UI Bands director repays $86,000, resigns, disputes police allegations

URBANA — The former director of University of Illinois Bands has resigned following a police investigation that concluded he sold thousands of dollars worth of university musical instruments and put the money in his bank account, officials said Thursday.

UI police said that Robert Rumbelow, a tenured music professor hired in 2010, sold more than $50,000 worth of old instruments to other schools and collectors between 2011 and 2013, including four clarinets valued at more than $5,000 apiece.

A UI audit also found questionable expenses totaling $3,364 on Rumbelow's "P-card," or purchasing card, a university-issued credit card, police said.

Rumbelow disputes the allegations, saying he never spent any of the money and sold the instruments to raise money for a feasibility study for a new band building to replace the program's aging facilities. He repaid the university more than $86,000 on Thursday when he resigned, according to his attorney, Dan Jackson.

Jackson said Rumbelow may have made some "bad judgments" but had no criminal intent.

"He raised money in a way that violated university policy, but the money that he gave to the university today was always supposed to go to the university," Jackson said Thursday. "He did not take any of that money, he did not spend any of that money. It was all there. It is now back to the university where he intended it to be all along."

Rumbelow hasn't been arrested. Detective James Carter said UI police have been investigating Rumbelow for what would amount to a felony theft charge, but the Champaign County state's attorney will decide whether to file charges.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said her office just received the extensive reports on Tuesday and Wednesday. Police gave Rumbelow a notice to appear in court on Sept. 24.

"We will review them and make a charging decision before then," Rietz said.

UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler confirmed that Rumbelow had resigned Thursday but declined further comment, saying it was a personnel matter.

UI police received a tip about Rumbelow's activities on June 17 and learned that UI auditors were looking into the case after receiving a tip through the University Ethics Office in Springfield, said Sgt. Tom Geis.

"It was alleged he sold instruments that belonged to the band department and pocketed several thousand dollars from the unauthorized sale of university assets," Geis said.

Detective Carter met with UI auditors, who had already found a $22,000 check written to Rumbelow for the sale of four Selmer Paris contra alto clarinets, at $5,500 each, to the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District in Tennessee, Geis said. The Nashville district had confirmed the sale and serial numbers matched the clarinets from the UI, he said.

Auditors then found discrepancies in inventory lists Rumbelow had put together for a program with a local music store to trade old instruments and get credit toward newer instruments, Geis said. The band department's policy was that the instruments, which are state property, could only be traded, not sold, Carter said.

A total of 76 instruments appeared to be missing, including some that Rumbelow had reported as having "zero value," and among them were the four clarinets sold to the Nashville district, Geis said.

Jackson said the instruments were valued that way because they had no value to the band department.

Rumbelow admitted in a July 25 interview with Carter and UI auditors that he had sold most of the instruments on eBay and to a private collector interested in vintage instruments, Carter said. The four clarinets were made in 1953, and most of the others were more than 40 years old, Carter said.

"They're rare instruments and people really wanted to get their hands on those," he said.

Rumbelow told investigators that he was going to return the money by donating it to the band program for a feasibility study for a new band building, Carter said.

Carter said the bank statements seized from Rumbelow's home showed he had deposited the money into his personal banking accounts, split between a checking account and a money market account — one of them the same account his university paycheck went to.

"There was no separate account created for these funds he was claiming were going to be donated back into the band program," Carter said. "He basically commingled the funds, and there was no way to keep everything separate."

Jackson, however, said Rumbelow had no intention of keeping the money.

When he was hired, Rumbelow was directed to upgrade the programs' instruments, most of which were "obsolete and unusable," and raise money toward a new band building, Jackson said. The Harding Band Building hadn't been updated in "a long, long time" and is too small for the program's needs, he said.

"His analysis was that this was not a good reflection of a world-class university band and would make it hard to recruit top students, because they didn't have top equipment and top facilities," Jackson said.

He began using the trade-in program to upgrade the instruments, and then decided to try to sell instruments to raise money toward a new building, a project that had been on the table for quite some time, Jackson said. The first step was a feasibility study that would cost more than $100,000, he said.

Rumbelow began to line up corporate sponsors and solicit donations, and also started selling instruments privately on eBay and through other contacts, including to a Seattle collector, Jackson said.

