Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is warning it may launch a full investigation into the University of Queensland after the Courier-Mail revealed on Saturday that Vice-Chancellor Paul Greenfield and his deputy Michael Keniger were forced to stand down after an investigation found “irregularities” in the enrolment of a student known to the men.
Meanwhile, a separate allegation emerged that the Crime and Misconduct Commission was investigating claims the husband of an academic at the university was handed an unorthodox enrolment to the School of Dentistry.
In the case involving Prof Greenfield and Prof Keniger, it is understood that entry requirements for a course were relaxed to allow a student to enrol. As a result, it is believed a number of students who did not achieve sufficiently high scores also had to be allowed entry.
The Courier-Mail says there was internal uproar when the enrolment irregularity was discovered.
Prof Greenfield, who was paid $1,069,999 last year, and Prof Keniger, who is paid $989,999, both offered to stand down following the integrity investigation.
The university’s governing body, the Senate, then agreed to allow Prof Greenfield to stay until after his 65th birthday in May.
Prof Greenfield is in South Korea on university business and was unavailable for comment.