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25 years ago: Haskell president investigated for conflict of interest

September 30, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 30, 1988:

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs was investigating allegations of conflict of interest against Haskell Indian Junior College President Gerald Gipp. The investigation stemmed from charges that Gipp had improperly sought to have a failing grade changed for his daughter when she had been a Haskell student a year earlier. Gipp, who had been serving as president of the school since 1981, denied the charges in an interview this week, calling them "absolute falsehoods." Gipp said he had asked an administrative assistant to ask the instructor's supervisor why his daughter had received the failing grade, but that he had never asked anybody to change the grade. "I"m not silly enough to do that," Gipp said, "and as far as the reason why the instructor failed her, I have no problem with that. If she had done that in my class (didn't turn in her homework) I would have done the same thing." The course instructor said that he had been contacted multiple times by his supervisor about the failing grade and had refused requests to have her make up the work to get a passing grade. After stating that he would not change the grade "under any circumstances," the instructor had left for summer furlough, only to find out upon his return that the grade had been changed to a "D" and that the student had graduated and been hired in Haskell's admissions and records office.


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