URBANA, Ill.— An assistant dean at the University of Illinois College of Law has been placed on administrative leave after the university received complaints that grade and standardized test data for the incoming class had been inflated on university literature, officials said Sunday.
The data -- grade point averages and median Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, scores -- had been exaggerated on the university's website and promotional publications for the class of 2014, according to a news release Sunday. The university's ethics office received a warning last month. The reported inaccuracies were discovered Friday, and alumni were informed over the weekend.
University spokesman Tom Hardy said the information had been available for a few weeks online but has since removed from the website.
"This matter is being taken very seriously by the highest levels of the university, the campus and the College of Law, and a thorough inquiry into the facts has been initiated," university officials said in a statement Sunday.
Looks like that 168 median was exaggerated. The reporting of such a median looked like a lie from the get-go, given that Illinois was admitting splitters with 167s at the last minute, as evidenced by LSN.