materials management http://northernpublicradio.org en NIU Confirms 'Coffee Fund;' Four Employees Put On Leave http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-confirms-coffee-fund-four-employees-put-leave <p>Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.</p><p>NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However,&nbsp;the university says it is looking into&nbsp;whether&nbsp;this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.</p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:55:00 +0000 WNIJ 17643 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU Confirms 'Coffee Fund;' Four Employees Put On Leave