BRAZIL: Rector withdraws over fund scandal

A Brazilian university rector was forced to withdraw earlier this month following student protests against his alleged involvement in a fund abuse scandal, reports China View. Timothy Mulholland, of the University of Brasilia, or UnB, said in a statement that he would leave his position for 60 days to safeguard efficiency, transparency and legality during an investigation into the incident.

According to the Public Prosecution Office, US$280,000 of a fund earmarked for the development of state-owned UnB was spent on decorating the rector’s apartment. Mulholland said the purchases were “an institutional decision”.

A group of 338 teachers, including Vice-Rector Edgar Mamiya and five deans, approved the temporary withdrawal of the rector. Students had been occupying the university's headquarters building for almost a week, despite a local court ruling that ordered the end of the demonstration.
Full report on the China View site