Monday, April 28, 2008
The University of Minnesota Takes Draconian Action
From the Star-Tribune:
Double dipping professors to have salaries, responsibilities reduced
By JEFF SHELMAN, Star Tribune
April 28, 2008
The two University of Minnesota professors accused of double dipping salaries will have their responsibilities and salaries reduced for the next two months as their departure from Georgia Tech is examined.
On Monday, the husband and wife duo of Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko asked for and received a leave of absence from their administrative duties at the U of M, according a school spokeswoman. They will retain their faculty positions during those months and be paid that portion of their salaries.
"It will give them some time to focus on resolving their issues with Georgia Tech," U of M spokeswoman Mary Koppel said.
The university will continue to look into the double dipping allegations.
Sainfort and Jacko were lured to Minnesota from the Atlanta school in the fall. Sainfort was hired to lead the Division of Health Policy and Management in the Academic Health Center, while Jacko was brought in as director of the Institute on Health Informatics.
Sainfort was receiving a $20,000 for his administrative duties in addition to his $265,000 annual salary. Jacko's base salary is $204,000 and she was receiving $12,000 for her administrative duties.
Earlier this month, Georgia Tech began the process of firing Sainfort and Jacko for being on the payroll of both schools at the same time. Georgia Tech has turned the case over to the Georgia attorney general.
In a February e-mail to an administrator, Sainfort described his spring semester workload at Georgia Tech as full and added that neither he nor Jacko had signed contracts with Minnesota. Minnesota officials, however, contend that the two signed contracts in October and are concerned with Sainfort's e-mail. Minnesota officials said Sainfort and Jacko were expected to be in "residence" on Jan. 1. Georgia Tech has said that the two signed contracts to work there for this entire school year after they signed with Minnesota.
The two professors are doing research at Minnesota and will continue to do that. In addition, Jacko will continue to work on course development for the U's School of Nursing.Let's see if I understand this...
($12,000/12) x 2 = $2000
and ($20,000/12) x 2 = $3333
Wow, that is really going to hurt people who are making more than 200 grand a year... Sort of reminds you of fines for professional athletes. The words "slap on the wrist" come to mind.
But I guess it is something and takes the heat off the administration temporarily while they deal with other pressing problems, like light rail.
How, exactly is this different from the Zahavy case? And what happened to Zahavy?
"The Board of Regents and the administration of the University made it clear years ago that it would not tolerate undisclosed, simultaneous full time employment" Rotenberg said.
I guess some pigs are more equal than other pigs, as long as they are good rainmakers. Sorry, this does not pass the smell test.