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Disciplinary action taken against Haskell employees after investigation of student-athlete test scores

May 15, 2012

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A Department of Education investigation into falsified student-athlete test scores at Haskell Indian Nations University resulted in “official action on the employees and students involved,” according to a press release issued by Haskell on Tuesday.

The release indicates that ACT test scores dating back to 2008 were involved, and that employees were “disciplined for manipulation of three other student transcripts.” Some games will be forfeited as well. Two employees involved no longer work at Haskell, according to the release.

The release of information comes following repeated Journal-World requests for information beginning in early May. The Journal-World received an anonymous letter alleging a federal investigation into the basketball and football programs at Haskell and potential academic misconduct.

The news release does not specify what sports were involved, and it’s unclear how many employees were involved or how high up the athletics hierarchy at Haskell the investigation reached. It’s unclear how the grades and transcripts were falsified, but the release states: “In addition to an upgrade/improved database and admission process, instances such as this will no longer be possible.”

Haskell representatives could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Comments

Rick Aldrich 2 years, 4 months ago

Cut there government funding off and someone will spill the beans.

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Jayhawk1958 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah really. We've already cut everything else for them including their land.

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WPCJOSH 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey before you start slandering a families name you might want to educate yourself. Furthermore, when was the last time you set foot onto Haskell's campus? Do you know the Gipps? Something tells me you do because most people without an ax to grind callously through accusations around without ANY factual evidence. If you did have any sort of education on the matter, which you obviously don't, you would know that the Gipps have been one of the most positive members of that university for years. Oh and by the way the article said that the people involved were no longer at the university. Again if you had any idea what you were talking about you would know that the Gipps are still happily employed at the university, which is lucky to have them. As far as abolishing the athletics program I don't believe you could make more of an ignorant, or at the very least uneducated, statement. Have you looked at the numbers for diabetes and obesity amongst young native Americans? Again obviously you haven't. Coach Gipp has literally changed lives by promoting health and fitness to a people that would have otherwise not been exposed. Furthermore, many of the athletes come from reservations without proper health or education. Because of what Coach Gipp, his wife, and several other members of that wonderful family have done, dozens if not hundreds of grateful Native American adults can call themselves not only healthy, but college graduates. Oh and I haven't even mentioned what that family has done to try to expand the universities degree programs. I typically don't cater to the ignorant but this message is not for you "anonymous" it is for the rest of the City of Lawrence so they don't believe this nonsense. The Gipps are a cherished member of both the Native American community and the City of Lawrence. Shame on you sir for hiding behind words of slander. My name is Josh Scotten. Who are you? Something tells me you don't want people to know that...

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delberthelephant 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you, Josh, for saying what needed to be said. The Gipps are doing wonderful things for Haskell as a University as well as Athletics. I've only been around for a couple years and have witnessed the amazing improvements not only the Gipps have done for the University, but several other current employees as well.

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nj749 2 years, 4 months ago

An unfortunate situation for Haskell, however from what I have observed the Athletic program is getting back on track and appears to be picking up and moving forward. I caution folks to reexamine the article and note the investigations stems from 2008 which leads me to believe the situation has been dealt with but thanks to the ANONYMOUS letter there must be some a vendetta that involves dragging the program down. Now who has privy to this information? Rumor has it, and I hope it is just rumor, there is a faction at the University trying to get rid of athletics. I sure hope that is not true, we do have some talented Native students who do value their education. As for the commenter leaving the slanderous statements about current employees working with Haskell athletics, you need to get your facts and information straight. Who was the athletic director in 2008? And didn't Haskell do away with track and field for a few years? Good luck to Haskell, its athletic programs and tot the students. Keep the faith and Onward Haskell!

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drillsgt 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow..let me hear this ...Lets cut sports, but that money in my AIS program and then blame people who are no longer there. Again somebody wants to think she knows whats native students want....The sports programs , no Im gonna say the whole school is down in the dumps because of the academic leadership..now the new president , to me is trying to clean up the school but he has alot to deal with, bad facilities, bad workers, the union saying people dont have to do there jobs, employees going out with younger students, employees drunk on duty, money being moved from programs to others programs..well and no new degrees and classes that are no better than a junior high credit...why would the letter come out know?..sounds like a very bitter ex sports program employee, the gipps have done some very good things for Haskell without the help of anyone...you want to check grades, check some of the grades of the students who were given extra credit for a protest...or students who were seeing teachers and getting grades they did not earn...wow and these involve a certain area of study at haskell..that there grades might be the ones being changed because some said the that program has more students in it yet its a worthless program...Counslers or should I say one walking around telling everybody her business and threatening student girls, and what about the illegal hiring of new employees,,and she wants to blame people who are no longer there...the Gipps have done more for haskell than some other people have out here..Guess I will go to the snack bar and listen some more...

