Report on gut classes for athletes leads UNC to fire nine employees

Jack Stripling has a report in the Chronicle, here: (link fixed)

Mr. Davis, who was fired in 2011, told investigators that he learned early in his tenure that Chapel Hill’s highly touted academic standards for players were not as advertised.

“He quickly realized that there was lots of talk about the importance of academics without anything to back up that talk,” the report says. “He found Chapel Hill’s attitude toward student-athlete academics to be like an ‘Easter egg,’ beautiful and impressive to the outside world, but without much life inside.”

During their PowerPoint presentation, football counselors worked to underscore the gravity of Ms. Crowder’s imminent retirement. To drive this point home, they showed another slide comparing eight players’ grade-point averages in AFAM classes with their GPAs in other classes. The numbers put the story in sharp relief: The average GPA in the paper classes was 3.61, compared with 1.92 in other classes.

The fallout from Ms. Crowder’s retirement was precipitous. In the fall of 2009, the first semester after Ms. Crowder stepped down, the football team posted a grade-point average of 2.1, its lowest in 10 years. Forty-eight players had a semester GPA of less than 2.0.

Faced with the knowledge that athletes’ eligibility was at serious risk, football counselors quickly scrambled to persuade Mr. Nyang’oro to pick up where Ms. Crowder had left off, the report says. The chairman acquiesced, offering six more classes in the spirit of those routinely given by “Professor Debby,” as Ms. Crowder came to be known among students. One class had 13 football players.

Before awarding students’ grades, Mr. Nyang’oro asked his assistant to look up their grade-point averages. He was mindful to never give a grade that would hinder a student’s eligibility “regardless of paper quality,” the report states.

UO also has run athlete-only classes, such as FHS 199. Taught by athletic department employees, with the students getting full academic credit. Here is one student’s final project for the class:

This was taught for years without the required Senate approval. Read the syllabus here:

More of the final project videos here:

UO also set up a special “Art of the Athlete” course, again just for athletes, and taught in the Jock Box. All the players got A+’s. If that’s not enough to keep them eligible, there’s always Doug Blandy’s online AAD classes, or SAAP, or American Sign Language.

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Live-blog of UO Senate meeting. Connie Ballmer on search. TF on Sex Assault

News reports on Task Force recommendations:

Alexandra Wallachy in the Daily Emerald:

University Senate was action-packed and attendance-packed at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support co-chair Carol Stabile presented the task force’s recommendations at the meeting held in Lawrence 115.

The recommendation is titled “Twenty Students Per Week,” addressing the statistic that one in five women is assaulted during college according to the Center for Disease Control and the White House.

“The problem of widespread campus sexual violence is not a new one,” Stabile and the report said. “But national attention to the problem, inspired by campus activists, scholars, lawyers, politicians and the leadership provided by the White House has broken the silence and secrecy upon which sexual violence thrives.”

Stabile emphasized the role of athletics and fraternity and sorority life in sexual violence.

“We cannot ignore the fact that, despite the relatively small number of students directly involved in their activities,” Stabile and the report said, “Athletics and Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) play disproportionately powerful roles in facilitating or tolerating conditions in which sexual violence occurs on campus.”

Andrew Greif in the Oregonian:

“We must not be reluctant to name sexual violence or to discuss its prevalence, even when doing so entails investigating and addressing problems within organizations that contribute to the social and cultural life of the university,” the UO Senate report states. “We cannot ignore the fact that, despite the relatively small number of students directly involved in their activities, Athletics and Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) play disproportionately powerful roles in facilitating or tolerating conditions in which sexual violence occurs on campus.

Josephine Woolington in the RG:

A suspension of plans to expand the number of sorority and fraternity chapters on the University of Oregon campus is among 23 recommendations presented this afternoon to the University Senate by a task force charged with studying the UO’s sexual violence prevention efforts.

The nearly two dozen recommendations are intended to improve the UO’s prevention and support policies for victims. The changes would cost the university at least $500,000.

Other recommendations put forth by the task force include forming a sorority and fraternity sexual assault task force; creating an Office to Address Sexual and Gender Violence; funding a campus “climate” survey to assess rates of victimization; developing proposals to mandate that all students take classes on gender, sexuality and social inequity; and empowering the University Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee to address sexual violence issues within the UO athletic department.

