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Bureaucracy Club: Too good at ethics

Who would have thought that doing too well on a test could get you in trouble?

Certainly not Tony Williams. After passing a new online test on ethics required of all state employees, the tenured professor in the English department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale received a notice from his university ethics officer and from the state inspector general that he was not in compliance with state ethics regulations, a failure that state officials said could result in punishment that included dismissal. The reason? He had completed the test too quickly.

So says a January 23, 2007 Chronicle of Higher Education article. The Bureaucracy Club takes note.

(Thanks to investigator Donald Frazier for bringing this to our attention.)

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