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Probe at Murdoch widens

11 November 2014

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Murdoch University has confirmed that provost Ann Capling is the subject of an investigation following unspecified allegations against her that emerged from the investigation that led to the recent resignation of former vice-chancellor Richard Higgott.

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In a statement Murdoch also confirmed that neither of the partners of  Higgott and Capling were subject to any allegations.  Higgott’s partner Diane Stone is a professor of Ann Caplinggovernance at both Murdoch and Warwick University in the UK, while  Capling’s partner Michael Crozier is an associate professor and vice-chancellor’s fellow at Murdoch.

Murdoch also confirmed that none of the university’s deans had been presented with allegations, although a limited number of other senior staff are apparently being investigated.

The issues (regarding Capling) emerged as part of the initial investigation undertaken by Murdoch University at the request of the Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission. As a result of this investigation, the University has now provided written allegations to Professor Capling for her response.  …. She is absent from the university at her request.

The emergence of allegations against Capling has been condemned by all ten of Murdoch’s deans who earlier this month put out a letter giving her unqualified support.

There has been a scurrilous attack on our provost Ann Capling reported in the press.  We remain enthused about the program of reform and rejuvenation at Murdoch, and feel that the leadership of Ann Capling is pivotal to the success of this process.

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