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Professor seeks damages for having been suspended

Date Posted: 2007-07-27

A Ryukyu University professor suspended two years ago for charging fines to late arriving students now wants the school to pay for its inappropriate actions.

Minoru Nagai had been collecting ¥100 coins from students who came late to class, an action university officials decided improper. The school suspended him without pay. Minoru admits he “did collect the ¥100 coins from latecomers, but it was to make students learn how they have a bad habit, and to instill more correct studying attitudes.” He says the collections made students more motivated to studying.

He’s asking Ryukyu University to pay him ¥10.65 million for not “giving me a chance to speak about my actions. They just took disciplinary action against me.” He contends he should have been paid, despite the school’s suspending the class. The university disagrees, pointing out “we understand you made student spirits higher, and encouraged serious study, but you shouldn’t make absent students pay the ¥100 fines.” When students refused to pay the fine, Minoru listed them absent from class.

Minoru said he used the money from fines to purchase materials students could use for studies. He’s now circulating a petition on behalf of students who want to purchase a soft drinks machine so they can drink during class. The university says the professor is a bit of a troublemaker.

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