After UCF Nicholson School of Communication Director Robert C. Chandler filed his notice of resignation following accusations of misusing university funds, he hosted a discussion on ethical misconduct in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The April 21 session, Integrity Continuity: Avoiding and Surviving (Un)Ethical Disasters 2.0, highlighted work ethics today and managing integrity.
The description of the session is is listed on the workshop's website:
At the 2004 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Dr. Chandler shared his extensive research on ethical misconduct and its costly risks to the continuity and survival of a business. In today's Sarbanes Oxley and mandated environment, have ethics now become a strategic agenda? Managing integrity requires strategic planning and enactment beyond hiring "good, basically moral people."
He resigned after accusations made against him for misusing university funds and resources.
Documents obtained from UCF News and Information include a proposed employment termination written by the Dean of Colleges of Sciences Michael D. Johnson. Following a months-long investigation by the university, Chandler was placed on administrative leave with pay.
Chandler concluded his termination response by stating that the university did not have an "adequate proactive" process in helping to resolve any potential problems after accusations were first made.
"The flawed process that has been followed in this situation was simply wrong." Chandler stated in his letter. "I am grateful to have had the experience of working with the NSC faculty, staff, students and the Board of Visitors. I believe that we were together enacting the broad vision for a world-class academic program and a nationally prominent School of Communication. I am disappointed that I shall no longer serve them."
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