“I was a TA for one of the larger universities in the Midwest, working on my doctorate. One day, my laptop was stolen from my office. Filed a police report, assumed it was a lost cause. But, only a limited number of people have access to that office, so it bothered me. I had my suspicions about an individual, but no proof. Explanation from building superintendent: a homeless man brought a ladder in and climbed over ceiling boards at night (apparently this had happened before, and the guy was still floating around somehow). Also curiously my office mate had had some checks stolen and attempted to cash a few weeks prior, so I had reason to believe this was wrong and something else was going on. Things don’t just walk away from locked offices.
A week later, I’m on the pot late at night, and walk out to find my laptop (and half a dozen other valuables, including a checkbook) staring at me across the hall… in the open janitors closet (he was down the hall cleaning another office). So I grab it all, run back to my office, and call campus police. They show up, take a report, collect stolen items, call it a day.
Next day, super calls me into office and tells me that I was wrong and found that stuff in the hallway, and that I need to amend my report, clearly implying that my enrollment was at stake. What he doesn’t know is that I had already completed my grad requirements and there was no way in hell they could legally pull them (I made copies of EVERYTHING, all electronic and paper, lots of trail to cover my ass… I’d already had tons of problems getting what I need, and I wasn’t going to let them win), so I went back to the campus police and told them what happened.
Turns out the janitorial staff shouldn’t have even been there at the time I found those things.. They were scheduled for much later at night. A week later the campus cops came back and said they had to drop the case because it had been resolved. At this point, I don’t trust anyone, so I call the real cops. They take a report and can’t believe what they’re hearing. Detective says protecting students in a rough town is a top priority and thanks me for this information.
A couple of months later, newspaper article detailing how the school had been hiring without any background check at all, hiring/paying under the table, including ex-cons and people with active arrest warrants. They had even been using the place to distribute drugs. Whole janitorial/grounds department gets turned over within days, a big public apology.
I still got my doctorate.
Tl;dr Everybody got fired because I would not go quietly into the night.” – BarryAllen85