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Assistant Dean Archuleta arrested, placed on leave
STANFORD -- Keith Archuleta, an assistant dean of students at Stanford University, was arrested late Friday, May 29, on a charge of eavesdropping by electronic device for allegedly videotaping a woman student.
The university immediately placed Archuleta on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by Vice President for Student Resources Mary Edmonds. One of a dozen assistant deans of students, Archuleta is director of the university's Black Community Services Center and resident fellow for Mirrielees House, a university apartment residence housing 280 sophomore, junior and senior men and women.
Stanford police made the arrest based on a woman student's report Friday of an incident Thursday evening in Archuleta's apartment in the residence. The student said that Archuleta had persuaded her to pose for still photographs for a photographic study he said he was doing, then secretly videotaped her as she changed clothes.
Sgt. Del Bandy, who is heading the criminal investigation, said that police have evidence that several woman had been videotaped on separate occasions. Archuleta was booked Friday night at the North Santa Clara County jail in Palo Alto and released Saturday morning.
Edmonds said that counseling and support services have been provided to the student, and to the staff and other residents of the apartments.
"Our focus now is on supporting the student involved and making sure that she is cared for," she said.
Archuleta, who graduated from Stanford in 1978, has been a resident fellow - overseeing the resident staff - at the upperclass residence since September of 1981. In January 1988, he was named assistant dean in charge of the Black Community Services Center, which provides educational, cultural and social programs to the university and its African American community.
"We are deeply distressed by this situation and regret than an employee who has made significant contributions to the university finds himself in such a position," Dean of Students Michael Jackson said.
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