From hwc:

Interesting letter to the editor in today’s Record from Lawrence Levien ’68, former vice-chair of the Alumni Fund, on the “Bernard Moore” fraud:

Restoring Our Academic Integrity

He outlines the harm to the College:

What is not speculation, however, is that harm, maybe even great harm, has been perpetrated upon the College. Our fundamental premise as an academic institution has been mocked, successfully and for over a year, by an impostor seeking only financial gain. We must make every effort to preclude a repeat. As a Williams grad, an involved alum and former Alumni Fund Vice Chair and a practicing lawyer, I suggest the following:

Calls for an independent investigation saying that the faculty and administration failed and should not investigate themselves:

The trustees need to conduct a thorough investigation. The faculty and administration failed here – they should not be asked to investigate themselves. The trustees should hire skilled, independent legal counsel to lead the effort. The ultimate report, with as few redactions as possible, should be made public, embarrassing as it may be. The goal should not be to blame but to identify what systemic failures led to the outcome and what reforms should be instituted in response. Such an investigation will be expensive, particularly so if a top tier, experienced lawyer is retained, since administration, faculty, students and others all would be interviewed and, if he agreed, Professor Moore as well. But recession or not, budget cuts or not, our integrity as a top tier academic institution allows for no less.

Calls for more transparency:

The College should be more upfront about the scam. The Web site says not a word. There is no press release about Professor Moore’s dismissal. One round of e-mails announcing a dismissal is simply not enough transparency in a fraud of this magnitude and significance. Bad news, especially titillating to those not involved, doesn’t vanish just because one ignores it. We appear to be hiding something by remaining silent. Ask Tiger Woods.

And suggests that the College owes compensation to the students cheated by “Professor Moore”:

Finally, the students enrolled in Moore’s classes need recompense. They were cheated out of the single most important facet of their Williams experience: a dedicated teacher from whom they could not only learn the substantive material, but also the process of learning itself. How to do so is also for the Trustees to decide.

Hmmmm. I guess EphBlog doesn’t have the market cornered on old alums demanding high standards, after all. I’m guessing that Mr. Levien’s public letter may send a few shivers through Hopkins and the Board. I guess the ball is in Greg Avis’ court, now.

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