Northern Kentucky University changes the rules to keep another theft scandal from happening again

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University's former athletic director got away with stealing $311,000 during a six-year spree.

Scott Eaton agreed to a 10-year sentence Thursday and to repay all the money he admitted to stealing under terms of a plea deal that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced on campus. President Geoffrey Mearns expressed confidence in an interview with WCPO that a host of reforms now in place will safeguard the university against another scandal like this one.

Reforms offer faculty and staff a carrot and a stick, establishing a confidential hotline for whistleblowing and other means to report wrongdoing without the whistleblower being punished. But witnesses to wrongdoing are now explicitly warned that they are subject to discipline if they're silent about suspected misconduct.

WCPO Insiders can read more about NKU's efforts.

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