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U. of Ill. investigation faults law school dean

November 7, 2011

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—The University of Illinois has released a report saying an assistant dean at its College of Law inflated grades and entrance exam scores for several years for incoming students in data posted online.

University officials said Monday that Paul Pless was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned. They say an outside law firm and a forensic data analysis company was hired in September after the discovery that data posted for the class of 2014 was inaccurate.

Pless does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Investigators found inaccuracies in six of 10 years reviewed. Along with being posted online, the inaccurate data was forwarded to the American Bar Association and ranking organizations, such as U.S. News & World Report.

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