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Professor Retaliation

Eugene, OR: (Nov-27-07) Professor Jean Stockard brought a lawsuit against the University of Oregon in 2006, alleging that she was forced out of her job for calling attention to financial irregularities in a graduate program. She claimed that administrators and faculty retaliated against her after she reported the problems, forcing her to resign as head of the department of planning, public policy and management. Stockard stated that visiting scholars from South Korea complained they were charged for services that should have been covered by their tuition. The students had paid up to $20,000 each to take part in a program known as the Institute for Policy Research and Innovation. The scholars also said they did not receive the training they paid for. The professor then reported the mismanagement to the university administrators and then to the secretary of state's fraud and abuse division.

Sources stated that following her complaint, the Oregon University System subsequently examined the program and found a number of accounting errors. The university corrected the problems, and the institute continues to operate. As part of a settlement reached, records show that the university paid Stockard a total of $500,000. The university did not admit to any wrongdoing or accept any liability in agreeing to settle. [OREGON LIVE: PROFESSOR RETALIATION]

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Published on Nov-28-07


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