Quick Takes: Harassment, Ethics and Racial Preferences
Submitted by Doug Lederman on March 14, 2005 - 4:00am
A 2003 investigation by the University of Pennsylvania uncovered significant evidence of possible sexual harassment by a prominent medical researcher just six months after another investigation cleared the professor, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. Penn officials denied suggestions that the earlier investigation had ignored possible misconduct by Tracy K. McIntosh, who pleaded no contest in December to a charge of sexual assault.
The former chancellor of the University of New Orleans used more than $45,000 in state funds to help pay for the weddings of two daughters, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The newspaper reported that the Louisiana Board of Ethics and Gregory M. St. L. O'Brien, who is now president of the Argosy University Group, had negotiated a settlement to end a state inquiry into the matter, and that the settlement imposed no fines on O'Brien.
Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges have decided to open a summer program for incoming minority students to all first-year students in response to a legal threat from the Center for Equal Opportunity, reported The Phoenix, the student newspaper at Swarthmore. Officials at the colleges said the chance was needed to bring the Summer Tri-Co Institute into compliance with the "letter of the law" in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 decision involving admissions practices at the University of Michigan.