College of Law Student Profile Data Inquiry Complete

Monday, November 07, 2011

The University of Illinois has issued a final report upon the completion of its inquiry into student profile data reported and/or publicly disseminated by the College of Law.  The report identified inaccuracies in LSAT and GPA statistics with respect to the class of 2008 and the classes of 2010 through 2014 and inaccuracies in acceptance rate data with respect to the classes of 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  The investigation found that a single individual – the College’s former assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, who has resigned from the College – was solely responsible for these inaccuracies.  The investigation found no evidence indicating that any other person knew that erroneous data had been reported or disseminated by the College prior to the commencement of the investigation.  The investigation also found no evidence of misreporting in any of the other areas examined during the inquiry:  career placement, bar passage, and financial aid and scholarships. 

The report includes a set of eight recommendations, including correction of the erroneous data, implementation of “best practice” processes and controls that include data monitoring, auditing, and segregation of duties, and steps to ensure a continued culture of integrity and ethical conduct. 

 “On behalf of the University of Illinois College of Law, I wish to apologize to the legal-academic community, our University, our alumni, and our students, who are among this nation’s most talented and dedicated future lawyers,” said Bruce Smith, Dean of the College.  “The investigation has concluded that a single individual – no longer employed by the college – was responsible for these inaccuracies.  The College takes seriously the issue of data integrity and intends to implement the report’s recommendations promptly and comprehensively.  As the report properly recognizes, the College of Law remains one of the nation’s premier law schools.  We are confident that we will justify that assessment with data that are accurate, transparent, and unimpeachable.”

University of Illinois Press Release and Report.