Professors at the Maricopa County Community College District have agreed to answer questionnaires on enrollment fraud and cash handling, ending a weeklong holdout as they negotiated changes to the disclosures.
The Faculty Association, which represents full-time professors at the colleges, pushed district officials to clarify some questions and condense three different questionnaires into one.
Professors had also argued that the disclosures were unnecessary, as they already know the rules.
Friday is the deadline for instructors to finish the questionnaires. Employees who refuse to file the disclosures violate district policy and could be fired.
The disclosures are part of major reforms the MCCCD governing board approved in February in response to news reports that detailed misconduct throughout the district.
Reyes Medrano, the association’s president, said professors support tougher rules against fraud. However, they oppose some of the questions.
In a note to the association’s members on Wednesday, Reyes said district officials would edit some the disclosures. He urged professors to answer the questionnaires.
Chancellor Rufus Glapser removed a pair of questions that asked professors if they know of any enrollment irregularities that they had not previously disclosed. Those questions came after a number of others asked specifically about manipulation of class rosters.
“It suggests that you know of something, but you’re not disclosing it. That’s why he agreed to take both of those off,” said Chris Chesrown, a Maricopa spokeswoman.
And by next semester, the association hopes MCCCD will have one questionnaire for professors, Medrano said.
The district would not agree to such a change now because it “feared that scrapping the existing documents and starting over would not be time or cost effective,” Medrano’s note said.
MCCCD officials will continue talks with the association about altering the disclosures, but has not committed to additional changes, Chesrown said.
“There have been no promises made of any further changes to the forms,” she said.