The University of Southern Alabama has placed its police chief on administrative leave, but an alleged press release containing details of the situation appears to come from a fake university news source and is not an official statement the United States.
Lance Crawford, director of media relations for the United States, said on Wednesday afternoon that the University’s only official statement on the chief’s status was brief: “University Police Chief Zeke Aull is on administrative leave. pending the resolution of a personnel problem. The University has no further comment at this time. Crawford said Aull would also have no comment.
On Wednesday, at least some members of the university community received a detailed email from [email protected] The email, dated as if from a media outlet, includes criticism of Aull from an unnamed former employee and cites a purported statement from the University that gives more details about the nature of the matter. Staff. Crawford said the email was not an academic statement and that southalnews.com was not an official university communication channel.
Later that day, the United States issued an additional statement addressed to faculty, staff and students: “Some of you received spam today from ‘University of South Alabama News’ with the address email [email protected] The email was not from the University of South Alabama The email contained factually incorrect information It included a statement attributed to the University of South Alabama which did not been published by the University.
The new official statement also said that Captain Phil Fishel will serve as interim chief.
Based on the registration information on the Internet, it seems that the southalnews site was created at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday by unknown persons. Crawford said the university is investigating the site’s role in the situation.
For most of Wednesday afternoon, the site redirected all traffic to a WALA-TV10 report on the leader’s suspension, also dated June 8. Later that day, it changed to link to a WKRG-TV5 article on the suspension. Why the site did this is a mystery: both the WALA story and the WKRG story quoted the university’s official statement along with additional information; neither appeared to rely on the questionable email and neither repeated the claims it contained.