Brandeis Professor Fired After DUI Arrest

Professor hired despite criminal background.

A Brandeis University professor was fired recently after being busted for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Pippin Ross, who had been a journalism professor, was fired in late February after campus police found intoxicated and non-responsive in her vehicle on campus on Feb. 27, according to The Justice, the student run newspaper. Campus police put her in protective custody and transported Ross to the Waltham Police Department. Pippin was fired from the university on Feb. 28.

Also on Feb. 28, Barnstable Police charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving after revocation of license, according to the paper. She has been previously convicted of OUI four times, according to the paper.

Pippin, however, claims his wife suffers from a neurological disorder that has yet to be diagnosed, according to the Justice. He told the paper that Pippin is currently in a Nantucket hospital receiving treatment.

Ross’s Background

Ross was hired after two phone interviews, despite her criminal record being publicly available, including on her own blog, according to the Justice.

Ross was hired under the official process, which does not require background checks. Also, she was hired as an “emergency hire” to replace a faculty member who had an emergency.

Stephen Differ March 11, 2012 at 07:22 AM
No background check !! How is it, that a School with such praise, allows Students to be subjected to Staff that has not been "checked out". What if it were not a Substance issue, but a perverted one. WOW, what would have been the Story then.
Tyrone March 11, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Brandeis is not exactly a top tier University. At real Universities, hiring a Professor is a long drawn out face-to-face process with a minimum of 5 or so candidates being interviewed in person.
x March 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Her husband says Ross was in a "neurological hallucinating zone". How can I get there too? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Linda March 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Tyrone, Brandeis is a 'real' university with esteemed facility and bright students. A breakdown in process for the onboarding of ONE professor is not an accurate reflection of Brandeis protocol. Your generalized and ignorant opinion clearly portrays your limited perspective.
Julius Dichter March 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Brandeis is a top level research institution, remarkable with its small size. Let's actually find out the real story about professor Ross before jumping to stupid conclusions. Recall Dudley Moore who was unjustly accused of alcoholism...
x March 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Julius, Not much 'conclusion jumping' is required as Ross has written extensively about herself: http://pippinrossreporter.wordpress.com/ Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
lisa ridlehoover June 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Alcoholism is a disease. Its not a morality issue NOR should it be a criminaL issue. Pippin Ross is a talented writer, teacher and mentor to many. She has so much to offer this world. I pray for her to get healthy again.


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