Posts Tagged ‘University of Virginia’


The Hook: Bully buster? VQR spurs UVA launch of ‘respectful workplace’

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is a Kevin Morrissey suicide story update. The Hook’s investigative reporter, David McNair, reports on the launch of the University of Virginia’s respectful workplace policy and program. Here are my thoughts.

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The Hook: Final days – Emails show VQR’s ‘awkward workplace scenario’

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is a Kevin Morrissey suicide story update. The Hook’s investigative reporter, David McNair, uncovered the e-mail exchanges between Kevin and University HR rep. Angelee Godbold who was somewhat sympathetic to Morrisseey who had been banned from his office for no ojective reason by his editor boss, Ted Genoways. Godbold characterized Morrissey’s situation as an “awkward workplace scenario,” but advised him to follow orders lest he be called “insubordinate.” Frustrated by the administration’s failure to reign in Genoways, Morrissey went over Godbold to more senior officials and the gentle man apologized to Godbold for doing so! Godbold agreed that HR had no power over Genoways, a manager, because he reported directly to the then campus President Casteen. And the president’s office had done nothing to protect Morrissey. The last disparaging e-mail from Genoways to Morrissey was on July 30 at 9:47 am. Kevin committed suicide shortly after that. – GN

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UVa Report after Morrissey suicide – No negatives for boss Genoways

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Kevin Morrissey’s July 30 suicide near the campus of the University of Virginia where he worked set off a national uproar. His surviving sister, Maria, who had contacted WBI, called the boss Ted Genoways a bully who had tormented her brother for 3 years. Here at WBI, we didn’t care about branding Genoways and never did. Instead, we believed the employer was negligent in light of their failure to respond to numerous informal complaints Morrissey and others had made to various institutional offices including the President’s office and HR. Apologists rushed to Genoways defense. The internal audit (investigation?) report was filed on Oct. 20. Let’s take a look inside and decipher hidden  meanings.

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Journalism ethics professor trivializes Univ of Virginia story

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Ed Wasserman was a reporter and is now a professor of journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University. He opined in his Aug. 29 newspaper column on the media about the Kevin Morrissey suicide story at the University of Virginia that would not have been a story without the “tilt of coverage toward this hot new social malady” (thanks for the back-handed compliment about awareness about workplace bullying).

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Morrissey suicide story on Today Show

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

On Monday Aug. 23, the NBC-TV Today Show aired an interview with Maria Morrissey, sister of Kevin Morrissey who committed suicide on July 30 in Charlottesville, VA in connection with his job at the Virginia Quarterly Review on the campus of the University of Virginia. Also interviewed was Morrissey’s co-worker, Waldo Jaquith. For the most details about the story, read The Hook article.

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More on Morrissey, UVa employee suicide

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Virginia Public Radio reporter Sandy Hausman interviewed Maria Morrissey, sister of suicide victim Kevin Morrissey, Dr. Gary Namie – WBI Director, and Ted Genoways attorney Snook for Aug. 23, 2010 report.

Listen to the audio report.

Read this Aug. 23 article: “The Rise and Fall of Ted Genoways” by the editor of ZYZZYVASPEAKS, a journal of West Coast writers & authors

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Kevin Morrissey suicide update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The most detailed account of events at the University of Virginia that led up to Kevin Morrissey’s suicide can be found in the Charlottesville newspaper, The Hook:

Tale of Woe: The death of Kevin Morrissey by Dave McNair, August 18, 2010

Take time to read the several comments, including mine.

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Depression or alleged bully boss prompt suicide?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

ABC News coverage of the Kevin Morrissey suicide at the University of Virginia asks the question.

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University suicide points to nonreponsive employer

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Ted Genoways, VQR editor accused of bullying by suicide victim

At universities, people tend to think of teaching and research faculty and staff as the only employees. At the University of Virginia, the president supports a literary journal, the Virginia Quarterly Review, prestigious to poets and fiction writers. Kevin Morrissey, 52, the VQR managing editor had been hired by a young Ted Genoways, 38, new himself to the editor post in 2003.

On July 30, Kevin Morrissey committed suicide after a reported three years of torment by Genoways despite the two having a genuine friendship at the start of their work together.

There was a record of several calls by Morrissey to university institutional helpers (HR, ombuds, EAP, president’s office). Either his call for help was not answered or treated with indifference. Those familiar with Morrissey’s complaints said that the rationalization for Genoways was that creative people like him could be difficult to work with and were often bad managers! In other words, live with him, adjust to him, Genoways is indispensable. Note the abdication of responsibility by this employer for the safe working conditions of its employees.

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