Monday, January 31, 2011

UIS campus senate discusses $200,000 settlement to student

Some members of the campus senate at the University of Illinois Springfield said Friday they were disturbed that they didn’t know about a $200,000 settlement paid to a UIS student until they read a story in The State Journal-Register.

However, a top UIS official said legal settlements happen frequently enough that it would be impractical to publicize all of them.

The official, Lynn Pardie, UIS’ interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, also said there was little additional she could tell the senate about the settlement or about a records request made by The State Journal-Register.

“My comments today are going to be, of necessity, limited,” Pardie told the senate, which includes faculty members and students.

Earlier this month, UIS disclosed it had paid the $200,000 settlement to a student who apparently alleged that she was a victim in a 2009 incident that prompted the forced resignation of two women’s softball coaches. The settlement was reached in September 2009.

The article on the campus senate meeting was published in a January 29, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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