115 Lawrence, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3:00 pm     1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm     2.   Approval of Minutes

3:00 pm     3.   State of the University

3.1       Connie Ballmer, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Presentation and Discussion

Very good sign that the Board is willing to talk with the faculty transparently about this. Presents basics from Emphasizes that we have a stable board, good interim president good place to start a search. [Be better with a big academic donation in the bag, instead of all this Duck nonsense, but it's still good.]

Student Q: Why all these committees if board decides? Which committee really has power? A: The search committee. Q: Why no students on search committee? A: None: Q: Why 2 Moffitts but no students? A: I trust the Moffitts.

Bonine Q: What’s your view of the role of faculty, Senate, board w.r.s.t. shared governance? A: I’ll defer to Chuck Lillis.

Student Q: How long is the term of a president supposed to be? A: 7 to 12 years as goal.

3:20 pm     4.   New Business

4.1       Presentation of Recommendations from Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support (Carol Stabile and Randy Sullivan, Co-Chairs and Robert Kyr, University Senate President)

REPORT HERE, powerpoint summary here.

President Kyr thanks members, especially Carol Stabile. Huge amount of work.

[Blogging will be light, I'm listening.] Professor Stabile calls out athletics and greek life in particular, notes the “wall of secrecy” around athletics, calls for them to cooperate with IAC. Calls for a suspension of plans to expand fraternities and sororities.

4.2       Strategic Planning Process, Revision of the Academic Plan, and University Priorities (Interim President Scott Coltrane and Acting Provost Frances Bronet)

Coltrane thanks Senate TF, says he will consider their proposals along with the upcoming report from the ~$200K euphemistically named “President’s Task Force”

On to “Achieving Competitive Excellence” report. Same thing presented to BOT a few months back.

4.3       Motion (Resolution): GTFF Bargaining; Regina Psaki, Professor (Romance Languages) & UO Senator

Passed unanimously. How can a university with AAU pretensions, in desperate need of more grad students, give them the shaft over pay and benefits?

Giant waste of administrative time, effort, and money. Cut a deal and let’s all get back to work – Interim President Coltrane.

5:00 pm     5.   Open Discussion

5:00 pm     6.   Reports

5:00 pm     7.   Notice(s) of Motion

5:00 pm      8.  Other Business

5:00 pm     9.   Adjournment

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Background reading for today’s Senate TF report on sexual assault prevention policies

More suggestions welcome:

Senate Task Force website:

UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence:

A one-stop community based approach from Cornell:

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3PM Today: UO Senate Task Force on sexual violence prevention recommendations

No, I’m not talking about Mike Gottfredson’s self-appointed “Presidential Sex Assault Review Panel”. That group will apparently have its final meeting Nov 21st in Portland, of all places. Presumably so they can stay in a nice boutique hotel, while avoiding any awkward questions about how much of their ~$150K report was actually written by Jane Gordon (Law).

This is the report from the all volunteer UO Senate Task Force, which has been working all summer, holding public meetings, running a survey, and trying to get info from the athletics department and greek life. Their initial recommendations will be made to the UO Senate this Wednesday, there will be a town hall later, and the discussion and voting will begin at the November 5th Senate meeting.

Subject: [UO Senate 2014/15] [Senate:] Wednesday (Oct. 22)‹Important Senate Meeting!

To: University Senate &
University Campus Community

From: Robert Kyr, Senate President

RE: Important Senate Meeting—Wednesday, Oct. 22
3:00-5:00 PM in Lawrence Hall, Room 115
+ Recommendations from Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support
+ Presidential Search: A Report from Connie Ballmer, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
+ President’s & Provost’s Presentation & Discussion on Strategic Planning & the Academic Plan

I am writing to remind you about one of the most important campus events of the 2014-2015 academic year. On Wednesday, October 22 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Lawrence Hall 115, the Senate meeting will be structured as a CAMPUS FORUM for our entire community in order to discuss three crucial topics for the future of our university:

The recommendations of the Task Force will be presented by Carol Stabile, Co-Chair of the Task Force. The campus community will be given two weeks to respond to the recommendations online in preparation for a discussion and Senate vote at our Wednesday, November 5th meeting at 3:00-5:00 PM in Lawrence Hall, Room 115.

Connie Ballmer, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, will give a report about the Presidential Search.

Interim President Scott Coltrane and Acting Provost Frances Bronet will give a presentation about university priorities and the strategic planning process, as well as the revision of the academic plan.

