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Quick Takes: No Surprises at Horowitz Hearing, UConn Settles Research Dispute for $2.5 Million, U. of California Vice President Gets Job Back

January 10, 2006
  • The latest hearing by a Pennsylvania legislative committee investigating allegations of political bias at universities featured one complaining student, who admitted to never having filed a grievance with his university, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The hearings have been hailed supporters of the "Academic Bill of Rights" as a major breakthrough, but many academics view them as a witch hunt.
  • The University of Connecticut on Monday agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle federal charges of filing false grant applications and overbilling the government for research, the Associated Press reported. Federal officials told the AP that the problems were a matter of mismanagement, not criminal intent.
  • The University of California announced that its vice president for student affairs would return to work, ending an investigation into his role in providing a job for the son of the former provost. In a letter released by the university to Winston Doby, the vice president, he was told that he showed an error in judgment in the matter, but had not "technically violated" university rules. Doby was placed on leave in November, and M.R.C. Greenwood, then the provost of the university system, abruptly quit, amid the investigation into a job provided for her son.
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