Update: Soon after Javarinis was terminated, the Northwest State Community College Education Association filed a grievance against Northwest State officials, protesting the termination. In September 2015, the two sides of the dispute reached a settlement agreement, in which Javarinis’s status was changed from “terminated,” to “resigned.” College officials also gave Javarinis a $13,000 cash settlement, and agreed to provide a neutral reference. See the Sept. 23, 2015 issue of the Archbold Buckeye for more details.
Thomas Javarinis, a fulltime instructor at Northwest State Community College, was terminated by the NSCC Board of Trustees, Wednesday, Aug. 27.
The board held a special meeting that day to discuss personnel issues. Part of the meeting was spent in executive (closed-door) session.
Mari Yoder, vice president for institutional advancement at NSCC, said Javarinis, a two-year employee, taught business courses.
Yoder said Javarinis was found to be in violation of the NSCC policy 3-03, “Standards of Conduct.”
A copy of the policy was obtained by this newspaper.
The policy states employees of the college “are expected to conduct themselves in a manner both on- and offduty that does not adversely affect the ability of the employee to perform the duties of their position.
“Inappropriate conduct of any kind, including but not limited to disruptive, discourteous, disrespectful, abusive behavior, substandard quality of work, theft, falsifying records, failure to properly record time worked or any other behavior deemed inappropriate, will be subject to disciplinary action based on the circumstances of the situation.
“Employees should recognize that ‘failure of good behavior’ may be grounds for disciplinary action.
“Failure of good behavior includes but is not limited to discourtesy to the public, absenteeism, tardiness, insubordination, inappropriate attire, and dishonesty.”
The policy adds that if an NSCC employee is “ convicted of any felony the employee shall within ten (10) days, notify the Human Resources Department.
“Failure to notify Human Resources may subject the employee to discipline up to and including termination.”
A check of court records from the four-county area showed no criminal cases involving Javarinis.
Yoder said she could not comment further on the reasons for the termination of Javarinis due to employee privacy rights.
The termination was effective the day of the meeting.
At the same meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Dennis Giacomino, Dean of Student Services, effective Aug. 21.
No reason was given for Giacomino’s resignation.
Yoder said Giacomino began working for Northwest State in 2009.