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Walker had access to Edison emails after being fired

Walker had access to Edison emails after being fired

By Matt Grant. CREATED Jan 27, 2012
FORT MYERS - Fired Edison State College president Dr. Ken Walker, who plans to sue the college, had access to work emails two days after being fired and nearly two months after the college said his access had been cut off, Fox 4 has learned.
 
At the Fort Myers law firm of Brown, Suarez and Rios, when an employee leaves the firm their email access is cut off immediately.
 
“I believe it's just the common business practice throughout all types of industries," said attorney and partner Rene Suarez. "You don't want people to misinterpret that perhaps this individual is still representing the entity.”
 
It's a practice that Edison State College didn't seem to follow.
 
When Walker was suspended on Nov. 29 the college says his Edison email was "automatically disabled."
 
But Walker received and replied to an email Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant sent his Edison account Thursday, two days after he was fired and nearly two months after his account was supposedly shut off.
 
"For some reason they still come to my Blackberry but not to my...computer," Walker wrote in an email, this time from his personal account.
 
"I don't know if the college forgot to change the forwarding," Walker wrote, "or if they just wanted me to get personal emails so that I could respond."
 
We asked college spokesperson Teresa Morgenstern about this and she admits the college missed a step.
 
“Unfortunately in this process of disabling his email and portal access we missed disabling his Blackberry application as well," said Morgenstern. "That has since been done and it is disabled.”
 
Fox 4 spoke with an IT expert who says if Walker's account was really disabled back in November, he shouldn't have been able to get our email, let alone respond.
 
The college says they are investigating.
 
“We're appreciative that it was brought to our attention," said Morgenstern. "We researched this thoroughly and we are very confident that everything has been thoroughly disabled.”
 
Walker's response:
 
"I do NOT have access to my old account or the college portal. The college did cut that off and I cannot access any of it. E-mails that go to my old account were set up to be forwarded to my personal account at aol so I could work them while traveling. For some reason they still come to my blackberry, but not to my personal computer at home.

I don't know if the college forgot to change the forwarding or if they just wanted me to get personal e-mails so that I could respond. I am sending a copy of this to Mark Lipe so he can look into it from the college network."

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com