Ypsillanti, Mich. (FREEP) Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents has told EMU President Susan Martin she needs to get a handle on her drinking in public or face termination.
In the letter, dated May 17, 2012, the board told Martin that an outburst at a recent event in Washington was inappropriate. There were also other unspecified incidents involving alcohol, the letter said.
"It is, however, incumbent on us to emphasize the severity of this incident and its potential impact on your role and symbol of the university," said the letter, which was signed by Regents Roy Wilbanks, Francine Parker and Mike Morris. The trio make up the board's executive committee.
"You must deal with this issue immediately. If there are any further incidents, you will leave us no alternative but to recommend to the Board that your employment be terminated for just cause ..."
In a response to the letter included in her personnel file, Martin said she had been at an event all day, had nothing to eat and then had a few drinks. That, combined with a spirited discussion with an alumnus, led to the incident.
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