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Frost, who said she reported plagiarism internally, viewed the charge as retribution for going public. University officials said they were required to investigate Hansen’s allegation.
The dismissal, made official just before a scheduled arraignment date, is "a big relief," Frost said. "I just want it over and done."
Iron County attorney Scott Garrett did not return a message seeking comment, nor did an attorney representing Frost, who quit SUU and is now looking for a new job.
The ESL program at SUU is part of its School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Originally started by a for-profit company, Internexus Language Schools, in 2001, the program was taken over by SUU in August 2011. It has about 180 students, and is designed to prepare those with little or no English skills for college studies at SUU.
Most of those students are from Saudi Arabia. That country’s Cultural Mission banned students from entering the program in December, citing both student complaints and its "oversaturation" with Saudi students.
Once SUU meets the guideline of having no more than 35 percent of students sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, officials plan to ask for the program be reinstated, Atkinson said.
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