Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Appeal to the Dean of the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles protesting my Probation

James A. Bretney
1421 West Venice Boulevard # 7
Venice, California 90291
(520) 255 4137

President of the Art Institute
Art Institute of California in Los Angeles
2900 31st Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90405

Madam President,

The purpose of this letter is to appeal the sanctioning imposed dated February 7, 2011. Extenuating circumstances compel a reconsideration of the sanctioning. The original sanction itself is biased, arbitrary, and without adherence to The Art Institutes policies and procedures.

1) Extenuating circumstances: My fiscal position has changed in the past 30 days making transportation and subsistence doubtful. I have outlined the scope of this issue in Appendix A pages 2 thru 5. I have also attached my bank statements in Appendix B.
2) Biased, arbitrary, and without adherence to The Art Institutes policies and procedures: I have had several incidents involving the Security Commander (Layola) and one incident with another student (Megan Wilson.) At every turn, this institution has frustrated good faith attempts to execute lawful academic study, inquiry and development.

Layola
Layola tried to shut down my audition for student Cory Goines dated February 11th. I reported the incident to Dawn Kohn. No action from the Office of Student Affairs

Layola tried to shut down a narrative shoot I organized for student Cody Garcia dated February 18th. I reported the incident to David Schreiber via telephone (voicemail). Layola’s harassment embarrassed the students, the actors and this institution. Layola’s harassment cost the Cody Garcia’s production 2 additional hours. No action from the Office of Student Affairs or Department of Digital Filmmaking, Video Production and Media department

Layola shutdown an audition I organized for Demi Singleton. No action from the Office of Student Affairs or Department of Digital Filmmaking, Video Production and Media department

Layola tried to shut down my narrative shoot dated March 4th. I reported the incident to David Schreiber. He was absent, so I informed Ryan Gahagan. I reported the incident to David Anter, the Registar’s Office. I reported the incident to the Office of Student Affairs

The Registrar’s Office assisted me by verifying I had a reservation, offering to house my equipment in a location not used, verifying that students and my guests are allowed in the student lounge. Note the Registar’s Office is a consistent friend to Video Production and the student body

Ryan Gahagan aware of the facts, sided with me. Layola’s harassment embarrassed the students, the actors and this institution. Nonetheless, Layola’s harassment cost my production 2 additional hours. Layola’s harassment demoralized my actors and hindered their performances

I followed up with Layola’s supervisor whom I discovered was Greg Embray. We had a long
discussion. But it was one that I had to make on my own time and it carried over in two sessions. Greg Embray stated that 2 un-named Ai employees complained about me because of my size, my gender, my age and my previous military service. Greg Embray also said that he would supervise Layola more closely, and he has.

But why does it have to take 30 to 45 days to get satisfaction? For more details see Appendix E.

Megan Wilson
Appendix D outlines a conduct dispute I brought to the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Digital Filmmaking, Media and Video Production. I thought the issue would be resolved quickly. After all the Office of Student Affairs was quick to investigate, resolve and sanction me for a misunderstanding over a stressful situation.

The incident dragged on for weeks. Student Affairs declined to intervene even though it was an in class incident that hindered my learning not once but twice. On March 18th, Ms. Wilson erroneously named “ Wendy” in Appendix D, insulted me in class and because the teacher Mr. Garrison did not sanction Ms. Wilson, others insulted me in class as well. It wasn’t until March 24th the last day of class I got a private apology from her calling me an ‘asshole.’


In conclusion, I feel that if I were young woman who did not serve my country in combat, the Office of Student Affairs would not sanction me so harshly over a miscommunication and misunderstanding in a stressful situation. I also feel that the school in general would give me more deference. I feel like a man going to the police complaining about his wife beating me. I do not like the way this school treats me. I am still a customer. It is not right that a company treats its customers in such a discriminatory way. I am asking for full appeal and an apology. Thank you.

Sincerely,

James A. Bretney

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