Disgraced Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon continues to get smacked down for his role in covering for an on-campus rape/murder at Eastern Michigan University in 2006.
In the latest legal ruling, Fallon is on the hook for more than $18,000 in legal fees the school racked up defending itself against a suit from Fallon.
Fallon was fired in July 2007 following a controversy that began with the death of EMU student Laura Dickinson. Dickinson was found dead in her dormitory room in December 2006. Campus officials did not reveal the criminal nature of her death until a suspect was arrested two months later.
Fallon’s case – as well as the whole situation surrounding the murder – shows a glaring lack of respect for transparency that the educational system holds. The system often claims it is trying to protect the kids, when the reality is that people like Fallon, a longtime academic administrator, that are really being shielded. Fallon hadn’t been in office two years before this murder took place in a dorm.
Security on Campus, Inc. and a U.S. Department of Education report found that EMU had violated the federal Clery Act, a law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and near campus.
And two weeks before the murder, three Republican appointees to the eight-member EMU board of regents resigned, claiming Eastern Michigan's administration had made poor hiring decisions and that "distrust and open animosity" exist among groups on campus.
Here is a nice timeline of the EMU debacle, which is a blueprint for what can happen when the government tries to hide things.