Is Concern for Due Process the Reason for Footdragging on the Jacko/Sainfort Situation?
Here is a fine example, from the comments section of the Strib web site, of what passes for administrative logic at the U:
"So much for due process
Have they been charged, tried or convicted of anything either here or in Minnesota? No? Well that does it, then. They must be guilty. Whatever happened to getting your day in court?
posted by finne001 on Aug. 30, 08 at 5:30 AM
3 of 17 people liked this comment. Do you?"
Those so inclined can use the U of M people search and, use the "Search by" pulldown to choose Internet ID, then type in finne001 in the search field. Voila!
finne001, I think giving Sainfort and Jacko their day in court is exactly what needs to be done and as soon as possible.
Why don't you get right on this? Maybe a little better job of vetting in the first place would have saved us a lot of trouble? Whose responsibility was that?
Duke was apparently a little more cautious in vetting Sainfort for a deanship.
Do you think that we have enough evidence to proceed on our own based on the Regent's policy on double dipping?
Do you think that since last April, our ace university counsel, Mark Rotenberg, may have gotten sorted out whether, at any time, these folks were getting two paychecks for the same pay period?
Somehow this doesn't seem to be a very difficult thing to establish. There are income tax records. Under appropriate circumstances they may be obtained either voluntarily or otherwise. See Mark Rotenberg for further information - that's his job.
Or perhaps we should try something really novel and ask them? Someone apparently did this last February at Georgia Tech and the response did not seem truthful. Maybe more honest results could be obtained under oath? Ask Mark Rotenberg - that's his job.
You don't have to wait for Georgia Tech or the Georgia Attorney General's office to begin proceedings. Don't try to hide lack of appropriate administrative action in this matter - very damaging to the U - behind a smokescreen of due process concern.
Unless finne001 suffers from identity theft, he is not exactly unbiased in this matter. The shop-worn (at the U of M) phrase "conflict of interest" comes to mind.
By all means Jacko and Sainfort should be afforded due process - that is not the issue here and finne001 should know it.
Here's a legal aphorism to chew on: "Justice delayed is justice denied."
Maybe Sainfort and Jacko are deliberately being allowed to twist slowly in the wind so that they will do the right thing - for the administration - and just leave? Thus saving our various deans and provosts further embarrassment without having to admit their own contribution to this fiasco.
Wouldn't be the first time...