Friday, 18 May 2012

University's 'integrity audit' to scrutinise offers to students

THE University of Queensland will undertake an annual audit of all student offers that are outside the automatic academic cut-off processes as part of a bid to win back staff and public support.
Last year, the university's two most senior executives resigned after a scandal involving the inappropriate enrolment of a student in the medical school.
University's 'integrity audit' to scrutinise offers to students

The "integrity and accountability reform program" comes ahead of a pending Crime and Misconduct Commission report that could be damning of university processes and culture.
Acting vice-chancellor Deborah Terry said: "The reviews we are undertaking are comprehensive and widespread, but we are interested in focusing on the future and ensuring an event like that never occurs again. We are very motivated and keen to learn from the past."
Vice-chancellor Paul Green-field and his deputy, Michael Keniger, resigned in December after news that a "close relative" of Professor Greenfield had been offered a place in the medical faculty even though she did not meet all the entry requirements.
An internal review found that another 10 students were accepted into the same course by what was known as a "manual entry" -- where the university admitted students who did not meet standard selection criteria.
While the university got a tick from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency earlier this week, it still awaits the CMC report, which is looking at possible criminal charges.
In January, acting chairman of the CMC Warren Strange said the "seriousness of the allegations" obliged a full and in-depth investigation on three fronts, including how the university managed official misconduct matters and whether a criminal offence had been committed with the making of the "forced offer".
Professor Terry said the university was "co-operating fully" with the CMC. The university's report would be compiled by the end of the year. Any recommendations in the CMC review that had been overlooked by the university would be included.
"My view is that the university has a strong culture of integrity but through this process we will seek to strengthen it in all parts of the university," she said.
Peter Hoj, currently vice-chancellor of the University of South Australia and former head of the Australian Research Council, will move to the top post at the university in November.

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