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.