr. Gauer in any manner during the four years he was associated with the University. Childishly petulant and grossly disorganized, Baldridge retreated to Gallaudet because of his lack of any success in the real world. While Dr. Gauer was at Gallaudet, Baldridge returned from a one year sabbatical without any deliverable; has never done any academic research or publishing; and cancelled the first week of his classes so he could attend a film festival. Baldridge personifies the adage, “Those who can’t do, teach,” yet Gallaudet has promoted him to full professor.

    Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz

    Demonstrating a severe lack of judgment and moral courage, after receiving Dr. Gauer’s evidence Dr. Hurwitz and the Gallaudet upper administration approved Rashid’s actions.

    Proof of Administrative Malice and Incompetence

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Note the dates on the forms (right) – Jeff should have been the first to receive and sign, not the last.

    Dr. Rashid signed (right) that “the procedures and criteria stipulation in the University Faculty Guidelines have been followed,” even though a total 38 Faculty Guidelines were violated by Rashid, Erting, Hafter, and the faculty of the Department of Business.

    On 27Feb09 Rashid claimed that Jeff had not completed his doctoral degree requirements. His academic transcript (below) proves that Dr. Gauer’s doctoral commitee approved his dissertation/defense on 20Feb09.

    His transcript (right) proves that Dr. Gauer completed his dissertation exactly as he reported to Gallaudet.

    2009-02-04 MLSTN 9 (3.2 Mentor Approved Ch. 5 and Full Diss.) – Completion time = 46 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-02-04 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-02-20 MLSTN 10 (4.1 Committee Approved Dissertation) – Completion time = 8 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-02-20 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-03-09 MLSTN 11 (4.2 School Approved Dissertation) – Completion time = 8 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-03-09 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-03-17 MLSTN 12 (4.3 Format Editing Completed) – Completion time = 13 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-03-17 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-03-10 MLSTN 13 (4.4 Final Conference Call Completed) – Completion time = 19 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-03-10 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-03-18 MLSTN 14 (4.5 Mentor Approves Final Manuscript) – Completion time = 24 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-03-18 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-03-19 MLSTN 15 (4.6 Manuscript Submitted for Publication) – Completion time = 24 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-03-19 Submitted Work – Completed

    2009-03-27 MLSTN 16 (4.7 Dean’s Final Approval) – Completion time = 24 weeks

    Milestone Status: Completed

    2009-03-27 Submitted Work – Completed


    In 2005, Jeff Gauer was hired full-time as a tenure-track instructor in Gallaudet University’s Department of Business. From fall ’05 through spring ’08, Jeff received consistently favorable feedback from his students, colleagues, and supervisors. Requiring back surgery (spinal fusion) in fall ’08, Jeff requested time off for his surgery and recovery. Though it was not expected or required by Gallaudet, Jeff completed his doctoral dissertation in winter ’09, and submitted his requests for reappointment and for promotion. Without cause or evidence, both of his requests were denied.

    On March 25, 2009, Dr. Gauer received from Gallaudet a copy of their evaluation report (signed by Gauer’s supervisor on February 27, 2009) that drastically contrasts with his previous three performance evaluations, as shown below:

    Date written/

    Dates covered


    Creative Activity


    Professional Integrity (S/U)



















    Gauer medical leave (August 2008 – May 2009)







    When Dr. Gauer finally received a copy of the forms (after they were approved by Gallaudet), he discovered how his former colleagues betrayed his confidence and trust – not one negative claim presented by Dr. Rashid has ever been proven. Dr. Gauer’s rebuttal document, however, proves how Gallaudet faculty and administrators employed deception, half-truths, innuendo, and outright lies in order to make it impossible for Jeff to return to his former position, which Gallaudet has tried to fill with younger, less experienced candidates.