"That was a mistake," Jackson said.

Rumbelow raised $55,578.46 by selling "obsolete" instruments, he said.

Jackson said Rumbelow didn't think it was unusual to put the money into his own bank account, as the university had used that procedure in the past, depositing money into his account to reimburse students for expenses during band trips.

Rumbelow never spent any of the money, Jackson said.

"His objective was to finish selling off the last few obsolete instruments and take that money and donate it in a lump sum back into the program as seed money for this feasibility study for a new building," he said.

Asked why Rumbelow hadn't done that yet, Jackson said because the donation was to be anonymous. Rumbelow wanted to do it all at once after all the instruments were sold.

"He realized it was a little bit awkward," he said.

He acknowledged Rumbelow made some "bad assumptions," but added, "he didn't keep anything secret. He had records of it all. The university has those records."

Jackson said Rumbelow wrote a check for more than $86,000 on Thursday and planned to pay another $1,600 today requested by the university.

"He asked them to put it into the band program, because that's where he intended it to go. They told him he doesn't get to make that choice," Jackson said.

Jackson said UI officials told him they would report to the state's attorney that Rumbelow had returned all the money and resigned, and that "they were satisfied with that."

"The state's attorney's job is to determine if there was anything criminal going on. Criminal requires criminal intent," Jackson said, and Rumbelow never intended to keep the money. "In our view, there hasn't been anything more than bad judgments and violations of university policy, for which he is very regretful. I think it was done with the best of intentions."

"He was a fully tenured professor at the University of Illinois making a pretty nice salary. I don't know what his incentive would be to mess around with a few thousand dollars and jeopardize his career."

Rumbelow earned $140,175 in 2012-13, according to the University of Illinois "gray book," an annual compilation of salaries approved by UI trustees.

Rumbelow was removed as director of bands and placed on leave in early July. Linda Moorhouse, UI professor of music since fall 2010, is now acting director of bands.

Professor Jeff Magee, interim head of the School of Music, referred questions to Kaler, the campus spokeswoman.

Rumbelow had been director of bands and professor of music since January 2010, and also conducted the Illinois Wind Symphony and worked with graduate student conductors. As director of bands he supervised all university bands, including the Marching Illini, led by Barry Houser.

The UI's audit report also concluded that Rumbelow used his P-card for several personal expenses, Carter said. They included brochures and flyers promoting an event he was involved in; the conversion of videotapes with family footage into DVDs; and painting and construction supplies.

The latter included a Shop-Vac, Kilz paint, putty, lumber and nails, Carter said. Rumbelow told investigators that he bought the supplies for the band program, but no one else was aware of that, Carter said. Typically, building repairs are handled by construction trades and others in UI Facilities and Services, he said.

"They would never have had to go to Lowe's and buy this stuff," he said.

Rumbelow's home was also being remodeled at the time, but police found no evidence that he was spending university money on the project, Carter said.

Rumbelow also purchased five speakers for $2,375 for a mobile sound system in the band building, but "nobody had ever seen it," Carter said. "I asked him what happened to it, and he said that it had fallen and it broke. ... Then he said he just threw it away."

Jackson said Rumbelow decided not to challenge each P-card allegation because it would have dragged out the process.

"He's obviously leaving the university. He's got to worry about what happens to his life in the future," Jackson said.

News-Gazette staff writer Mary Schenk contributed to this report.

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GeneralLeePeeved wrote on August 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

We're about to see the University's double-standard in action.  If this was a clerk or someone else low on the totem pole, you can bet your last buck that charges would be filed.  This whole thing stinks on ice!  ...and all we get is a bunch of BS from his lawyer.

Illiniband81 wrote on August 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

Since the University opted to remove the Chief, then we should assume there is no totem pole either.

UIUCHoopFan wrote on August 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

OK....that made sense and it made me giggle.

Bulldogmojo wrote on August 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

The bowtie wearing thief makes it that much harder not only for music students who aren't usually rolling in dough for materials but also damages the reputation of the school of music in the eyes of future financial contributors to the school of music and the University as a whole. More scandal sheet damage and people wonder why Springfield is in no hurry to square our accounts. 

brassdoll wrote on August 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

So, let me get this straight: he took instruments that may or may not have been usable from the band program, sold them, and is now paying back the money he pocketed from their sale... and the University won't definitively say that the money's going back to U of I Bands? The people he essentially stole from in the first place?

