DUKE RAPE UPDATE: KC Johnson reports that the Duke Board of Trustees just met and, well:
The Bob Steel-led Board of Trustees has just concluded its regularly scheduled meeting. The Board offered no comment on the serious conflict of interest allegations leveled against Steel by a left-to-right coalition of good-government groups in yesterdayâ€™s Washington Post. But the Board did make two movesâ€”one by action, one by inactionâ€”that made perfectly clear where the Board stands on Dukeâ€™s future.
In its final meeting before the deadline to apply to Dukeâ€™s Class of 2011, the Board remained silent about Mike Nifongâ€™s â€œseparate-but-equalâ€ system of justice for Duke students.
Parents considering spending the more than $40,000 annual tuition to send their son or daughter to Duke should, therefore, have no doubt that the institution will remain silent in face of a prosecutor who employs a different set of procedures for Duke students than those used for all other Durham residents. Prospective parents also now can be assured that the BOT has no complaints with the Durham PDâ€™s official policy of meting out greater punishment to Duke students than to all other Durham residents for the same misdemeanor-level offenses.
Many might argue that with this silence, Dukeâ€™s trustees have failed in their fiduciary duty to the institution. But Steel, obviously, has a different vision of his proper role. . . . With its actions and non-actions today, the Board responded to those who have been urging Duke to take a clearer stand on the case. Not only is the Board unwilling to challenge Nifongâ€™s â€œseparate-but-equalâ€ system for Duke students, but it went out of its way to reward the faculty who have acted as Nifongâ€™s campus cheerleaders.
There’s much, much more.