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Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) Ends Investigation In To University Of The South Pacific Allegations

FICAC will retain all the records in safe custody and upon request will deliver the material to the Independent Investigator
05 Jul 2019 16:23
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) Ends Investigation In To University Of The South Pacific Allegations

FICAC in correspondence dated 1st July, 2019 to the Chair of the Council of the USP advised that they have ceased their investigation as the allegations were administrative in nature being purported non-compliance with relevant USP procedures. The unauthorised reference of the allegations by some USP staff to FICAC was premature as internal investigations provided for by USP policies had not taken place. These were the allegations submitted by the Vice-Chancellor and President (VCP) Professor Pal Ahluwalia to the Executive Committee of the Council and which the Committee had asked its Assurance and Compliance Director to investigate and return with a full report, including obtaining the explanations of those being accused.

FICAC has conveyed that it respects the decision by the Council to engage an Independent Investigator to carry out its own investigations into the allegations.  FICAC will retain all the records in safe custody and upon request will deliver the material to the Independent Investigator. Staff and students who have been protesting will be able to make their case to the independent investigators who will be commencing their work next week.

All of us at USP have the urgent task of focusing on our core mission to provide our students with the best service we can provide to fulfil their aspirations for the qualifications they have worked hard to secure. Let us keep that uppermost in our work.

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