Marilee Jones, the Dean of Admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), resigned from her post today “after it was confirmed that she had ‘misrepresented her academic degrees to the Institute,’ Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel E. Hastings announced in an e-mail to the MIT community today.”
According to Jones, “I misrepresented my academic degrees when I first applied to MIT 28 years ago and did not have the courage to correct my resume when I applied for my current job or at any time since.”
Hastings stated that “the process of admitting the incoming class continues without disruption.”
Miscellaneous Policy Decisions:
This falls within the category of “when bad publicity is still bad publicity.” The University of Northern Colorado posts names and photographs of students who are considered “persona non grata” a.k.a people who are not welcome or allowed on campus.
Unfortunately, one of the students on the UNC banned list is a student who was suspended because she was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. The folks at UNC determined that she had violated the code of conduct. Specifically, this section:
Conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, or welfare of any person on University-owned or controlled property at University-sponsored or supervised functions or at functions or facilities of recognized student organizations.
The student “was considered a threat to herself.” The list of banned students had been used by UNC law enforcement officials but had never been made available to the public.
According to Kay Norton, UNC’s President:
UNC police have long used this information as they monitor our campus, but given the events of this week (note, this is referencing the shootings at Virginia Tech.), we think it is appropriate to share the information with the entire campus community as we ask you to be more cognizant of security. You can access the names and photos of UNC personae non gratae online.
The student “wants the school to take her picture off the Web site or clarify that her suspension was based on a medical reason. She has not heard back from the university.
“I have been facing the hardest thing of my life. This is just adding a lot more stress,” she said.