Dianne Jolley, the Dean of Science at the University of Technology, has pleaded not guilty to orchestrating a five-month fake harassment campaign against herself.
An Australian professor has been charged with implementing a bogus harassment campaign against herself following the controversial cancellation of a degree program.
Dianne Jolley, a professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at the University of Technology Sydney, allegedly sent threatening letters to herself between May and September as a protest against abolition of the degree in traditional Chinese medicine, university officials believe.
According to Stuff.com, Jolley, who’s also the school’s Dean of Science, claimed that in addition to the letters, various articles of clothing had been sent to her … had clothes stolen from her backyard.
As a result, “significant security measures” were put in place to protect the professor. But after an investigation by Sydney Police, officials ended up charging Jolley with “obtaining a financial advantage by deception, giving false information about a person or property in danger, and making false representations resulting in a police investigation.”
Jolley attorney Aaron Kerneghan said his client would plead “not guilty” to all charges.