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TEPAK rector to be prosecuted

The attorney-general has decided to prosecute the rector of the Technological University (TEPAK) in connection with interfering with the promotions procedure, it emerged on Wednesday.

Elpida Keravnou was arrested late in March on suspicion of forging a list of university lecturers who were to be promoted.

Police said on Wednesday the case had been referred to the attorney-general who studied it and decided to launch a criminal procedure.

Keravnou has denied any wrongdoing.

She is accused of abusing authority, influencing an authority, drafting a document without authority, and circulating it.

The TEPAK rector was arrested after claims she had interfered with the committee assessing lecturers between September and October 2014.

She is suspected of falsifying the minutes of a committee meeting tasked with deciding the promotions.

Following the departure of two members of the committee, the rector allegedly dictated new minutes to the committee secretary, effectively changing the order of promotions.

The committee chairman signed off on the new minutes after being assured by the rector that the other members would also agree.

The rector claims she altered the minutes to correct mistakes in the procedure, arguing that an erroneous procedure would pose problems for the university in the future.

The rest of the committee members refused to sign, requesting the document be disregarded.

The new minutes were destroyed, but a copy was allegedly emailed to the university senate which on October 8, 2014 promoted lecturers based on the altered document.

 

 

 

 



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