Barstow Community College Superintendent/President Dr. Deborah DiThomas reiterated Friday that allegations of impropriety by college employees are baseless and an independent investigation she called for on Wednesday night will prove it.

DiThomas called for a "full investigation" at Wednesday night's Board of Trustees meeting after former college employee Susan Rollinson in public comment alleged BCC employees had submitted fraudulent data to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's office.

“I think it is a shame when people misrepresent what is happening to support their cause, or say things that are false or prejudicial to garner attention, or disparage and malign people who think differently than they do,” Dr. DiThomas said in a Friday statement.

“As we all know from watching political debates, things are said in the heat of the moment that are sensational, but not based on the facts.”

DiThomas said when the facts surrounding Rollinson’s allegations are revealed by the independent investigators, she expects that she and the college management team will be praised for jobs well done and for making sure that “student success remains BCCD’s #1 priority.”

DiThomas said the college’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values, and most importantly “our commitment to student success,” are the guiding principles for everyone at Barstow Community College.

“Everyone associated with this college should adhere to those standards,” Dr. DiThomas said in her statement. “We must ensure that our integrity is above reproach. It is what defines us.”