Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Appeal to the Dean of the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Pompey, Aaron"
To: ""
Sent: Tue, May 17, 2011 12:10:36 PM
Subject: FW: James Bretney - Suspension Notice
Dear James,

Thank you for your appeal letter. I will review your appeal and provide a decision within the time outlined in your letter and in the Student Conduct Policy.

Best regards,

Aaron Pompey
Dean of Student Affairs
The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica CA 90405
tel: 310-314-6075
fax: 310-314-6052

From: Airborne Productions, Inc. []
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:05 PM
To: Pompey, Aaron
Subject: Fw: James Bretney - Suspension Notice


This email constitutes as my appeal. The hearing in question that Ms. Kohn conducted was neither impartial or fair. The prima facie evidence to support this case is overwhelming. You know that she is biased against me. She has demonstrated this bias over many instances some of them witnessed by yourself. Also the day of this "hearing," I immediately requested to see you about her disrespect. You asked that I sent up an appointment. I honored your request. The following day which was a Saturday, your subordinate Ms. Kohn issues the suspension notice. I called both you and Ms. Kohn within minutes of receiving this email and neither you or Ms. Kohn were to be found.

It is disgraceful that a customer and a veteran should be treated this way with your consent. In particular, your employee, Ms. Kohn interrupted me, a customer and spoke over me during a interrogation masquerading as a question and answer session. I have alerted you on several instances that my perception is that this mistreatment constitutes a bias against a veteran, a heterosexual man over 30. I communicated to you that this is a double standard. As your company receives federal funding and accepts tuition money from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, it is your duty to comply with Equal Opportunity statutes which state that if a student communicates to a school official a complaint of discrimination and bias, an investigation must happen immediately. This did not happen.

The fact that this has happened to myself and Joshua Jaa Jaa, also an Iraq War veteran means this constitutes a pattern of behavior by your company.

In America, we operate under the assumption of innocent before proven guilty. The accusers have a responsibility to provide all the evidence to the accused so that the accused can prepare a proper defense. That does not happen at your office. Instead you dismissed my request out of hand.

You have 30 days to rescind this decision. Should you decide to rescind this decision, I will need a written apology from both you for ignoring my request for fair and equitable treatment and I will need both a written and verbal apology from Ms. Kohn. She will need to admit that she was wrong. If this does not happen within 30 days, I will have no choice but to explore all avenues afforded to me by the law. Thank you.

James A. Bretney | President | Airborne Productions, Inc | 1421 West Venice Suite 7 | Venice, CA 90291 | 520 255 4137

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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Kohn, Dawn"
To: "Airborne Productions, Inc."
Sent: Sat, May 14, 2011 11:42:14 AM
Subject: James Bretney - Suspension Notice
May 14, 2011

James Bretney, ID #352571
1421 W. Venice Blvd., Apt. 7
Venice, CA 90291

Dear James:

On Friday, May 13, 2011, you met in my office with Kate Jones, HR Generalist, Samuel Peña, Residential Life Assistant and Student Affairs Representative, and with me in regard to an alleged incident that occurred on April 27, 2011. Specifically, it was reported that you tampered with work that was being uploaded by a faculty member for a school project. Additionally, your behavior toward campus faculty was reported as rude, aggressive, and non-compliant.

The purpose of conduct meetings and conduct hearings are to gather additional details from students about reported incidents to determine possible violations of the Student Conduct Policy, as well as, in this case, possible violations of the terms of your Final Conduct Probation on which you were placed February 27, 2011. This information was explained to you during our meeting, but you chose to end the meeting, citing that you felt you were in a hostile environment; however, you exhibited hostile behavior, including raising your voice and talking over me several times during this meeting. I explained to you that if you refused to answer my questions, as they were being asked, I would have no choice but to render a decision without your input. Furthermore, during this meeting you exhibited the same non-compliant behavior that has been reported throughout this quarter and that has resulted in conduct sanctioning.

After considering all information, including details from today’s meeting, you have been found in violation of the following policies stated in the 2010-2011 Student Handbook:

6.b.ii. Breach of peace on college property or at any college-sponsored or supervised program.

14.a. Persistent or gross acts of willful disobedience or defiance toward college personnel.

14.b. Failure to comply with the direction of college officials, faculty, staff or security officers who are acting in performance of their duties. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or school official.

Additionally, you have been found in violation of the terms of your Final Conduct Probation as outlined in a letter to you on February 7, 2011:

2) You have been placed on final conduct probation regarding this matter until June 20, 2011.
a. Conduct that breaches peace on college property or at any college-sponsored or supervised program will not be tolerated and, should this happen again, may result in additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
b. Failure to comply with direction of college officials, faculty, staff or security officers who are acting in the performance of their duties and/or violations of school safety regulations may result in additional sanctions against you including probation, suspension or expulsion.

8) Failure to comply with the above sanctions may result in further sanctioning, including final probation, suspension, or expulsion.

This letter will serve to document the following:

1) You are placed on Conduct Suspension from the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles until May 13, 2012.
a. Please be advised that you are not permitted to apply at another Art Institute during this time.
2) Effective immediately, you are no longer allowed on-campus at the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, inside any classroom building, to attend any school-sponsored event, or to enter school-sponsored housing. If you are found to be in any of the aforementioned locations, you may face expulsion or may be arrested for trespassing.
3) You must mail your ID badge to the Art Institute and to my attention. This should be received no later than May 20, 2011.
4) Failure to comply with the restrictions stated above may result in additional sanctioning, including expulsion.
5) After May 13, 2012, you may be able to apply for re-entry pending review by the Department of Student Affairs.

Should you decide to contest this decision, you must submit a written appeal to Aaron Pompey, Dean of Student Affairs, at, within seven calendar days after receiving this letter. Your letter must detail all bases for your appeal. Your letter must clearly state the extenuating circumstances or the grounds for believing the decision that was made was arbitrary or biased or that it was without adherence to The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles’ policies and procedures, and provide any supporting documentation. The Dean will render a written decision within thirty calendar days after receiving the appeal and the Dean’s decision will be final. Please note that students wishing to appeal a disciplinary decision must obey the terms of the decision pending the outcome of the appeal.

If you have any further questions, I can be reached via email at


Dawn Kohn
Director of Student Development
The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles
2900 31st Street, Santa Monica CA 90405
310-314-6076 (p)
310-314-6052 (f)

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