University to host discussion Oct. 29 on white-collar crime

Shippensburg University’s Department of Criminal Justice will sponsor “Crime in the Suites: Corporate and Occupational Deviance” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Tuscarora Room at Reisner Dining Hall. The panel is also hosted by the student Criminal Justice Club.

According to Dr. Cynthia Koller, assistant professor of criminal justice and panel moderator, “The panel presentation will hopefully stimulate public and cross-discipline awareness and dialogue about the issues surrounding white collar crime, such as the lure employees and corporations encounter when confronted with meeting unwavering demands with dwindling resources.”

Panel members are Shippensburg faculty from various disciplines who are familiar with the types of unethical and illegal behavior found in their respective fields. Panelists are Dr. James E. Benton, associate professor of accounting and finance; Dr. Jerry Carbo, associate professor of management; Dr. Laura Patterson, assistant professor of criminal justice; Dr. Lynn F. Baynum, associate professor of reading/literacy in the teacher education department; and Dr. Patricia A. Patrick, associate professor of accounting.

According to Koller, “It is important for students, educators, and the public to become more informed as to the nature of white collar crime, and how deviant behavior can occur in any field.” She said she hopes the discussion will show students that every profession struggles with issues of ethics and the public is often misinformed about the nature and extent of white collar crime occurring in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information contact Koller at or at 477-1599.