Weeks of hearings into allegations of corruption by UIUC admissions officials, have lead to calls of reform. A seven-point proposal by the university's outside legal counsel suggests the elimination of a special category for well-connected students, an open appeals process for applicants denied admission and an Ombuds as the only official to handle inquiries about admissions decisions. This plan has been endorsed by the current President and his two predecessors, and the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune. (Urbana News-Gazette; Chicago Tribune.) There has been no mention of the fact that UIUC had an Ombuds office until the early 1990's or that two other UI campuses have Ombuds programs.
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