HVCC president placed on paid administrative leave after 13Investigates report

HVCC President put on administrative leave

The HVCC Board of Trustees voted to put President Roger Ramsammy on paid administrative leave after a sexual harassment claim had been filed against the president.

The Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted to place President Roger Ramsammy on paid administrative leave.

This decision comes less than 24 hours after 13Investigates broke the story about a sexual harassment complaint allegedly filed against President Ramsammy.

Sources say the claim was filed by a school employee.

The board made its decision after an hourlong executive session behind closed doors. Board members would not talk on camera about the matter, but board Chairman Neil Kelleher released the following statement:

“It is important for members of our community to know that the college takes any report of misconduct very seriously. We have clearly established policies and procedures for handling a claim or allegation in a fair and expeditious manner which we are following. In the meantime, President Ramsammy will be on administrative leave and Louis Coplin will act as officer in charge pending resolution of this matter. As many of you know, Louis recently retired from full time service as vice president of student affairs following more than 35 years of leadership at the college. We hope to reach the conclusion of this matter as soon as possible and we will provide an update to the community at that time.”