Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wonder What Bill Bratton Would Do About This?

that's what stayed in mind watching him on Charlie Rose (wth has happened to Charlie? full on 1% er now it seems) last night (Bratton was promoting another new book this year- one that he had the title for even before he had the content-- one of those) even though we still don't have the long overdue report that he is working on for UC... well... anyway, what would he do on this?:

"Cal State Long Beach language Professor Maria Carreira, highly regarded in her field, began receiving reprimands in the mid-2000s. Colleagues shunned her textbook, and promotion to full professor was repeatedly denied. Carreira knew why.

Using what she believed would be an anonymous, legally protected process, Carreira had accused colleagues of abuses that included falsifying teaching loads and plagiarizing from the Web. She identified one professor whose nanny taught her courses.

But Carreira's identity was leaked to the people she outed - and then they were assigned to evaluate her for promotion. They denied her six times.

Carreira sued CSU's trustees over the retaliation. And she joined other whistle-blowers in 2006 to form Whistlebusters.org, to blow the whistle on failures in CSU's system of reporting abuse.

The trustees settled with Carreira in 2008 for $1 million. They paid their own lawyers an additional $529,492.

CSU litigator Susan Westover acknowledged that it's not always possible to protect a whistle-blower's identity. "Unfortunately, if someone makes a complaint, sometimes there can only be one person who has that knowledge, and people put two and two together," she said. "In the Carreira case, we found that some people treated her wrongly. Some people got in trouble for it."

On May 3, 2010, the state Supreme Court ruled in Runyon vs. Cal State Long Beach that whistle-blowers must be satisfied with an investigation before it can be closed.

Since 2008, 12 whistle-blower retaliation cases have concluded at CSU. Five were dismissed. CSU spent $6 million to settle the remaining seven, including Carreira's, and an additional $3 million to defend them. Here is a summary:

CSU Channel Island: Eddie Washington, a human resources executive, said he was demoted after alleging that colleagues violated the travel reimbursement policy. CSU blamed his performance. The case settled in January for $250,000 and his resignation. CSU spent $8,977 on defense.

San Diego State: Fitness coach David Ohton claimed he received poor assignments as retaliation for accusing a colleague of being drunk and cooperating in other ways with an investigation of the athletics department. Ohton settled in 2011 for $2.7 million. CSU spent $1.9 million on defense.

Cal State Long Beach: Finance Professor L. Richard Runyon said he was removed as department chairman after alleging that a dean took inappropriate business trips and was absent too much. A court dismissed the case after CSU concluded that Runyon was demoted for his performance. He appealed to the state Supreme Court, which ruled that whistle-blowers must be satisfied with an investigation before it can be declared "satisfactorily addressed." The case settled in 2010 for $1.8 million. CSU spent $406,838 on defense."

Can we get Bratton reports on this kind of thing?
And, UC and the Netherlands- with a special emphasis on the UC schedule of courses.

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