Professional Integrity!

Dressed for success!

In all likelihood, I am in the same situation of the overwhelming majority of us: I have to work in order to live. Unfortunately, my job as a university professor is unable to allow me to fulfill my obligations in my true role as a bare practitioner. Hence, the “header image” (photograph) above!

Luckily, there exists no officially mandated “standard of attire” (dress code) for the academic faculty. We are all encouraged to maintain “professional integrity” as representatives of the university. Our physical appearance and personal behavior are expected at all times to comply with the university’s established guidelines and mission statements – as determined by the U.S. Congress. This institution has a congressional charter to function.

As an alumnus of this same university, many of my colleagues are aware that as an undergraduate, I worked on an “as needed” basis as a nude model for art and photography classes with the School of Art. At the time, my supervisor (as an undergraduate model) was also a member of the adjunct faculty with the school.

As a member of the faculty at my university, I am cognizant of my role as an educator and a university representative. Under no circumstances do I allow my professional duties and responsibilities to conflict with my personal preference towards clothes freedom and same gender love. My colleagues and students are aware of my spouse, Aaron, and of our exogamy.

Homeward bound after work!

As a matter of fact, there is a naked profile photograph of me hanging in the reception office in the School of Art. The name plate attached to the frame gives my name as the posing model. I was among the first undergraduate models to pose when the photography curriculum was added to the School of Art in the 1980’s.

When the picture was first hung in the School of Art, I signed a paper granting the university permission to display the image. Later, when I joined the faculty, I also affixed my signature to another document granting the university the determination to utilize the photo in whatever manner they wished.

Unfortunately, my employment institution isn’t quite as committed to integrity as I am. It was recently brought to my attention that this past Spring semester, during the coronavirus crisis, the university administrative office conducted an investigation into my photograph and my extra-curricula clothes freedom lifestyle.

Rumors had been that the academic administration was investigating the use of nude art in general and picture images in particular. At no time did anyone approach me as to the concerns of the administration or my knowledge of the origins of the aforementioned photo. I only was officially informed that my name and reputation had been “cleared” of any suspicious connection when I received a letter from the School of Art addressed to the results of the investigation the first week of this month.

My photographer suggesting a pose!

At no time during the period of the actual investigation did anyone from the administration advise me of the ongoing situation or request any specific information from me. The dean of my own school here at the university had no knowledge that an assessment was even underway. Evidently, the former presidential administration in this country set the guidelines for the holding of secretive and unprecedented exploration of internal affairs for educational institutions as well as public government.

To date, I have received no official response to my written request for the results of the inquiry into my past. So much for the concept of “transparency!” If I maintain a semblance of decency and integrity about my professional obligations, I expect nothing less from my esteemed colleagues of my university and especially of the faculty administration!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, November 8, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Armistice/Remembrance!”

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A same gender loving (gay) bare practitioner (nudist) who invites you to explore my blog. At times I may appear irreverent but I am in no way irrelevant!

17 thoughts on “Professional Integrity!”

  1. your university is so strange. investigate you and not offer you an opportunity to answer or to defend yourself and clears you without telling you the offense. That reminds me of Kafka’s the trial. Because at the end, I don’t think the guy knew why he had been arrested and tried.

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  2. Wow. Admittedly, I started reading this and found myself waiting to see a pic of your student body modeling days – I really enjoy pics of people’s younger selves. However, the longer I read, the more incredulous I found myself feeling. How?!? What a frustrating experience this must have been for you. I’m glad this didn’t erode your faith in or sour your professional relationship with the school. I can still feel your level of integrity to your students’ education, despite the university resigning themselves from any sense of professional integrity toward its own codes of conduct.

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    1. You are so right and thank you for confirming the fact that I was able to share this information in a sensible manner. I was very frustrated over several drafts of this posting. Have a terrific weekend! 😉 Naked hugs!


  3. okay let me get this right. You are worried that your university may find some reason to fire because you posed nude for their art school at least 10 to 15 years ago? What the hell?! This sounds like cancel culture run amok! Did you happen to slip up and admit you voted for Trump or something. This is insane. These people are on a witch hunt for scalps that don’t exist, so they will manufacture a few.

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    1. What instigated the recent Inquisition? A new vice-chancellor for academic administration. Totally clueless as to what his position entails! I’m just pissed that no one even informed me the investigation was underway. Like I didn’t exist! Thanks for your comment! 🙂 Naked hugs!


  4. That’s quite bizarre. What’s interesting to me is that you were participating in an officially sanctioned academic activity that likely had multiple layers of administrative approval. Aside from that, the picture in question hung in public for how many years before it suddenly became a problem?

    This country is becoming weirder by the day….

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