The Northern Illinois University “coffee fund” investigation has come to an end with a plea agreement this week with the last of nine original defendants.
Kenneth Pugh, 57, director of NIU’s Materials Management department, was one of three supervisors who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for their roles in the case.
Charges against six of the nine NIU employees charged with felonies were dismissed. Seven of the defendants have returned to work at NIU and one more is expected to return soon. One retired before charges were filed
The first week of the Northern Illinois University summer session has begun as students returned to campus Monday, making campus look and feel like its normal self.
The Office of Admissions has already noticed a difference in students’ activity. “The pace has picked up in the past week,” said Associate Director of Admissions Chuck Walz, “with students acquiring information about enrollment as well as applying for financial aid.”