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UCLA Orthodontics Professors Allegedly Defrauded Students

August 31, 2022

A whistle-blower reported that orthodontics professors at the University of California, Los Angeles, were charging certain international students extra fees. And while an investigation found those claims had merit, and all three implicated professors subsequently resigned, the former faculty members are fighting to keep the investigation sealed, citing their privacy rights, the Los Angeles Times reported. The legal case—which refers to the professors as John Does 1, 2 and 3—is ongoing, and UCLA has not released the investigative report.

The alleged scheme reportedly involved an unknown number of Middle Eastern orthodontics residents, with the professors assuming that the students’ foreign government sponsors would cover the unauthorized fees. UCLA told the Times that upholding university “values of transparency, integrity and accountability, we engaged an external firm in 2018 to examine past use of the clinical training program at the Section of Orthodontics and have taken several steps to ensure improved adherence to School of Dentistry and university policies.” It declined further comment.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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