Purdue professor arrested for alleged public intoxication

A visiting professor at Purdue is out of a job after students told the school he showed up to class drunk, with an open beer.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 6:45 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A visiting professor at Purdue is out of a job after students told the school he showed up to class drunk, with an open beer.

Visiting math professor Roman Urban allegedly showed up to a lecture with the can of beer. He was scheduled to be at Purdue for the spring semester, but after the incident, his employment was terminated.

In his time at Purdue, police said Roman Urban has been arrested twice. West Lafayette police arrested him once on Thursday and Purdue police arrested him Friday. Both arrests were for alleged public intoxication.

Students on campus said normally, they would find a situation like this to be comical. However, because this one of the most stressful times in the semester, they said it isn't funny at all.


Patrick Fischer wasn't in the class, however he said this time of year is stressful enough.

"If you had office hours or you had a question for him and he just shows up inebriated, you're not helping at all in fact you can't even answer this question that was supposed to prepare me for my final," said Fischer. 

Student Cayley Mason agrees.

"There's not really words for it, so it is just like I don't know we just see what happens and hopefully they handle the situation as best they can," said Mason. 

The University's Math Department head Greg Buzzard, sent out an email to all of the students in the class.

In it he says in part: "I realize that final exam week is already a stressful time, and I apologize that this situation has added to your stress. We will do our best to resolve this situation fairly for all," said Buzzard. 

The email also includes a list of options students can take in order to successfully complete the class.

News 18 asked Purdue for insight into the checks a candidate must clear before they can teach at Purdue.

Spokesman Brian Zink said, "the university does perform criminal background checks for all appointments, including short-term, visiting appointments like Dr. Urban's. Purdue's background checks include a complete federal criminal history as well as a state and local criminal history for each county of residence. We cannot comment specifically on the results of any particular individual's background check." 

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