No comment makes no sense

Student, faculty deserve explanation with Durso's home confinement

By on March 30, 2011

University officials will not respond to questions about Mary Ellen Durso’s suitability to remain Quinnipiac’s School of Law registrar.

Which is weird. Because, like Lucy, Quinnipiac has some ‘splainin to do.

Durso will serve the next six months in home confinement, per her sentence from U.S. District Court after charges of tax fraud. How she will do so and remain an active member of the School of Law’s community is a mystery.

“The university does not comment on personnel matters,” spokesman John Morgan said in an email. He revealed nothing more in a secondary phone call.

The Chronicle suspects the university will sort out Durso’s situation rationally. Because of her lengthy career at Quinnipiac and respect from Law School Dean Brad Saxton, we suspect the university considers Durso a valuable asset despite her run-in with the judicial system.

Which is rational. But such suspicions are just that: suspicions. And they do not explain how Quinnipiac will make it through the next six months without a registrar on campus.

The university’s no-comment approach did a service to law students, one graduate student noted. The no comment means no publicity, which means no bad publicity for the school.

But serious questions internally, from students and faculty within the School of Law community, deserve to be answered.

These law students deserve a no-nonsense approach, not a no-comment approach.

 

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  1. BL1Y

    March 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

    No publicity? Maybe among the local community, but the national legal community has picked it up.

    We covered the story on Con Daily, and I believe the ABA Journal and Above the Law also ran with it.

    If a student were convicted of the same crime, they would likely be expelled. If they graduated, they would not pass the state bar’s character and fitness review, and if an admitted attorney did this, they would at the very least have their license suspended and face possible disbarment.