UD graduate recently arrested

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By Sally Krutzig

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Recent graduate Emily Rogers was arrested on Thursday, April 9 for an alleged sexual relationship with one of her students. The offense is believed to have taken place on Dec. 25, 2014, according to Comal County records. Rogers will face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. She faces a charge of a second-degree felony for improper relations between an educator and a student.

Rogers was released from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, the same day she was arrested, on a $100,000 bail.

Rogers, who graduated from the University of Dallas in May of 2014 as a history major with a concentration in education, taught social studies at Smithson Valley High School near San Antonio. According to the high school’s website, she was teaching pre-AP geography to ninth-graders.

Last year, she served as the University of Dallas women’s soccer senior captain. She also received “judges’ favorite” for the annual Clodecott Awards, given annually to the author of the best children’s books written in the Child and Young Adult Literature course.

Correction: this story has been updated from an earlier version regarding Rogers’ involvement with the education department at the University of Dallas.

47 COMMENTS

  1. Why would this be published? She was not convicted, correct? If she is innocent, this only adds to her embarrassment. If she is guilty, it is still gossip. Is this information something the average University News student can use for some purpose? Are we worried that our children are in danger? I don’t think so. I think this is just gossip.

  2. I always knew that the education major didn’t actually teach much, but I would’ve thought “don’t have sex with children” would’ve been covered at some point.

    • This is a rude and insensitive comment. I hope you realize that trying to be funny at the expense of someone’s image and making fun of an entire department is ridiculous and unnecessary.

      • I would say *totally* ridiculous and *completely* unnecessary.

        But I would think one would be angrier at the person having sex with children, rather than the people daring to make fun of her.

        • We do not know if this person has had sex with a child/an adolescent. You seem to have jumped to a conclusion that is not based in fact. As a faculty member of UD, I am sure your UD professors did not teach you to have this lack of sensitivity. I am pretty sure that most of them would expect you to have learned to be more thoughtful, prudent, and wise .

          • It sounds to me like Ms. Boazman was close to this student. I would caution you to not let that affect your judgement of this situation, professor.

    • I’m sorry, what is it that you actually meant by this? How is it that you “always knew that the education major didn’t actually teach much?” What is your basis for this statement?

      Yes, “don’t have sex with children” is always explicitlty taught as is every line of the Texas Educator Code of Ethics.

  3. Wow maybe you are just trying to stir the pot but I received an incredible education from the education department. Dr. Caraway, Dr. Boazman, and Khirallah were incredible teachers who went above and beyond every day. Don’t insult an entire department just because of one person’s choices. That is extremely short sighted and do is undervaluing the importance of teacher and what they do. We spend more time with your kids than you will.

    • “That is extremely short sighted and do is undervaluing the importance of teacher and what they do.”

      Yeah, wow, that education really was incredible.

      • The University of Dallas Department of Education does give UD students an incredible education. The UD education students are consistently welcomed into the classrooms of the Irving public schools during their practicum and student teaching internships. It is recognized by many public school systems that teachers who are prepared by the UD education department are head and shoulders above education students from other universities and teacher preparation programs.

        University of Dallas Department of Education has a 100% passing rate on teacher certification.

        The Department of Education has a very successful record of our students being hired. In fact, there are many years that we not only have a 100% passing rate on certification but a 100% hire rate for our graduates. Our students who teach in public school systems earn approximately $50,000 during their first year of teaching and it goes up from there.

        The UD education graduates who work in the public school system make a difference in the culture of the public schools they work in and make an enormous difference in the lives of the students they teach.

        So yes, it was an incredible education, from both the History Department and the Department of Education.

        • Actually, Dr. Boazman’s comments do an *excellent* job of demonstrating precisely why the education major was thought a joke by the rest of the university (at least while I was in attendance, and admittedly as quite less of a joke than the school of business).

          Let’s go through the evidence for the Department of Education’s “incredible” education.

          1. Students get hands-on experience teaching kids.

          2. Other public school systems really like UD grads.

          3. All of our students get certified.

          4. All of our students get hired.

          5. Our students typically make a lot of money.

          6. They actually do their jobs as teachers.

          Do you notice a pattern here? Your entire conception of a “successful education” is *completely* pragmatic. What you’re talking about here isn’t an education at all, as the University of Dallas normally considers education– it’s job training.

          In most departments we are told “the thought of Dewey is mostly hooey– we have long been ruing learning by doing.” In this department you take *pride* in your practical education. In most departments, if one asked “why are your students so well educated?” the response would be based around the curriculum (as well as the Core). Your response to “are your students actually educated at all?” is “look at the dough they’re making!”

          I don’t doubt that UD produces some of the best teachers in our public school systems today, but given that this is the “education” our *best* teachers are given, it’s no wonder that our entire education system is in such a sorry state.

          • Possibly the University of Dallas needs to widen its/their thoughts about education so the graduates are not so narrow minded and off base regarding reality and practicality. So that the graduates have a more flexible, positive, accurate, and tactful disposition, and an inclusive outlook. The comments posted above by Rob S. are very narrow and should not be thought of as a representation of the beliefs of the University of Dallas or the general population of the University of Dallas.

