With regard to a professor under investigation for sexual misconduct, UConn's administration and trustees are doing the right thing now. The question is why it took so long to get moving on it.
School officials say that they are committed to answering that question.
The Courant reported on its website Monday that a music professor and former head of the music department, Robert Miller, was placed on administrative leave last month and barred from campus. He is under police investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct involving students at the university as well as children at a camp for sick children where he was a counselor.
A UConn student reported that the professor was known to have sex with students and to provide drugs in freshman dorms.
If this scenario weren't troubling enough, school officials have acknowledged that allegations he had inappropriate sexual contact with children may have been brought to the attention of university employees as early as 2006, "but there are questions whether appropriate action was taken."
Current university officials learned of the issue and initiated an investigation when a letter containing accusations against Mr. Miller was brought to a school official in February. But the letter, first sent to an unnamed department head, was dated December 2011.
UConn's trustees have formed a special committee to review the university's response and to recommend any necessary policy changes. It will hire an outside law firm to serve as its special counsel. The university has taken the unusual step of creating a website where it is posting information and updates about the investigation: http://www.uconn.edu/public-notification.
Mr. Miller has not been charged with a crime, nor dismissed from his faculty position. UConn President Susan Herbst said the school has taken the steps it has because "any accusation of sexual misconduct by faculty, staff or students is among the gravest issues that any institution must face."
That is a lesson too many institutions have learned the hard way. If any university officials could have protected students or children from a sexual predator and didn't, the trustees have a very serious situation to deal with.Copyright © 2015, CT Now