SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- Dordt College has placed its band director on leave amid reports he had "inappropriate contact with students," a top college administrator said in an email to students Wednesday.
Bradley Miedema, associate professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles, "has been placed on leave pending a further decision" from the college's board of trustees at its regular meeting next week, provost Eric A. Forseth said in the email. The Journal obtained a copy of the email.
"As a college, we are working with those involved to move forward in ways that acknowledge the seriousness of these actions and in ways that we believe will lead to Christ-centered resolution, healing, and hope," Forseth said in the email. He did not elaborate.
Forseth said Campus Ministries and Student Services "are working to serve the campus community as we seek to fully understand the nature of this situation and find the best ways forward.''
A meeting for students enrolled in a course or ensemble led by Miedema were invited to a meeting Wednesday night for more information and details on the next steps, Forseth said in the email.
Miedema, who has 25 years of experience teaching music in schools from elementary grades through college, conducts Dordt's Chamber Orchestra, campus-community band and concert band, according to his biography on Dordt's website.
Brandon Huisman, vice president of enrollment and marketing, said late Wednesday he could not provide information beyond what was in the email because it involves a personnel matter. Miedema could not immediately be reached for comment late Wednesday.
Dordt, a private, Christian liberal arts college in Sioux Center, has an enrollment of about 1,500 students.