          • Of course your first and last comments are at obvious odds–
            “Possibly The University of Dallas needs to widen its thoughts about education so the graduates are not so narrow minded and off base regarding reality and practicality.”
            “[Rob S.]’s comments …should not be thought of as a representation of the beliefs of the University of Dallas.”

            As, if I’m *not* representative, then there would be know need for UD to “widen” its thoughts beyond my supposedly narrow pov.

            My comments are indeed generally representative of UD’s values; they’re not ONE HUNDRED PERCENT representative, because people like you have been working hard to take the Cowans’ dream and turn it into something something “practical” rather than ideal for some time. It’s why we lost fourth philosophy, why Lit Trad IV is optional, it’s why we have a business school at all, it’s why Philosophy of Man became the Human Person.

            Seeing as how your vision of mediocrity is far more marketable than a belief in education as a good in and of itself that benefits the individual without any reference to resulting $ made, I’m sure some day your kind will win. You will succeed in eroding UD’s values.

            But for now it remains dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, of truth, and of virtue, not of job training, or of practical experience, as the proper and primary ends of education.

            Your kind are the mice gnawing away at our foundation. But for now, the house still stands.

  4. This is gossip and should be taken down. Why are we reporting on this? She is not convicted, this could be slanderous. Stop trying to be edgy–this is a real person.

  5. I can see the headlines now: University publishes slanderous article about former alums in school newspaper, improves alumni relations, improves public perceptions about the university, lists former student’s other accomplishments.

  6. You people do know what slander actually entails, right? You have to actually say something false? Please point to where this article is actually slanderous. It reports the facts. A graduate was arrested.

    Now, it might be a completely tasteless, premature, awful, terrible decision to actually run this story, but that’s not slander.

    • There is false information in this story. This former UD student was NOT arrested for an alleged sexual relationship. She was NOT charged with improper relations between an educator and a student. The charge was an improper relationship between an educator and student. This charge does not necessarily mean she had sex with a student. She did NOT graduate with a degree in education. The University of Dallas does not offer a degree in education. She is a secondary teacher. Secondary teachers major in a content area and take courses to make them eligible to earn Texas teacher certification.

      Thank you Hannah Boyer for your comments. You and all of those who echo your sentiments are right on track with your thinking.

      Thank you “Graduated With Emily” I appreciate your sentiment.

      • Just so everyone is not misled by this comment, the above report is indeed accurate (as long as I’m not missing something from the penal code). If you look at the Texas Penal Code, (available here: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs/pe/htm/pe.21.htm ) the “improper relationship between educator and student” charge to which Dr. Boazman refers is either 1. “sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse” or 2. “communicates in a sexually explicit manner with a minor or distributes sexually explicit material to a minor.”

        So yeah. Don’t think that this person was arrested for any kind of NON-sexual relationship. She wasn’t arrested for hanging out, sending him mixtapes, binging on netflix, etc. She may not be accused of CONSUMMATING a sexual relationship with a student, but the relationship instead may have been completely confined to sexting.

        • Rob, calm down. The legal definition of slander requires that it be false, but that does not mean that we ought to publish things like this. You know perfectly well this will hurt her reputation even if it turn out to be totally false. “Being arrested for” doesn’t mean you actually did it, as you know. Quit being intentionally difficult.

        • Possibly the University of Dallas needs to widen its/their thoughts about education so the graduates are not so narrow minded and off base regarding reality and practicality. So that the graduates have a more flexible, positive, accurate, and tactful disposition, and an inclusive outlook. The comments posted above by Rob S. are very narrow and should not be thought of as a representation of the beliefs of the University of Dallas or the general population of the University of Dallas.

          • Here is where Rob S. and I agree – “She may not be accused of CONSUMMATING a sexual relationship with a student, but the relationship instead may have been completely confined to sexting.”

            Or she may have not done anything and is wrongly accused. We do not know any details about what happened.

          • I find it rather disturbing, Dr. Boazman, that you seem to be implying that an instructor “sexting” a student isn’t THAT serious. So long as she didn’t consummate it, it’s not that bad?

          • Pauline C. – I appreciate you view and this reply is meant with respect to you and sincerity. I agree it would be VERY disturbing if I or any other person viewed sexting as being any better conduct. My words were not meant to imply that I thought sexting or other forms of sexual conduct with children were less offensive or harmful. Sexual conduct of any kind between a teacher and a student is wrong and we teach that it is wrong. I was trying to find some common ground to make the point that we just don’t know what was done and we should not rush to judgement.

  7. I wasn’t necessarily implying it was slander, just mostly making a joke newspaper headline intended to be a dig at the fact that they end the article by discussing the university activity participation and various accomplishments of the accused. I don’t actually think that there will ever really be such a newspaper headline. But then again I never thought I’d be reading something as horrific as the above article in the UD news, so I guess I should avoid being premature with my jokes.