Hey U of I - we know you want to punish the guy, but don't punish the band students for his error! We've had a world-class band program for decades; don't let one rotten apple cause you to spoil that just out of spite.

MI Grad wrote on August 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

There is a lot more context behind this that you are all missing.  First, the University has so neglected the Harding Band Building that I know for a fact Rumbelow had PERSONALLY done painting and repairs on the building.  Second, these instruments had no value on the University's books, but clearly had a market value.  Do you think the University would have taken the time and effort to get their full market value?  I think not.  They would have either disposed of them outright, or auctioned them off for far less than the true value.

I don't dispute that University rules were likely broken here.  But, was it a criminal act?  Was there malicious intent?  Did he plan to use this money for personal gain?  I say NOT A CHANCE!!!

Bulldogmojo wrote on August 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

He took public University property, sold it in the private market and put the money in his bank account. If he truly saw his larceny in another context then he shouldn't be teaching.

We seem to have too many people like this at the University who think because they are employed by the University they own the materials in it and the control of access to it and can take whatever extraordinary actions with it they see fit.

We have people who are paid to do painting and repairs to this University they work for facilities and Services so if he took it upon himself to do those things it just further demonstrates his disregard for those procedures as well.

jlc wrote on August 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

"We have people who are paid to do painting and repairs to this University"

There's either not enough of them or they're not working fast enough, considering the condition of many of the buildings on campus. Doing what he did with the money was wrong, but I don't blame him at all for taking the initiative to improve the appearance of his workplace instead of waiting for years for it to be done.

Bulldogmojo wrote on August 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm

If you have actually been waiting "Years" as you say to have your building/department renovated then your nebulous academic senate should get together and lean on the deans of your college (publicly if necessary) to develop donor/budget dollars to get it done, not commit grand larceny and start your own shadow banking apparatus. No one is going to do it for free. Do you really think this story is going to improve public relations with Alumni/corporate donors?! White, Herman, Hogan, Troyer and now this clown have done more damage than you realize. 

Stop giving me the "It's not criminal, it's political" Blago angle on justifying financial impropriety. Once you are in the crosshairs of an ethics investigation you have already blown it because at the end of the day all people will remember is that someone was up to something sleazy at the U of I and that distant thunder you will hear is the sound of donor checkbooks snapping shut.

I hope they prosecute this guy in every jurisdiction he sold stolen property.

 

vcponsardin wrote on August 24, 2013 at 4:08 am
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Two examples:  A few years ago a squabble developed between two departments over a room that students from one program had messed up.  The department that "owned" the room demanded that the department the students were from pay to clean the room.  The other department claimed it wasn't their fault and demanded that the students be charged.  Meetings were held over the course of several weeks and nothing was decided.  Meanwhile, no one was cleaning the room.  So I did, on my own.  Came in on a weekend, with my own supplies and cleaned up the mess myself.  By Monday the problem was solved and both departments backed down from their heated discussions, realizing how stupid and shortsighted they'd been.  So sometimes things do get done for "free" and by professors tired of the nonsensical squabbling between departments that this institution fosters.  Second case:  I was moved into a "new" office--a sixty year-old room that hadn't been painted in decades.  It made a poor impression on students and guests coming to my office and my department.  I asked my cash-strapped department to pay for a new paint job.  And they balked at the cost the university paint department wanted to charge--hundreds of dollars and it would take months to get around to.  Again, I solved the problem overnight.  Came in, on my own, over the weekend, with a can of paint from home.  Did the whole office in under an hour.  For free.  No cost to the university.  Done.  Sometimes things just have to be done and without all the hassle and inflated costs that the university charges its own departments for basic services.  I'm not in anyway excusing what my colleague in Music did, by the way.  Placing university funds into his own personal account makes no sense and is both illegal and unethical.  He should have resigned, or been fired.  But sometimes professors just get tired of the unnecessary bureaucracy and the pointless costs that the university creates.  And often it's just easier to get it done on your own.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 24, 2013 at 8:08 am
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It's a good thing you're anonymous Mrs Cliquot. As far as university bureaucracy is concerned, you've just confessed to vandalism, and criminal damage to property.

