My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Wisconsin
I have been falsely accused of sharing pornographic files with students. To preface, I teach a class that requires in-class activities on computers. A lot of times students will forget to download the material (i.e. software templates) from the course website so I have them download files off my personal flash drive so everyone can do the activities in class.
My boss called me to her office one day and had me bring my laptop and flash drive and sat down with me to go through the files. She went straight to one folder that included files on my personal finances and pointed to file and asked if I knew what it was. I honestly did not, and she proceeded to open an inappropriate video. I was shocked and had never seen the file. She then went on to say that a student had come in to her office to say the student found this on the flash drive I gave him. I have been given the choice to resign or be terminated.
The file is only on the flash drive and the school computer that this student was sitting at. This student is failing. They easily got the opportunity to put the file on my drive without me noticing while I turned my back. I have excellent reviews with the school. Although I was careless with letting students have access to my flashdrive and not monitoring what they do with it every second, the student admitting to looking through the contents to search for homework (and instead found this file). Does the fact that he admitted going through my personal flash drive make a difference? Do I have a chance in keeping my job? Will I be eligible for rehire in the future or at a different school? Is it worth suing the student?