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An Interview With Jose Texidor On Student Legal Services

Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared on the website of “Safeguarding Traditions Of Penn State,” which was the precursor to Safeguard Old State. It appears here for posterity.

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We’ve been following the story of Mr. Jose Texidor’s severance from Penn State University over the past week, and we think it’s past time for us to weigh in on the subject. If you haven’t been following what essentially amounts to Texidor being fired by Penn State, it might serve you well to read a few articles from The Daily Collegian and Centre Daily Times, linked at the bottom of this article.

Essentially, Mr. Texidor served as a free legal adviser for students who were in trouble for one reason or another. Whether with real courts or with PSU Judicial Affairs and on matters ranging from citations to drug use to even more serious allegations, Mr. Texidor’s job was to help students understand their legal rights and help them build a case for themselves. Many times, students would win their case based on Mr. Texidor’s advice.

Now, after 10 years of this outstanding student service, Penn State has failed to renew Mr. Texidor’s contract. Penn State’s administration is throwing aside yet another student service at the same time that tuition continues to skyrocket every year, way past the rate of inflation.

I spoke with Mr. Texidor for a few minutes last Thursday about what he did for students at Penn State and what his background was before he came to State College. This audio interview is provided at the bottom of this article and last just over five minutes.

One of the highlights was this remark by Mr. Texidor, commenting on the university failing to renew its commitment to student services: “I see it as an unfortunate thing that the students aren’t provided with a service that many had taken advantage of, but that’s not for me to decide. It’s Penn State’s decision and I don’t have any sort of animosity. I was treated very well for ten years by Penn State in the ten year time that I had ten seperate contracts at ten months per contract. I gave them what I felt were by best efforts and I’m sure that they were pleased with my best efforts.”

As students at Penn State, we and alumni should be gravely concerned at the failure of the Penn State administration to remain true to its purpose of enriching student life and providing a framework under which we can flourish into responsible adults. Mr. Texidor’s service was absolutely one that contributed positively to the Penn State community and to students in sometimes very desperate situations.

[audio:http://www.safeguardoldstate.org/media-archives/audio/2006JoseTexidorInterview09.14.mp3]

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Excellent interview with a Penn State institution. It’s a shame that this is the way they treat valued employees and the students they serve.

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