Northern Illinois University employees received more than a traditional Thanksgiving greeting from their president in their inboxes this week: President John Peters also laid out a series of in-depth reviews the university is planning in response to several recent internal controversies.
In a video emailed to university employees, Peters says university officials are doing all they can to address several on-going campus controversies.
Clearly, we are committed to ensuring that our house is in order. And we are taking steps to ensure that we operate at the highest levels of integrity.
The three steps are in response to the so-called Coffee Fund scandal, where university employees are accused of selling scrap metal, as well as recent accusations of mismanagement in NIU’s police department.
Peters says thorough reviews of the university’s policies for dealing with scrap materials and fraud detection are underway. There will also be a complete review of NIU’s accounting and auditing systems. As for the police department, acting police chief Darren Mitchell and acting director of public safety Bill Nicklas are in charge of its review: they’ve been directed to come up with a plan for the police department to operate in the most efficient and effective way possible.
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