College Crimes & Cover-Ups: Like the Catholic Church, there’s No Oversight or Accountability

July 11, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. The story of how Eastern Michigan University’s female President was recently “reprimanded” by her Regents for getting tipsy in Washington, D.C. and loudly shouting at a fellow diner has just made the news. She explained that she was stressed by the recent hiring of former EMU President John A. Fallon who was fired five years ago for covering-up the rape and murder of an EMU student for two months and the “negative” press that it “re-ignited” about EMU.

My point: If University heads believe – and know – that they can get away with (he almost did) cover-ups about the ultimate crime of murder, for gosh sakes, of course they’re going to cover-up “incidents” that fall below murder: sexual abuse or massive financial abuse.

I learned this about the Ivory Tower: there is zero accountability or meaningful oversight. None. Nada. Nothing. NU’s culture is probably closer to Penn State’s than any other public university in the country.

Not saying NU’s “cover-ups” are sexual/physical; no, in NU”s case, it’s academic and financial. When NU’s academic & financial “misdeeds” are challenged, NU systematically circles-the-wagons and works to crush – and marginalize – the challenger. Rather than address their own wrong-doings, NU does what Penn State, Eastern Michigan University and the rest do: Protect the University from “Bad Press.” How’s that working out for ya, Penn State?

The University Times; however, They are a’ Changing. Slowly but surely – with the help of bloggers & new media outlets – citizens are forcing federal/Morrill Land Grant Act Universities to understand that “The Law” must be followed on campus, too, and that when “misdeeds” occur, they must be investigated and rectified, not covered-up. Perhaps Penn State will permanently alter the Campus Cover-Up Modus Operandi.

Here’s a reprint of a good article on what happened at EMU:

Originally Published: March 28, 2012 11:23 AM  Modified: March 28, 2012 1:26 PM

Ball State hires fired Eastern Michigan President John Fallon as a vice president

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University has hired the former president of Eastern Michigan University who was fired nearly five years ago after school officials were accused of covering up the rape and murder of a student.

John Fallon started this month as Ball State’s associate vice president for economic development and community engagement, and the university trustees formally approved his appointment last week, The Star Press reported today.

Fallon most recently had been CEO of NPower Indiana, an Indianapolis-based group that provides technology assistance to nonprofits, and principal of a consulting firm.

Ball State spokeswoman Joan Todd said Fallon’s recent experience would help the 18,000-student university improve its business and community involvement.

“We are aware of John’s employment history, including his time at Eastern Michigan,” Todd said. “He was forthcoming about that challenging period and the lessons learned from it.”

The EMU board of regents fired Fallon and two other administrators in 2007 for publicly ruling out foul play in the December 2006 death of 22-year-old Laura Dickinson of Hastings in her dorm room despite evidence to the contrary.

It was not until another Eastern Michigan student was arrested two months later and charged with murder that her family and fellow students learned she had been raped and killed.

Orange Taylor III of Southfield was convicted in 2008 of murder for Dickinson’s death and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Eastern Michigan paid Dickinson’s family $2.5 million in a settlement but did not admit wrongdoing. A judge dismissed a lawsuit that Fallon filed against the university in which he claimed he was fired because he was about to expose wrongdoing at the Ypsilanti school.

Fallon held administrative positions at Ball State during the 1970s and 1980s.

Terry King, Ball State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, said in a statement that the university was fortunate to hire Fallon.

“His in-depth experience and understanding of the structure and operations of both academic institutions and communities make him a perfect fit for this job and for Ball State,” King said.

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