  8. I am just wondering if any of you ever watch the news or read a newspaper on a daily basis. Do you really know the meaning of slander? When someone gets arrested it is public knowledge. Also, in the first sentence Sally writes the word ” alleged” which, to any one of sense, means the young lady is charged with a crime and not yet convicted.

    The University News is a news source, which is designed to inform one on the good and not so good stories. Get over yourselves; an alumna was arrested. Does it really matter from which department she got a degree?

    If you want only the “good” news on alumni resort to your alumni publication. For other news, consult a media outlet.

    Don’t jump on the journalists who report the story; you should concentrate on praying for this young lady, the victim, and their families.

    • But why would the regular readers of the University News want this kind of information, if not for gossip? I doubt any of us are worried about our children’s safety at this woman’s school district. A university newspaper does not need to be reporting on the legal problems of recent grads. Focus on campus issues, not awful gossip about the problems of an alumna on the other side of the state.

      • Hannah, gossip means that the information being said is likely untrue and has no actual backing. Nothing in this report is untrue nor is it making any claims or assumptions. Every other university newspaper, that I am aware, of reports on information just like this because alumni are still very relevant to the UD community. The day a newspaper, whether a campus newspaper or otherwise, filters the content it produces based on whether or not it makes people feel good is the day it stops being a newspaper. This is still a newspaper.

        • “The day a newspaper, whether a campus newspaper or otherwise, filters the content it produces based on whether or not it makes people feel good is the day it stops being a newspaper.”

          Very well said, Miss Claire.

    • Please do not get me wrong. I do not condone a teacher having an improper relationship with any student. I am not defending any improper conduct by this individual. However, I know that every year there are many teachers who are wrongly accused of having improper relationships or improper conduct with students. I personally know of teachers who have found themselves at odds with a student or students and false accusations were made. These false accusations ruin professional and personal lives of innocent individuals. Stories like the one published in this newspaper readily flow and are published when an individual is accused and convicted. When someone is wrongly accused, rarely are stories that report their innocence and the true story published. I am afraid that what the UD newspaper has done here is perpetuate a story that could aid in the defamation of the character of a person.

      I realize that in the first line the word alleged was used. I believe the language used after that misrepresents the charge. The language used in the article makes it appear as though this person has had sexual intercourse with a minor. At least that is what seems to jump to mind with many people I have spoken to about this after they read the story. This may not be the case, but the words used lead the reader to that conclusion. Instead of rewriting the information that has been available online for several weeks, why did the author and editors not take the opportunity to clarify what the charge means and what it does not mean through their reporting? That seems as though it would have been more productive and a better direction for a story like this.
      And yes, we should pray for the victim (if there is truly a victim), and this teacher.

      • Multiple new outlets, including Fox News and the San Antonio Express, wrote about this story long before the University News did. So first, unless you believe the University News holds more weight than those media websites, they did not hurt her reputation any more than it already has been. Second, if other media sites found it relevant enough to be published, why shouldn’t the University News?

        • Local news outlets report on local crime. The University News reports on campus crime every week. They do not need to report on San Antonio arrests.

        • All arguments about the quality of the education department or the definitions of slander, gossip, and news, are completely irrelevant and detract from the real question.

          The question at hand is whether or not it is appropriate for the University News to publish about legal problems that any individual is facing, or in the spirit of the mission of the University to do so. Does doing so accomplish anything? Does doing so harm the individuals by harming their reputation? Does it make other alumni think favorably about the University? Does it affect the public reputation of the University?

          I sincerely hope that the author of the article has made a beautiful red “A” for Emily to wear whenever she visits the University. That certainly would be in the spirit of puritanical callousness demonstrated by this article.

      • It should also be noted that this is a very typical attitude today, and this attitude makes up several key components of perpetuating rape culture: an emphasis on professional reputations over the lives of abuse victims, a pretense that the public– rather than simply juries– has a duty to maintain an assumption that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, and the implication that false allegations are extremely common when they are not.

        I was originally joking about the Education department, but Boazman’s attitude that teacher reputation > student safety, her previously noted attitude that virtual sex with a student isn’t THAT serious, and her own admitted desire to change UD’s core values all make me EXTREMELY uncomfortable, as they should any alumni. These values are being passed on to alumni, and I think most of us would agree that these are all things none of us want to be associated with.

  9. It was completely unnecessary to publish this article. I’m embarrassed that the UD News felt the urge to spend valuable time researching and reporting on this. It has no relevance to the current UD community or education.

  10. Ok, so apparently telling your friends that they and their colleagues are idiots and incompetent makes them pretty upset! So I have learned since making my earlier comments. I would like to apologies for these following implications: 1 that all education majors are COMPLETE idiots, 2 that all education majors learn NOTHING in their programs, 3 that an Education department has NO imaginable role at UD, and 4 that, rather than the American education system itself, it is American teachers that as a group are terrible. Those who hold the aforementioned views: anathema sit.

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