I hope that you will attend this important meeting, which will include time for questions and discussion. I look forward to our work together as we focus on three vital topics that are crucial for the future of our university.

All the best,
Robert Kyr
President, University Senate

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Ducks replace “United We Ball” message with “It’s on Us” video

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If Dana Altman, Rob Mullens, and Mike Gottfredson had succeeded in their efforts to keep the basketball rape allegations secret, the Ducks might still be trying to sell tickets with messages like this:

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Fortunately the press found out, the athletic department caught hell in the sort of way that might affect their future salaries, and now the Ducks have a different, and much better message:

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No Senate participation as armed UO Police finally adopt complaint policy

Three years after they were formed, two years after they got Glocks, one year after the Bowl of Dicks. It’s strange, I haven’t heard anything about this in the Senate or Senate Exec. Around the 0 has the story here. Who is on the committee? How did they get appointed? Who knows, that link is dead:

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(Now fixed, here. Read the policy. The Senate will have no say in appointing members of this committee.)

Spokeperson Kelly McGiver says:

Complaints that allege serious misconduct by a police officer or complaints that a department policy is unlawful will be forwarded to the vice president for finance and administration and the chair of the Complaint Resolution Committee. The complaint will be investigated by the department’s professional standards officer, and the result is provided to the Complaint Resolution Committee for review.

Unlawful UOPD policies? How would you know? I’ve been trying for 4 months to get a copy of UOPD policies from Mr. McGiver.

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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in denial


Step one is to admit you have a problem. Despite that fact that five of his students ended up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning after last year’s “bid day”, Mr. Shukas thinks maybe the problem is that regular students may have mis-reported they were in chapters, inflating the greek life rape numbers in Jennifer Freyd’s survey report. The ODE has the story:

… Justin Shukas, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UO, has made sure that there are a number of programs in place to make students feel safe in terms of sexual assault.

“We do a new member orientation program that happens within two to three weeks of when new members receive their bids,” he said. “We cover sexual assault prevention and alcohol abuse prevention.”…

Shukas said that many FSL members were surprised by the results of the study. “I think a lot of the students’ reaction is that they weren’t aware,” Shukas said. “The data was also self reported, and it’s unsure if those students were actually in chapters, so there are still a lot of questions about that.” …

UO FSL saw first hand how individuals’ poor decisions can lead to an unsafe environment after five sorority women were hospitalized due to alcohol poisoning following Bid Day 2013.

10/15/2014: Fraternity members 3x more likely to commit rape – UO Dean Shang says don’t forget about their community service

Jake New has the basics in a report in InsideHigherEd from September:

This month was not kind to the already-embattled image of the American college fraternity.

Wesleyan University announced that its fraternities would have to go coeducational amid a push from students and faculty members who say that fraternities encourage sexism and mistreatment of women. Clemson University suspended all fraternity activity following a member’s fatal plunge from a bridge. The Texas Tech University chapter of Phi Delta Theta was suspended after displaying a banner that read “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal.”

And with research and college health experts noting thatincidents of sexual assault and high-risk drinking are particularly prevalent among fraternity and sorority members than other students on campus, a question inevitably arises: Why don’t colleges just do away with Greek life completely?

Good question. Especially when the data says:

While the majority of fraternity members do not commit rape, they are three times as likely to commit rape as non-members, according to a 2007 study.

UO Dean of Students Paul Shang gives his answer in this new Josephine Woolington story in the RG, which reports on UO data on rapes of sorority members:

Survey: UO sorority students at greater risk of rape

… UO Dean of Students Paul Shang said he hadn’t looked at Freyd’s data in much detail, but emphasized that the research should not overshadow the community service that fraternity and sorority members provide to the university and to local charities. He said many students are interested in coming to the UO because of its Greek life culture.

Shang said the UO plans to expand Greek life to where 20 percent of undergraduate students are members of a fraternity or sorority, compared to the current 15 percent.

That’s right, UO’s Dean of Students failed to do his homework, but he’s decided to expand greek life anyway. Do the math – how many extra rapes is Paul Shang willing to accept? I must have missed the meeting where he presented this proposal to the UO Senate, and we adopted it.