Kremlin Watcher wrote on August 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

I know nothing about this case except what appears in this article. However, the University of Illinois has got the most cumbersome, confusing, and time-consuming procedures for the authorization, reporting and reimbursement of expenses that I have ever encountered in 30 years of professional life. Whatever else we may learn about this case  -  and it certainly looks bad for Mr. Rumbelow  -  I can understand anyone who awknowleges having University money in a personal bank account and who claims he always intended to return it. I don't condone it, but I understand it.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm
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I know a guy who abandoned a directorship (salary, benefits, continuity, job security)  simply because the purchase order bureacracy frustrated him beyond his tolerance.

 

This is a guy who's capable of choosing his gigs, whether it's public institutions or the private sector.

 

In that case, and the Rumbelow case, and its ongoing campaign to hire & retain the best people; the University of Illinois shoots itself in the foot.

Speters999 wrote on August 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

One of the key statements made by this person and his attorney was that he was going to donate it back to the university. You cannot donate money to someone if the money all ready belongs to them. This shows that Rumbelow felt the money was his. 

AnotherUniversityBandGuy wrote on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Not to mention, the intent was to donate the funds anonymously. This creates mixed signals when Rumbelow's lawyer attempts to claim that there was transparency here and that nothing was being hidden. I work at a different large research 1 institution, also in the Big Ten, and it sounds as if our financial policies are quite similar. I don't care how convoluted a process it may be, you can't skirt regulation. I doubt that charges will be filed because everything has been returned. The resignation, as an option to termination with cause (and trust me, this is cause), will allow Dr. Rumbelow to seek employment elsewhere. IMHO, the university, at this point is being too kind. You can't fix stupid, on either side.

Dan Cello wrote on August 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Okay, this was a major breach of University Rules, and it is clear that he is guilty of stupidity and hubris.  However, it has become increasingly difficult for Professors with duties like this to bring in monies which we need and use them in a useful way.   Sometimes we raise money, and then it's almost impossible to get at because fiscal policies have become extreme. It's as if the business offices think if they make it difficult enough, you won't bother them.  4 pages of paperwork, and 6 months later you can get a purchase order for something you need next week.

The easiest way is to have the money given to a student organization, which can just open a checking account. 

Illiniwek66 wrote on August 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

NG Staff-at least get Barry HOUSER's name spelled correctly.  Here's a link to the bands faculty page for your reference.  http://bands.illinois.edu/faculty-and-staff

Mike Howie wrote on August 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm
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Thank you for pointing that out, although I'm sorry you had to. It has been fixed.

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AnotherUniversityBandGuy wrote on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

As long as you're responding to suggested edits, shouldn't the photo caption read FORMER U of I Director of Bands?

Mike Howie wrote on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm
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Thanks for the suggestion. Caption has been reworded.

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ERE wrote on August 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm
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$140K/year?? You've got to be kidding me. No logic in that. The U of I has to get a grip on these unreasonable salaries, otherwise we're no better than Chicago. 

Speters999 wrote on August 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

$140K is insane. But they will argue you need this pay scale to get the most talented people. Maybe honest should be a part of the criteria too.

AnotherUniversityBandGuy wrote on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Believe it or not, that is not an unusual salary for the director of a large university band program at the full professor level. I would be willing to bet that it ranks in the middle of B1G salaries for comparable positions, probably 6th or 7th highest. (Guessing Michigan, OSU, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, are higher, possibly Iowa. If you wanted to dig it up, you probably could, it's all likely to be public record.)

Trombone 88 wrote on August 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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Sousaphone for sale.  Used and banged up, but still plays. Has caption written on bell "I'm not good, I'm loud"

$5000 or best offer. 

www.savethechief.com

#ilovegarysmith

stopthemadness wrote on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Absolutely incredible!  This story makes me ill.  I have no idea what is going on with my alma mater but seriously we need to clean house.  The right way to raise money is to reach out to your alumni and get them energized about your programs and the future of this fine institution.  You have thousands and thousands of folks who either were in the band or have HUGE respect for it and I guarantee if you actually reached out to them in a proper fashion you could raise many times over what the sale of these instruments would have ever brought in.  What a shame to hire such an idiot and then tarnish the reputation of a fabulous program with such a rich history.  Bring back Gary!

