The University of Illinois College of Law has been censured and fined $250,000 for intentionally publishing false admissions information to make the student body look more academically accomplished than it was.
It is the first time the American Bar Association has fined a university for reporting inaccurate consumer data, according to an ABA spokesman.
U. of I. reported false LSAT scores and incoming student GPAs to the ABA and others for the entering class of 2005 and 2007 through 2011.
While U. of I. officials have said a former admissions dean acted alone in inflating data, the ABA found that U. of I. had created an environment that placed too much emphasis on rankings.
"No matter what the competitive pressures, law schools must not cheat. The College of Law cheated," according to the censure released today.
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Thanks goes to Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana for tipping me off about this article.