Fortunately the UO student’s news site The Daily Jade has higher standards than the UO administration:

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Coltrane at AAU meetings

Presumably one of the agenda items will be the AAU’s efforts to develop a profitable “Campus Climate Survey” to compete with Jennifer Freyd’s free open-source alternative. The AAU has a pretty bloated administrative structure, paying both their current president (Hunter Rawlings) and what looks like an extra year’s salary to their past president (Bob Berdahl):

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So it’s no wonder they’re not willing to give this a creative commons license or open source it like Freyd did. Their RFP for the Campus Climate survey is here: Looks like the AAU intends to keep the intellectual property for themselves instead of putting it in the public domain, and presumably they’ll charge non-AAU schools for using it:

All intellectual property developed related to and as a result of this project shall be retained and solely owned by AAU, with participating universities retaining ownership and control (including use for further research and/or publication) of the individual institutional data. The AAU retains the right, at its sole discretion, to utilize a different platform and/or vendor in future administrations of the survey.

President’s Schedule:


Washington, D.C.

Association of American Universities membership meetings


Association of American Universities membership meetings continue


Interview with Chronicle of Higher Education

Travelling to Eugene


11:00 a.m. — Meeting with acting Provost Frances Bronet and University Senate President Rob Kyr

Noon — Eugene Education Foundation lunch
Interim President Coltrane attends a lunch event in support of EEF, an organization that supports many programs in 4J including college readiness and new approaches to enhance student engagement and success.

2:00 p.m. — Budget and Finance regular meeting

3:00 p.m. — University Senate meeting
Interim President Coltrane attends the meeting of the senate and shares more on the strategic initiatives planning based on goals for achieving competitive excellence.




Meetings with external partners

7:00 p.m. — Football
Oregon vs. California

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Feds outlaw methods Gottfredson and Altman used to hide rape allegations

Inside Higher Ed has the story, here:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education published the final rules to carry out changes to the Clery Act today, requiring colleges and universities to collect and disclose crime statistics about the number of reported crimes that were investigated and determined to be unfounded. Previously, those incidents were not required to be reported, so the rule requires the disclosure of statistics from the past three calendar years as well as those going forward.

“That’s the biggest change we’ve made,” Lynn Mahaffie, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, said during a press call Friday. “It allows us to better monitor what crimes are being reported, see the extent that reporting is being abused, and provide technical assistance.”

The rules place more emphasis on not only sexual assault but also dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Colleges must describe each type of disciplinary proceeding used by the institution for each violation and how that is determined. They must include in their annual security reports a statement of policy and procedures for dealing with these crimes.

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UO Trustees require Coltrane to cut athletic costs. Mullens, coaches must obey Code of Ethics

In 1982 the OUS Board approved this Internal Management Directive, presumably in response to some long forgotten athletic scandal. They reaffirmed it in 2013, and in 2014 the UO Board adopted OUS’s policies and IMD’s wholesale, while they work out revisions.

UO has hired Pernsteiner’s former right hand man Chuck Triplett to manage this process:

List of policies:

Initial list of policies he thinks will interest the Senate (doesn’t include athletics):

Draft proposal for policy review and revision (doesn’t include Senate):

So here are the rules. I’m thinking those 5 years are up:

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The chances any of this will ever happen are not large. This “Code of Ethics” is not in the contracts for Mullens, Helfrich, or Altman, and I’m guessing their agents would protest any effort to include it.

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Duck athletics has $350M so far, expects another $430M from $2B fund drive. Remainder for academics.

10/19/2014: That’s half the $700M raised so far in this drive, plus 1/3 of the remaining $1.3B goal, based on the Andreasen quote below. Can anyone explain why the academic side is still subsidizing the athletic department’s bills?

The Daily Emerald’s Alexandra Wallachy has a good interview with VP for Advancement Mike Andreassen, here:

There were a lot of rumors last night that Phil Knight was going to donate a billion. Do you have any idea where those rumors started?

MA: “No idea. And you know, frankly I’m a little disappointed about that because our donors have been amazing, including Phil and Penny. They’ve given already, I know they will continue to give.”

And the RG’s Diane Dietz has more:

About half of the $700 million given to the University of Oregon toward its $2 billion fundraising goal — announced Friday — was earmarked for athletics rather than academics.

The tide is turning, UO Vice President for University Advancement Michael Andreasen said Saturday.

His rule of thumb is that the university should be two-thirds academically focused in its fundraising.

