The University of Illinois College of Law has been censured and fined $250,000 by the American Bar Association. The ABA's action comes after the law school intentionally posted false entrance exam scores and incoming students' grade point data in an effort to improve its ranking in US News and World Report. Former Law School Admissions Dean Paul Pless resigned last fall after the U of I said he inflated those scores and grades. John O'Brien, Dean at New England Law Boston, chairs the ABA's section on legal education and its council. He says the U of I is required to tell other schools and courts about the censure, and issue a corrective statement:
"That statement is also required to describe good practices with respect to the reporting of data. The college of law is also required to engage and pay an independent compliance monitor for a period of at least two years."
O'Brien says the $250,000 fine must be paid by September. In a statement, U of I spokeswoman Robin Kaler says the school is disappointed by the sanctions, but 'relieved to put a difficult chapter behind us.' Kaler also cites the corrective actions the university has made, noting the law school is fully in compliance with ABA standards.
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