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Professor resigns but corruption probe continues

Posted by on 16/04/2019

The suspended Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University has resigned but the CCC will continue its corruption probe.

Professor Richard Higgott was suspended by the university last month amidst allegations of possible misconduct, which were referred to the Corruption and Crime Commission.

On Friday the university announced he had resigned and retired.

He was originally suspended following an internal investigation by Murdoch University and a unanimous vote by the university’s senate.

At the time Murdoch University Chancellor David Flanagan said in a statement that the decision to suspend Professor Higgott was regrettable but necessary.

“As a public authority Murdoch University has a very clear duty under the CCC Act to report any matters which is suspects concerns or may concernd misconduct, which we have done,” he said.

On Friday there was a different tone. Mr Flanagan said he had accepted Professor Higgot’s resignation and thanked him for the contribution he had made to the university, praising his vision and leadership.

“It is the right time for me to retire,” Professor Higgott said. “At 65 I have other activities I wish to pursue, including a large writing program.”

Until last week the CCC was considering the allegations against Professor Higgott but on Saturday a spokeswoman for the commission told WAtoday “the CCC has determined that it will commence an investigation into allegations recently notified to it by Murdoch University considering its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Higgott”.

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