Too much transparency before bringing charges

Kylie Lacey's picture
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

No one is going to accuse the University of Connecticut of trying to conceal sexual misconduct.

A month ago the university announced that a professor had been placed on leave. Last week the university announced various investigations of him, distributed all sorts of documents containing accusations of sexual misconduct against him, and confirmed his identity.

But there are some problems here.

First is that the university and the office of Attorney General George Jepsen are seeking to hire an outside law firm to investigate whether the university handled the professor properly -- particularly whether university employees reported to superiors in a timely way anything they should have reported about the professor. While the university may be aiming for independence and confidence in the review of its conduct, hiring an outside law firm threatens to be a multimillion-dollar expense.

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