Sweeney Statement On Rutgers Report

TRENTONSenate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today regarding the Rutgers Case Study and Recommendations Report:

“Unfortunately the report released today appears to be a whitewash in that the lawyers hired by the Board offer solutions going forward but fail to assign blame where blame belongs: to those who witnessed the tape and neglected to make the full Board or public aware of this scandal.

“Although the report fails to establish accountability for what went wrong, it makes clear that the current structure at Rutgers is simply not workable. We have seen proof of that time and again over the last few months alone. There are too many people involved in leadership decisions. Not only does that complicate the process of getting things done at the University, but it also interferes with accountability.

“When things go wrong at Rutgers, as they have in many instances over the past several weeks and months, we get fingers pointing in a thousand different directions as to who can do what to solve the issue. Mark Hershhorn’s role is a prime example of the inefficient and inadequate role of the governing structure. Hershhorn, who serves on both boards, reviewed the videotape of Mike Rice’s repulsive behavior and yet did not bring Rice’s actions to the full Board of Governors, which was his duty .This report indirectly condemns Hershhorn’s judgment by recommending new procedures moving forward but neglects to hold Hershhorn accountable.

“Rutgers maintains a multi-leveled bureaucracy with both a 15-member Board of Governors, which holds the ultimate responsibility for the university’s management, and a 59-member Board of Trustees, which holds responsibility for, seemingly, its own self-preservation. 

“Simply because something has existed for centuries does not mean it is a good idea and today’s report corroborates that position clearly.”

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