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Dusty 2 years, 4 months ago

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 4 months ago

Why not just de-fund the BIA in its entirety and lets all become "Americans" and live in one America? Haskell appears to be a money pit that proves outwardly to have very little value. Very low graduation rates and the other problems overshadow any good that is accomplished. Would be much cheaper for the taxpayer to mainstream the Native population into the one American society, than to keep it functioning on its own.

I wonder just how many non native people work at Haskell as a percentage. I'll bet if the number was known it would not meet EEO requirements of other facilities like it.

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bobandmywife 2 years, 4 months ago

We have said it before we will say it again stop wasting our hard earned tax dollars on Haskell. It's like a bunch of little kids over there. Employees behaving very badly and now what do they want to do. Take away the sports and put the monies into a useless program. Brilliant plan. We thought bullying had been banned in schools, foolish us, guess it's the Gipps turn. Wonder who will be next? President Redman needs to put a stop to it. Why Haskell ever put out a press release that made themselves look very bad is a mystery. The towns people are tired of this. You would think the BIA or the BIE or whoever would be too. Enough already close the place and start refunding the taxpayers for all the wasted dollars that was thrown at this place off of the backs of hard working Americans.

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ndn66049 2 years, 4 months ago

When will the report become public record? Or will it? Was it the boys or girls basketball team and what other sports involved? Wonder what sanctions will come from the NAIA and what games will be forfeited? Lets see the names of those who were involved.....if this was a self reported infraction to the NCAA more info would be put out along with more specific details on who, what, when, and where......and what the specific penalties are. I know a kid that might want to go there in the fall and I think he should have all the facts of what he is facing....

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow. There's a lot of attitude posted here. The only information I could glean from the article was that some records of student athletes have been changed. Haskell is investigating and has started disciplinary action. Whatever happened is disheartening, but does not hold a candle to the ticket fiasco at KU. Maybe, we could say college sports are getting out of hand. That does not mean we should close Haskell . . . Or KU. And, those who have internal scuttlebutt, please keep it to yourselves. It's inappropriate on a blog, and could wrongly damage people and programs.

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WPCJOSH 2 years, 4 months ago

Did you know that Haskell has a gym that is open to the community? I hear people grip about their "hard earned tax money" but how much of "your" tax money is actually going to Haskell? A few cents? Maybe a couple dollars? Let me also ask you this....do you have a gym membership? How much do you pay for that? Several hundred a year? Bobandhiswife also mentions "the towns people are sick of it" which is ridiculous because the university is federally funded. Haskell provides the opportunity of education to KIDS who would likely never have said opportunity. Not to mention the health aspect which I touched on earlier. What would you rather have Bobandhiswife? a hundred uneducated Native kids drawing unemployment and welfare or 100 educated Native kids who pay taxes? If making sure your tax money is going to good use you might want to reconsider your opinions on Native American education.

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lawdog 2 years, 4 months ago

I am sure that Haskell is handling this matter.......let them do their jobs.

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friendofhaskell 2 years, 4 months ago

It's too bad the athletic program operates like this because the students and Haskell lose and the proud history of athletics at Haskell is damaged. I'm told there were many good employees who refused to support these kind of practices and reported what was going on. They were replaced with those willing to overlook violations and cheat to get ahead. Shame on those who did this. Those who reported were subject to personal attack and had their reputations ruined by the blog operated by LJW for telling the truth. If athletics has lost support, it's because of these practices. Shame on those who did this. Haskell never had to win by cheating. The DOE investigation only confirms what employees have been saying but there are no winners. Haskell has to move beyond this and make sure this never happens again because it does provide an education that many Native kids would never have the opportunity to get if it wasn't for Haskell.

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bobandmywife 2 years, 4 months ago

We agree with ssakcaj Blah, blah, blah, blah. Now give us our tax dollars back.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

bobandmywife....your tax dollars pay for lands your government stole between 1790 and 1970.....your US Government proposed the Civilization Act of 1819 which gave education funds to tribes that signed away lands through treaties. You sound just like another archie bunker in a rented patriot suit acting like Peter Griffin off of Family Guy.....take back your tax money???? when you do leave the Shawnee, Kaw, and Delaware lands you live on.....

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