Ravi Shankar's mug shot from an arrest in Middletown last year. Middletown Police Department
Ravi Shankar's mug shot from an arrest in Middletown last year.
Ravi Shankar’s mug shot from an arrest in Middletown last year. Middletown Police Department
Ravi Shankar’s mug shot from an arrest in Middletown last year. Middletown Police Department

The state’s largest public college system has paid a professor with multiple criminal convictions $60,409 in exchange for his resignation and dismissal of all pending legal complaints against the Board of Regents.

Ravi Shankar, a poetry professor at Central Connecticut State University, has been convicted of offenses that include driving under the influence, giving a police officer someone else’s license after getting into a collision, and providing a false statement to authorities in a credit-card fraud scheme. He also has been charged with several other offenses, including driving with a suspended license, in recent months.

Facing scrutiny, the public system’s governing board considered rescinding a recent promotion Shankar received but backed off when it became clear that the Code of Conduct in the current labor contract with the union that represents faculty does not provide for consideration of a criminal record for incidents that take place off campus.

Michael Kozlowski, a spokesman for the system, said the regents continue to seek changes to the union contract so that they can consider convictions of employees when making hiring and firing decisions.

Kozlowski said the settlement was necessary to move forward.

“We are pleased it’s over and we can get past it,” he said.

Shankar had levied several claims against the public university system. With this $60,409 settlement, Shankar promised to dismiss any complaints or lawsuits.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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