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Friday, February 20, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - Purdue's "Trimble Report" finally released this afternoon

The most recent ILB post on this topic, from Feb. 8th, was headed "Purdue 'Trimble report' finally released? Not yet!"

But this Friday afternoon, it was. Here is the Lafayette Journal & Courier's copy.

Here is some of what Rebecca S. Green wrote in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on Feb. 6th:

Purdue officials this week revealed they spent more than $153,000 in legal fees over about 18 months to conceal the $19,000 report, which was compiled after an investigation into the forced retirement of former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell in 2011.

The Journal Gazette has requested from Purdue both the report and the terms of the settlement reached in the lawsuit, but the university has not yet provided the information.

This afternoon Joseph Paul reports in the Laf. J&C:
An internal investigation by Purdue University into complaints of harassment and discrimination found the allegations were unsubstantiated.

The terms of a recent federal court settlement made public a 2012 report by attorney John Trimble after former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell was forced into retirement in 2011 at the age of 65.

Purdue hired Trimble to investigate Wartell's allegations of age and gender discrimination by former Purdue President France Córdova, whom Wartell believed had a desire to fill more top administrative positions with women.

In a copy obtained Friday by the Journal & Courier, Trimble found through interviews with Wartell, Córdova, Board of Trustees members, witnesses and a review of nearly 250 pages of evidence that no discrimination took place under the university's current definition.

"The specific allegation that President Córdova engaged in sex discrimination by pointing at Chancellor's photo and stating, 'I will replace this one with a woman' has not been substantiated," the report states. "The individual who allegedly shared that information with Chancellor Wartell cannot or will not confirm it. To the contrary, that individual corroborates President Córdova's statement that there were merely conversations about the necessity of encouraging diversity within the administration of Purdue University." * * *

Over the course of the legal wranglings between Wartell and Purdue, both federal and state courts ruled the report compiled by Trimble should be considered a public document.

As reported by the Associated Press earlier this month, the university spent more than $150,000 in legal fees over the past 18 months, fighting public records requests and claiming the document was protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trimble himself, however, admitted he didn't reveal he was representing the university when he interviewed Wartell over the course of the investigation, according to a Journal & Courier report in March, shortly after the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that the document was not privileged.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 20, 2015 04:03 PM
Posted to Indiana Government