Baruch College Finds Problems in a Business Program

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

An internal investigation at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College has uncovered “irregularities” in its executive master’s degree programs, and the college has taken disciplinary measures against faculty and staff members involved, Baruch officials said on Sunday.

A statement released by the college said that 15 students were “affected by alleged improprieties,” and that they would be allowed to “complete any work necessary if it is found they have not properly completed all of the requirements for their executive master’s degree.”

According to The New York Post, Chris Koutsoutis, who had held the title of administrative director of executive programs at the Zicklin School of Business, was accused by college officials of faking professors’ signatures. By doing so, Mr. Koutsoutis was able to improve the grades of students who might otherwise have been dropped from an executive education program.

Mr. Koutsoutis told The Post that he agreed to leave the school. “They did not like the way I was doing my job, and we mutually agreed I should leave,” he was quoted as saying.A spokeswoman for Baruch, Christina Latouf, declined to explain the nature of the wrongdoing or to identify the individuals responsible, but the statement indicated that the administrator responsible for the programs was placed on leave. Baruch is part of the City University of New York.

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