Toranut97 wrote on August 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

WDWS is now reporting that plane tickets provided for business purposes were inappropriately used for Rumbelow family vacations.Someone  ought to check the Sousa Collection to be sure nothing was sold on eBay!

The Comments here have become an opportunity for our frsutrated University of Illinois professors/staff to project their own personal frustrations onto Rumbelow and make a martyr of him. What a great guy, he sold university proporty, but it was to fund a feasibility study! How creative! And he bought the materials to rehab some rooms -- at the same time that, coincidentally, the Rumbelow home got a facelift. Sure, that was "transparent"! He violated the clear ethical and procedural rules of his office. His behavior was criminal. He besmirched an office that is in charge of a great and proud tradition of the University of Illinois, its bands. But then Rumbelow does not come from this proud and honorable tradition. No, I guess we couldn't find anyone to hire who has the necessary background to lead the great tradition into a new era...

(What? You say Dr. Griffin wrote his dissertation on the history of Illinois bands? Oh, I am sure there was a perfectly good reason why he couldn't be hired as Director of Bands, right? Elmhurst College benefits from our school's foolishness.)

I hope that SA Reitz throws the book at him (doubt she will, have to save the University further embarassment -- although, as one person pointed out, if this had been support staff they would have done the perp walk by now.) 

Can't wait until something similar comes out about the DIA, to see how that gets handled. Mike Hogan, the gift that keeps on giving.......

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 24, 2013 at 8:08 am
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Donna, it says right here in this storythat his home renovations were not involved. Why are you making that up? Who's besmirching whom?

pblillini wrote on August 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

And of course, she was on scout this afternoon yelling "slander" for someone saying "stuff" about Bruce Weber.  The hypocrisy is off the charts here.  Bravo.

Mhutch wrote on August 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

Anyone that has been to a Illini football game needs to think about giving this guy the benefit of the doubt!  I can remember the band being flagged for a penalty because this guy was leading the noise to throw off the opponents drive for a touchdown.  The greatest student band influence to a NCAA football game ever.  They kept playing louder and motivated the entire stadium.  It was awesome!

As for the University, their financial system moves like molasses and is cumbersome.  I will admit I don't know all the facts here, but I find the story and the ease of repayment of funds very believable!

stopthemadness wrote on August 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

Benefit of the doubt?  Seriously?  His actions were completely unethical and should never have been tolerated.  Regardless of whether the system is slow or not, that is no excuse for this type of behavior.  And, let me say, if we have to use the noise of the band to influence a game rather than strategy and actual talent of the players, this University is in worse shape than I thought.  I truly fear for the future of my alma mater.


 

Trombone 88 wrote on August 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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Now who's living a fantasy life?  There is more strategy and talent in the Marching Illini than any athletic program!

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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I understand that millenials have a tendency to label something I experienced as the greatest X ever; but obviously the 1982 Cal-Stanford game wins the "greatest student band influence to a NCAA football game ever" category.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfebpLfAt8g

C-U Townie wrote on August 25, 2013 at 2:08 am

Ah yes. Sneak plays. Maybe this sneak play should be called the Rumbelowooski. The trick of giving to the university without actually handing money over... and yet the money somehow finds its way into a personal bank account. The U of I has had lots of nefarious trick plays recently. It's a wonder we don't have an Al Capone honors program instead of James Scholar programming in each college. 

BoBob wrote on August 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

FYI, Dr. Rumbelow DID bring in corporate and alumni donations to the Band program for the purchase of new instruments. The events described in this story smack of hubris, ego, and stupidity, but probably not criminality. However, his lawyer's comment about his intending to give the money back as an "anonymous donation" does suggest fraud for a tax deduction. Furthermore, I would not be surprised if the entire operation wasn't suggested, sanctioned, and encouraged by the previous Director of the School of Music -- "When he was hired, Rumbelow was directed to upgrade the programs' instruments, most of which were "obsolete and unusable," and raise money toward a new band building," Where was the rest of the Band staff during all of this? Did they make the "tip" to UI Ethics & Police or was it a student?

