Monday, April 4, 2011

Editorial: Thoroughly investigate UIS case

Two years ago, a scandal erupted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when the Chicago Tribune reported on the use of political clout to gain admission for students who might not get in on academics alone.

The SJ-R last week filed suit against UIS to force the release of documents relating to the incident that precipitated the coaches’ departures and the university’s handling of their resignations. Two days after the lawsuit was filed, the university released parts of a letter from the attorney who negotiated the $200,000 settlement for the player. Allegations raised in that letter, we believe, must be addressed in a manner as swift, open and decisive as the one used in 2009 to expose and end the “clout list” in 2009 at U of I’s main campus.

The editorial was published in an April 3, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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