Two days ago University of Louisville president Jim Ramsey didn’t know anything about a potentially fraudulent Ph.D. awarded to Robert Felner crony John Deasy. But now he knows everything and is able to say that UofL broke no rules?
Haha. Wait for it.
Yesterday Ramsey wrote a letter to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that said, “we do not believe any violations have occurred.” And then in interviews UofL spokespeople say he was referring to possible violations of residency requirements for doctoral candidates. Ha.
Head spinning yet? Here comes the good part.
But writing yesterday to the commission’s president, Belle Wheelan, Ramsey noted that in 2007, U of L carved out an exception to the agency’s rule.
The exception allows graduate students to transfer more credits “under the rarest of circumstances” when, for example, a faculty member transfers to U of L and brings a graduate student with him.
In his letter, Ramsey said it would appear that the doctoral degree awarded by U of L to Deasy, who had studied under Felner at the University of Rhode Island, “may be reflective of this rare exception … permissible with the approval of the graduate dean, which was given in this case.”
Wheelan was not in her office yesterday and said by e-mail that she could not comment on Ramsey’s letter.
The letter says that the degree was awarded in 2007, when university records show it was in fact conferred in 2004; Inman said that may have been a typographical error.
So Ramsey created some “rare exception” that no one else knew about. And he makes up dates on the fly (like 2007 is really a typo, come on).
He’s totally stepping on his you-know-what here. There’s nothing else that can be said.
Now for the Robert Felner excitement.
Scott C. Cox said there was no connection between the contract and Felner’s efforts to help the doctoral student, John Deasy, win his Ph.D.
No, no connection at all between $375,000 and a doctorate in four months. It would be wrong to think such a thing about a man who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal government and the University of Louisville (he admits he’s paying it back, obviously he stole it).
Cox noted that Deasy had worked on his doctorate for five years before that at the University of Rhode Island.
“It is regrettable that Dr. Deasy has been tainted by what is essentially a false allegation against Dr. Felner, and it is even more regrettable that the U of L has been tainted in any way, because it did nothing wrong,” he said.
A spade’s a spade. False accusations? Look at the hundreds of official documents I’ve published from open records requests at the University of Louisville. Look at Felner’s own history over the past three decades that encompasses losing jobs and being forced out for this very same crap.