Engineering professor arrested for battery

By Branda Mitchell, @BrandaM_DE

A professor was arrested for battery on Thursday after an altercation with a student in the Engineering Building.

Alan Weston, associate professor in the mechanical engineering and energy processes department, posted a $160 bond and was released, according to the Department of Public Safety’s daily crime log.

DPS Police Chief Benjamin Newman said the department responded to the incident after call was made at 1:09 p.m. 


“We did receive two 911 calls and one non-emergency call,” Newman said. “Officers investigated and that resulted in the arrest of a faculty member.”

Chief Newman said the incident did not occur directly in a classroom, but in a nearby area. 

Rae Goldsmith, chief marketing and communications officer for the university, could not comment on the incident because it is a personnel matter.

“We take the safety of students very seriously,” Goldsmith said in an interview Friday.

The unidentified 22-year-old student involved did not need medical treatment, according to the crime log.

Weston could not be reached for comment.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.