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The University of Louisville is providing investigation updates on the Robert Felner situation.
Officials with the University of Louisville provided updates on steps the school has taken in the wake of former College of Education and Human Development dean Robert Felner’s federal indictment on charges of money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.
The indictments stem from the alleged misuse of grant money appropriated to U of L and the University of Rhode Island.
U of L officials said auditors have completed an internal audit of the College of Education and Human Development’s finances. The auditors are expected to present their findings to university administrators following the Thanksgiving holiday. The administrators then will respond to those findings.
A faculty senate committee Tuesday finished interviewing faculty members about their understanding of the grievance policy. The committee is expected to complete a report on its findings by Dec. 5, U of L said.
Another committee is reviewing the university’s conflict of interest policy and is expected to propose a “values statement,” U of L said.
The university also continues to investigate the university’s awarding of a Ph.D. to John Deasy, deputy director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during Felner’s tenure.
Still no word on any potential conflict of interest with the Cotton Allen firm.
And here’s WFPL’s take.
Felner is accused of misappropriating federal grant money. As a result, the university has established committees for internal and external audits of grant management and grievance policies and plans to hire an ombudsman to address grievances. But university spokesperson John Drees says the position hasn’t been filled, in part because there isn’t room on campus for another office.
“That process is still underway,” he says. “All of that is interwoven – the hiring, the location, the setup, what would be required. There are quite a few details that still need to be worked out on that.”
This is going to turn into a crazy circus, I think. A years-long circus at the University alone. And the trial– if it goes to trial– will be purely depressing entertainment.
UPDATE: Oh, just so we can make Joe Gerth yell at us about how mean we are to Nancy Rodriguez, here’s a link to her story about the very same thing.