Former St. John’s Dean of Asian Studies and Vice President Cecilia Chang, fired in June for embezzling about $1 million worth of donations from the university, was charged again on Thursday — this time, for forcing students to act as her servants. The New York Times reports that Chang was in charge of granting 15 scholarships annually, most of which went to overseas students. Told that they must work for the university in order to maintain their scholarships, students were surprised to find themselves at Chang’s beck and call. According to the New York Post, in a letter of complaint to the university, one student wrote, “[Chang] let me be the housekeeper for her house and give me scholarship…she ask us work 122 days per year per person.”
I guess the accreditation industry can’t even ensure that foreign students don’t become indentured servants. Or that Deans aren’t embezzlers. It’s a shame, really, since you’d expect better of ‘accredited’ schools. What are all those ‘accreditation’ visits good for anyway (I mean besides, of course, making money for the ‘accrediting agencies’).