Hogan's remarks to Senate Executive Committee

Remarks made by University of Illinois President Michael J. Hogan to the Urbana-Champaign Senate Executive Committee on Monday:

I've been asked, and have responded a couple of times, if I am sorry about the recent incident involving the anonymous emails that were sent to members of the University Senates Conference, and the answer then and now is "yes."

I sincerely regret the incident, the personal hardship it has caused to our senators and others, and the embarrassment it has brought to the university.

As president, of course, I accept full responsibility for this and for any other such incident that occurs.

It is my responsibility not only to articulate high standards, but also to act swiftly when those standards have been violated.

I did so in this case, as I have in others since I've been here, immediately commissioning an internal review, deciding quickly thereafter to supplement this with the work of two external firms, and making sure that a prompt report was brought to the board of trustees within a month of the original incident.

Although we can hope that ethical lapses will never happen at our great university, we do have three campuses and more than 100,000 faculty, staff and students on those campuses and even the most stringent oversight will not prevent abuses from time to time.

What can be done is to assure our colleagues and our public that the board, and I will continue to uphold the highest standards and will act swiftly like we did in this case when abuses occur.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on January 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

What a load of baloney.  He spouts ethics.  He has the authority to recind tenure, and fire the offender.  Any other university employee, or other state employee would be fired based on the investigation.  It does prove one thing following a long line of u. of i. (doesn't rate capital letters) scandals.  The flagship of state higher education has NO ETHICS.  Ethics do not apply to the state employed politicians, and academics. 

Yatiri wrote on January 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The person who actually did it and took the fall for Hogan really got punished swiftly and severely.

This sure sends a signal that dishonesty and fraud at the highest level will not be tolerated!

President Hogan has put the fear of God in those who would besmirch the University's reputation.

Squirrel wrote on January 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

So when when Hogan tell us what he and his chief of staff were talking about on the phone while "someone" practiced posting anonymous e-mails on her computer? Is it too much to ask?

And it seems that resigning one position for another, fallback, position is nothing at all. How about firing her completely for malfeasance along with eliminating all her bennies, including pension?