Bruce Johnson wrote on August 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

University of Michigan paid its director of bands $149,000+ last year for a 9-month period. So this salary is not out of line at all.

 

Bulldogmojo wrote on August 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

In the light of yet another case like this, I think Lou Van den Dries is owed an apology for being made an example of and a refund of his fine for his protest of refusing to take the ethics training.

Gregory Michael wrote on August 25, 2013 at 12:08 am

I'm laughing too hard from this. Feels like old times (one of the hats I wore at UIC was in property control & equipment inventory for a small chunk of campus). And I fully believe there was no criminal intent whatsoever here. The higher up a faculty member's position, the greater their naivete regarding University equipment policies. Making it worse is that the rules and red-tape for disposals, sales or transfers is so complicated that those academics who have heard of the rules feel above them -- they can't waste their time on all that. Especially if they came from a private University first, where the rules can be much simpler. Of course this case doesn't even come close to the height of stupidity committed by former UIC Chancellor Langenberg, who sold the U of I Hospital to Michael Reese... because he thought he could!!!

jwillis35 wrote on August 25, 2013 at 8:08 am

Although I have little information on this case other than what I have read, as a band director myself it is clear there were aggregious mistakes made in this case. 

  1. Regardless of repairs needed, new facilities, etc., at NO TIME should any teacher or professor sell school property without authorization.  This was clearly the first mistake. All he had to do was to get proper authorization to sell instruments that the school felt were of no value (more on that later).  Had he done this then the University is at least partially accountable.
  2. When selling school property, the money gained from such transactions should be paid to the University (business office) in which an account is setup for the band (in this case).  Part of what shocked me about this story was the fact that other schools had willingly cut the band director a check for this merchandise.  Amazing.  I would never buy anything from another school and then cut a check to the band director's personal account. 
  3. Any money made from the sale of school property is SCHOOL money.  If it was not worked out before hand on how that money would be used, then it is up to the institution to determine its use.  At this point the U of I can use that money anyway they wish...although I hope they re-invest in the bands.
  4. I wonder if the instruments sold were really of "no value," or if that was a coverup or one person's personal opinion.  If you're selling Buffet Clarinets for $5,000 a pop (I assume they were Buffet brand) then clearly they are of some value.  How does the University not know this, and how is it that the band program does not have accurate records on their instruments and their current value (even if it's estimated)?  Either someone was lying or their data-management system for instrument inventory is messed up.
  5. On so many levels here he deserves to be prosecuted.  Now, having paid back the money, it's likely that any charges will be somewhat minor.  Finding another job in this profession will not be easy...especially one that pays this well ($140,000+). 

 

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

He should be treated as any other state employee.  He should have been fired with loss of his pension.  What applies to the lowest paid employee should apply to all employees.  One set of rules for all employees.

Marti Wilkinson wrote on August 26, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Other posters have displayed an understanding of the way university funding has been set up. It's a process that can be cumbersome and time consuming. The end result is that some 'immediate' needs are not being taken care of. 

By that same token, Rumbelow appears to have deposited money in private accounts from the profits he made by selling instruments. Even private industry tends to frown on employee theft, and what he apparently did was steal. It really doesn't take a PhD to figure out that the "Robin Hood" approach to making departmental changes is something that will only lead to grief. 

 

Orbiter wrote on August 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

I thought the UI Professor(s) taking issue with the State ethics training were from the mathematics department. I guess not only there!  But in any event, apparently the mandatory ethics training has been ineffective.

Also, if this Professor admits to having personally painted University facilities, he has diverted a union job, which is surely in conflict with policy. His department should be billed for the labor & materials, at union rates.  Did he use lead-free, flame-retardant paint, and other materials that were in compliance with code?  Is there now a haz-mat abatement problem?  Did he by chance fill & spackle cracks in the walls, thus concealing structural weaknesses (safety hazards)?  There are reasons University work should be done by professionals, not volunteers.

thorx wrote on August 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Since this is a priveliged white person, he will get a slap on the wrist.  If this were a black or hispanic, stealing a steak from the store to put food on the table for their family, they would go to jail.  Discuss.