Professor Accused of Providing Drugs to Students

May 1, 2017

A professor at Oakland University in Michigan has been arrested on charges of operating a drug house out of his home and providing drugs to students, among other offenses, Local 4 News reported.

Joseph Schiele, a business professor at Oakland, has been charged with seven counts, including a felony related to firearms, possession with intent to deliver and operating a drug house.

The university police chief said he had received two anonymous tips during a six-month period, both relating to parties at the professor’s home in Oakland Township.

“There were references to drugs, illegal drugs, and underage drinking made during the anonymous tips,” Mark Gordon, Oakland University police chief, said. “There was enough consistency between the two of them, from two different people, that we said there’s probably something to this.”

Because the events occurred off campus, Gordon handed the case over to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the allegations and found ketamine in Schiele’s home.

A 22-year-old female student visited Schiele’s house more than 30 different times to drink and do drugs, according to court transcripts. She specifically mentioned using cocaine and ketamine at his house. A 19-year-old male students said he had been to the professor’s house fewer than 10 times and had been provided alcohol, marijuana and ketamine.

The professor has been at Oakland since 2004 and was tenured in 2010. He declined a request for comment from Local 4 News.

The university has placed Schiele on paid administrative leave.

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