Christopher J. Ortiz
CSU is settling a lawsuit against the university and the former
dean of the College of Business, Daniel Costello. This cost the
school nearly $227,000. Before, CSU settled another lawsuit against
the same dean that cost the school more than $500,000, according to
today’s story on page three.
The latest lawsuit came about when Costello reportedly demoted a
former associate dean, Jon Clark, after he filed reports saying
Costello had sexually harassed female employees and used gender
When reports of sexual harassment and discrimination are filed,
the university should and needs to take those reports seriously and
act upon them before the school has to pay out a quarter of a
million dollars to settle lawsuits out of court.
The previous lawsuit against Costello was filed by a professor
who claimed he was fired after he blew the whistle on another
professor receiving cutbacks from textbook publishers. The lawsuit
against Costello and former CSU President Albert Yates cost the
university more than $500,000 to settle.
When the action of a dean is costing the school more than
$750,000, the university needs to take action. The university
should have put together an investigative panel to look into the
allegations and decide if this dean should still be employed by CSU
before his actions cost the university more money.
We are seeing what happens when a university doesn’t take the
necessary actions in responding to allegations. Can anyone say the
University of Colorado-Boulder? We should strive to set a better