Senator asks UMUC for documents

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. Senate education committee has asked the chancellor of the Maryland state university system to hand over documents related to enrollment and workplace practices at the University of Maryland University College.

UMUC has more than 90,000 students, and more than half are military service members and their families.

UMUC president Susan Aldridge resigned last week after being placed on leave without explanation. A complaint filed with a state auditor says Aldridge forced out dozens of staffers and made lucrative severance payments in exchange for their silence.

The Washington Post reports that Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, wrote to the chancellor that he was concerned about the payments. He also said he was concerned about potential compromises of the school’s academic integrity.

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