Yudof meets with advisers to discuss investigation

V. Paul

and Mike Wereschagin
University President Mark Yudof and his closest advisers met late Tuesday evening, discussing the newest developments in the academic-misconduct investigation, said Mark Rotenberg, the University’s general counsel.
With their deadline quickly approaching, University investigators charged with sorting through academic-fraud allegations have re-interviewed key witnesses, including four former men’s basketball players.
“I think the efforts of the investigation in the past few days has yielded up significant information and that information will be highlighted in the report,” Rotenberg said.
Also in the past few weeks, University investigators have once again taken testimony from two witnesses to clarify what “player participation” meant in the writing of papers for student-athletes, said Jim Lord, the counselors’ attorney.
Jan Gangelhoff, a former tutor, and Elayne Donahue, former head of the academic counseling unit, were questioned about writing academic papers for men’s football and basketball players.
Gangelhoff said in March she wrote about 400 papers for men’s basketball players for at least 20 players.
Investigators have also questioned former basketball players Antoine Broxsie, Kevin Clark, Miles Tarver and Jason Stanford in the past two weeks. The University suspended the players in March after the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the alleged fraud.
But even with the additional testimony, the final academic-misconduct report will still be released Friday, said University spokeswoman Amy Phenix.
“I expect that there will be something public this week by the end of business,” Rotenberg said.
University officials would not comment Tuesday about the former basketball players’ recent testimony.
Investigators asked Gangelhoff last month to describe how much work the student-athletes contributed to the papers she wrote, Lord said.
“I think investigators were confused, and we straightened them out,” Lord said. “Jan Gangelhoff composed every single paper.”
Lord said investigators asked Gangelhoff about specific players, including Broxsie. Broxsie is now a junior at Oklahoma State University.
Both Broxsie and his attorney, Phil Resnick, refused to comment Tuesday.
“In some cases, there was some level of player participation, like explaining what was on their mind that day,” Lord said. “The investigators seemed to indicate that they thought the players helped write the papers.”
University President Mark Yudof said Friday that a new witness had come forward and the additional testimony would be integrated into the final report.

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