    The following evidence has been presented to the upper administration at Gallaudet, though their determination (via Dr. Weiner) is that Gallaudet’s illegal and unethical actions were justified:
    Gauer to Gallaudet Board of Trustees 1Feb12 Board of Trustees response 22Feb12 (“Let’s wait and see…”)
    Gauer to Department of Education 28Feb12 Dept. of Education response 3Apr12 (Gallaudet is not subject to the Department of Education’s authority?!?)
    Gauer to Senator Tom Harkin (Chair of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) 29Apr12 Gauer to Office of Management and Budget (Education Branch) 29Apr12
    Gauer to Obama 28Feb12
    Jaech to Hurwitz 9Feb11 Gauer to Hurwitz 14Feb11 (detailing the Gallaudet administration’s violation of mutilple federal/state laws as well as 38 Gallaudet Faculty Guidelines)
    Reappointment #1 Lund to Hurwitz 14Feb11
    Reappointment #2 Student A letter of support
    Reappointment #3 Student B letter of support
    Reappointment request #4 Student C letter of support

    Gauer rebuttal to Rashid’s claims (this proves that all of Rashid’s negative claims are unsupported lies, exaggerations, and/or innuendo)
    Student D letter of support
    Gallaudet response 18May11 Exhibit summary

    Supporting exhibits #1-272 can be accessed by clicking here.

    Outraged at at how unjustly Gallaudet has treated Dr. Gauer, Mr. Timothy Jaech (retired superintendent of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf) wrote to President Hurwitz (click here) and then encouraged him in a one-on-one videoconference to make things right with Dr. Gauer. In addition, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (Gallaudet’s accrediting body) is prepared to start its own investigation of Gallaudet for noncompliance with its own published University policies.

    With Gallaudet’s lack of any apology to date, they left Dr. Gauer no choice but to file his complaint in US District Court (see Gauer v Gallaudet) on April 23, 2012. Dr. Gauer’s legal complaint covers Gallaudet’s intentional discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977, the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. On May 15, 2012 the US District Court assigned a judge and case number to Dr. Gauer’s complaint.

  3. I have sympathy for the health problems that Dr. Gauer is suffering from. But after reviewing several pages of his book at Amazon, it appears that he’s selling a book for $14.95 that consists little else than old documents from his time at Gallaudet. If he really wants to present his case to the public, he should have shared the documents for free on his website.

    Also, students (from a community college not Gallaudet) who commented on him at seem to collaborate the Business Department’s opinion that his classes lacked academic rigor. One of the commenters said he was a “friggin nut”. There were positive comments but I can’t help but wonder how many of them was written by him.

  4. um, in the past Gally USED to not use – grades true. However, that is no longer true. I have received an A- and a B+.

    As for DVR, some states pay a lot, some only partial, some refuse to pay if you go out of state…that was my case, I am paying out of pocket. What a state VR will pay will not cover grounds keeping and paying all the workers and bills to keep it running! That is ONLY for tuition, and sometimes dorm fees, and once in a while you get one who pays book costs…but not always.

    The Feds pay for some things at our school, like keeping heat and DPS security paid and road repairs here, you know…because in STATES they get funds from the state to do that at community colleges etc, but DC is not a state, thus it is FEDS. Private oral they have rich donors like AG BELL, and perhaps that is what the issue really is…Gally is only pro-ASL University in the world, and some want it shut down, BADLY.

    as for all the ~isms…that is: prejudice…to pre judge…cruelty, i am not sure what that is referring to…incompetence, is that about only one person or is that referring to students and all Deaf? and lastly encouraging discrimination…THAT one I can strongly tell you is NOT true.

    As a current student at Gally, I can attest to the fact that when there are things on campus that are not friendly for a minority group, it appears to be an oversight…such as the majority never thought about something being a problem for a minority group…for example having only mens and womens separate bathrooms and no gender neutral ones for transgender students and employees, it very likely was never brought up in their lives that it can affect someone! I see so far staff trying to get things corrected so all can have equality, and as we are all human, we all make mistakes, and I know I do and you reading this do too.

    So…do not hate on Gallaudet. Instead, work with us to make it a brighter beacon to all Deaf!

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