10/17/2014 10PM wrap-up: Coltrane announces $2B goal, $700M in hand, Knight doesn’t show.

About 1/2 of that $700M went to the jocks. Oregonian report here.

8:06PM update: Rumor is that Klinger and Clevenger got the RG reporters excluded as payback for The Bowl story. And apparently UO’s Strategic Communicators believe that the Oregon Daily Emerald news staff has been exposed to Ebola. They’ve got a pretty good report anyway, here.

But the Oregonian’s Allan Brettman is embedded in the big white tent: Follow him on Twitter, here.

Update: Reporter pours cold water on Knight donation rumors: Matt Kish in the Portland Business Journal, here.

Update: Chief Communicator Klinger incommunicado about contribution

Betsy Hammond posts the rumors about my rumors about EW rumors about the same rumors I heard, in the Oregonian here.

10/17/2014: Knight money to fund conversion of Mac Court to Academic Center?

Latest rumor is that Knight money will go in part toward converting Mac Court into a Student Academic Center. This would allow Rob Mullens and Tom Hart to continue to isolate the jocks from the general UO student population, while reducing the bad blood between academics and athletics over the millions in subsidies we’ve poured into the athletic department for the Jock Box and the Matt Court land over the past 5 years. See the upcoming UO Senate legislation here.

10/16/2014: Forklifts begin unloading pallets of Knight cash at Hayward Field

Looks like a billion from here, maybe a bit less after the jocks stepped on it:


The Eugene Weekly has a new rumor on my rumor, which was mostly based on their rumor, or a rumor I got from the same person they got it from, here. Maybe Chief Communicator Klinger will have something solid in the AM. Or maybe it’ll be another 14 years.

10/13/2014: Knight gift rumors range from $800M to $2B

One report says mostly for scholarships. I wouldn’t put much stock in the details at this point, but Friday does seem like the day for the announcement.

Update: UO’s Tobin Klinger reveals time and place of Phil Knight’s big gift

Friday Oct 17, breakfast. The report from Strategic Communicator Tobin Klinger is in “Around the 0″, here:

On Friday, Oct. 17, a breakfast will be held welcoming more than 300 members to campus, setting the stage for what is being described as “an historic day.”

The gift announcement will be made in the giant white tent being erected in Hayward Field. Presumably this will be the largest higher education donation in history, and a game changer for UO’s ability to perform its academic mission. Good for Uncle Phil.

10/9/2014: Knight to give UO $1B, with strings

That’s been the rumor since 1997. The Eugene Weekly reports the new rumor is that there will be an announcement this month. Gifts always come with strings, these have presumably been negotiated between Knight (or perhaps Kilkenny or Slusher) and Chuck Lillis. The BOT has to approve the deal for any gift over $5M, which presumably means the details will be public.

10/12/2014 update: UO Alum Marc Mooney asks “Did the U of O Become Faber College (with a really good football squad)?”, here.

10/11/2014 update: OC Register summarizes the UO academics/athletics divide, prior to big gift
Scott Reid has the story, here, with quotes from Bartko, Sinha, Harbaugh, Tublitz, and Freyd:

“Oregon just decided we’re a second-rate university that’s struggling to compete with other top universities in the country, so it was easier to grow in in athletics than academics,” … “The athletic enterprise here has become a monster, become the tail that wags the academic dog and no one here has the (guts) to stand up to them.”

Hint: That one’s not from Dev.

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Grad students declare impasse, will hold vote on strike this week

10/18/2014: My understanding is that they can strike 30 days after the vote, so presumably it will be the last week of classes, and finals. GTFs are responsible for much of grading, labs, and teach many courses. The administration is drawing up plans purporting to show that the undergrads can finish courses and issue grades without GTF’s. These will be a sham. Everyone knows the university can’t function without the GTFs, but the administration needs to pretend, to try and fool the parents paying the tuition. Hey, maybe Jim Bean will finally get his chance to return to teaching.

According to GTF website the two sides are not even very far apart. In the past the the UO Graduate School has negotiated directly with the GTFs. This time our passive-aggressive former president Mike Gottfredson decided to hire Rudnick and Frohnmayer’s HLGR firm, for some strange reason. Their negotiator Jeff Matthews, whose previous work mostly involved zoning easements and construction contract disputes, has botched it badly.

Any thoughts on why Coltrane didn’t pull the plug on HLGR before it got to this point?

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