Denial is Not the Right Answer to the Question
Ray Carney replies:
[For more information about my reports to the Boston University Ombuds, Francine Montemurro, and the complete lack of meaningful or substantive response to them, and the complete failure to redress or correct past problems I have reported, see the following blog entries: "Letter to the University Ombuds: Events that Almost Defy Belief," "Egregious Professional Misconduct: For Academics Only," "Lynch Mobs--Secret and Surreptitious Meetings to Foment Students Against a Teacher," and many other pages of this blog, available in the right-hand menu. For a quick read, "The Thought Police," the blog posting immediately following this one, available in the side menu under November 2013, contains what is probably the shortest and best summary of what was done by BU administrators to control and suppress my publications.]
Postscript by Ray Carney: I was unaware of the Ombudsman report my correspondent referred to, but found it described on a number of web sites. The following link is a good place to start, and will suggest the enormous chasm that separates what Boston University counts as Ombuds activity from the much more vigorous, much more searching work done by Edward Schumacher-Matos, the Ombudsman at National Public Radio.
In more than four years of receiving numerous highly documented reports of academic misconduct, the Boston University Ombuds (Francine Montemurro, who works directly under and for President Robert Brown--interesting fact, that, and no doubt at least in part responsible for the non-response my reports have been accorded) has conducted no investigations and issued no reports at all--nothing, not a sentence of a meaningful, significant response to me or to anyone else--let alone corrected the situations I have reported to ensure that they will not continue (and will not presumably happen again to other Boston University faculty members in the future). The complete non-investigation of, and non-response to, my reports says everything necessary about the ethical culture of the institution I work for. Welcome to Boston University. An institution where even the Ombuds does not respond to faculty issues.
For what it is worth, I recommend reading the entire NPR report, if only as a point of contrast. It's extremely smart, very probing, and minces no words. In short, it stands as the strongest possible contrast to BU's complete non-response and years of administrative denials that anything at all happened.
May 18, 2014 Update: As of the end of the 2014 spring semester at Boston University, and in the face of all of the preceding and following blog postings, and several additional reports I have filed with the BU Ombuds, Francine Montemurro, the situation continues as I describe it in this note and elsewhere on this blog. Every one of the problems I pointed out to her remain, even at this late date, years into my reporting of them, in the face of hundreds of pages of iron-clad documentation and scores of witnesses, completely unaddressed and uncorrected by the BU Ombuds. Nothing has changed; nothing has been corrected; nothing has been addressed; nothing at all has been done. That's the Provost Jean Morrison, President Robert Brown, Boston University way.