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Friday, February 15, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Judge rules against Purdue on hiding report from former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell"

Interesting story by Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:

Purdue University cannot claim attorney-client privilege as a reason to prevent disclosure of information related to a complaint filed by former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell.

In an order issued late last month, Tippecanoe Circuit Judge Donald Daniel said Purdue University cannot claim that information uncovered by John C. Trimble was exempt from public disclosure because it was protected by attorney-client privilege or work product.

Wartell was forced out at IPFW in 2011 because Purdue University requires university executives to retire at age 65. Requests from IPFW that he be allowed to stay were denied.

Wartell filed a complaint against the university, claiming discrimination and harassment. Purdue hired Trimble as an independent investigator. The investigation was completed last February and reported to a group of Purdue board members, which found no discrimination had taken place.

But nothing was ever made public, not even to Wartell, who filed requests with Purdue officials and the state’s public access counselor to see the report. * * *

Purdue claimed Trimble served appropriately as both the school’s attorney and third-party investigator. * * *

After dueling motions and multiple hearings, Judge Daniel’s ruling ordered Purdue to answer questions asked of Trimble and Alyssa Rollock, the school’s vice president for ethics and compliance.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 15, 2013 09:03 AM
Posted to Ind. Trial Ct. Decisions