Tuesday, September 29, 2015

More Job Shuffling?

So one of the things that has gone unabated in the waning days of the failed Watson regime is the rumor mill. One of the latest rumors have the former Executive Director of TRIO (and FOA) moving to an Assistant Dean of Students position. With fewer students than ever, why the need for so many administrators in that area? Is it to keep people employed as long a possible even when the grant that serviced thousands of students suddenly disappeared? It appears to be a case of lose a grant, get another position. The new AVP of Student Affairs must be flexing some muscle here to get another overpaid administrator in her area. And all of this in the midst of a state budget catastrophe.
In another area, loyal readers wish to know if the ever popular Cheri Sidney is on her way out of Enrollment Management after a disastrous tenure there? Is the directorship of the compliance office awaiting her? Given her stellar service to Watson, it only makes sense she would move from an empty office suite on the second floor of the Cook Building to the tight spaces of compliance on the third floor, an area she knows little about, even after attending conferences in Canada and DC on the taxpayers dime. The employee who lied on her job application and was not fired, in contravention of HR policy will soon be overseeing the compliance enterprise??? You can't make this stuff up.
Stay tuned.


  1. Jim Crowley gives an ethics course in whistle blowing.

    The Facts:
    A public university general counsel was advised by a university official to provide incomplete information in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by members of the media and a faculty member, because a full response may have confirmed fraudulent behavior. Upon releasing complete FOIA responses anyway, the general counsel was immediately placed on a one-week suspension, and was subsequently terminated by the official.

    Results and Takeaway:
    The general counsel filed a whistleblower claim and was awarded $2 million in punitive damages and $480,000 in back pay by a circuit court jury. Employees who are retaliated against as a direct result of their involvement in a protected activity can be awarded damages, back pay with interest, and attorney fees.

    1. That is from p. 81 of the Ethics Training.

      In the whole online training this is the only scenario in which the punishment for the violator of the Ethics Act is not mentioned.

      Because the State of Illinois (OEIG) hasn't done a damn thing about it...

      They are too busy prosecuting employees picking aluminum cans out of the dumpsters.

  2. Maybe it is time to file a FOIA to discover why the OEIG does nothing.