The first AUI-S Chancellor, Dr. Owen Cargol, had been dismissed from the Northern Arizona University due to sexual harassment allegations made by a male employee.
Dr. Cargol, who served for four months as the AUI-S chancellor, was hired without any real investigations into his past.
Dr. John Agresto, the former AUI-S provost, admits to this fact.
Dr. Agresto told Jack Stripling, who wrote an article entitled Not Our Best and Brightest? that they had no knowledge of the sexual harassment allegations.
While a quick Google search of the name could get the AUI-S administration to the news of Dr. Cargol's resignation due to the allegation easily.
Dr. Cargol is described by his colleagues as "incompetent" and "lacking managing skills" to administer a college.
Stan Lindstendt, a professor of Biology at the Northern Arizona University, says that the people in Iraq should be "out of their mind" to hire Dr. Owen Cargol.
But the strange thing is that Dr. Cargol was easily hired by the AUI-S board of trustees to lead the first American university in Iraq.
It was only after a report by a young Indiana University graduate, Jeremy Young, published a blog on Dr. Cargol that Dr. Cargol resigned from his job.
However, Middle East seems to be the Wild West for some of the American professors.
Dr. Owen Cargol is now working as the Vice President of the University of Yammamah in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Cargol is not the only case of AUI-S ignorance of its employee's past.
Dr. John Agresto, in his previous article to Student Eye, admitted again that they didn't know much about Dr. John Dolan, who was fired from the university due to articles that "didn't fit the AUI-S policies".
The article that Dr. John Dolan was fired for was written four years before the decision. This means that the AUI-S administration was not aware of something that was available for public.
Regardless of the legitimacy of the firing decision, the administration is responsible for not knowing about something everyone else knew about while it was related to one of its professors.
In order to avoid similar mistakes, the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani needs to have a system of careful scanning for the past of the people applying for positions at AUI-S.
The Administration and the Academic Dean of Students should take the students' complains about their professors seriously, for there might be professors with poorly reviewed pats. Being a blond guy or a native speaker are not enough to hire people. The administration should take every necessary measure to prevent turning of AUI-S into Wild West, where everyone can come and test their chances of making money.