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Bethel releases statement on Mueller arrest

November 5th, 2019

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In a press release dated Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, the Harvey County Attorney’s Office reported that Ted Mueller, 84, North Newton, had been arrested on suspicion of three counts of criminal conduct for an incident that occurred Aug. 1, 2018.  

The incident for which Mueller was arrested did not occur on Bethel College property and did not involve a Bethel College student or member of the Bethel College faculty or staff. Mueller has never been an employee of Bethel College.

Mueller volunteered as a data analyst for several years at the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), an affiliate organization of Bethel College.  

Mueller was named in two separate Title IX incidents at Bethel College, one in 2016 and one in 2017. Both cases were non-criminal and were resolved per applicable federal guidelines and best practices in higher education sexual misconduct resolution.

The college made timely and appropriate sanctions on Mueller to ensure the physical and emotional safety of students, faculty and staff.

Bethel College is in compliance with both Title IX and Clery Act guidelines, as determined by a recent visit from the Higher Learning Commission (Bethel’s accrediting agency).

Mueller’s alleged actions on Aug. 1, 2018, were made known to Bethel College Dec. 16, 2018. Consequently, Bethel removed Mueller from his volunteer position at KIPCOR and restricted his access to campus. Bethel has cooperated with local law enforcement agencies in the ongoing criminal investigation.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is the highest ranked Kansas private college, at #12, in Washington Monthly, Top 200 Bachelor’s Colleges; ranks at #23 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest; is Zippia.com’s highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates; has the #10 RN-to-BSN program in Kansas according to RNtoBSN.com; and earned its second-straight NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star gold award, based on student service and academic achievement, all for 2019-20. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.