Those employees were charged in connection with a secret bank account. The probe was launched over the summer after the fund’s existence was revealed in a local news report. It came on the heels of separation agreements for two former administrators. The university has issued public statements about recent events, but some in the community question whether the school is being open enough with the public.
Northern Illinois University has placed eight employees facing charges as a result of the 'coffee fund' investigation on administrative leave. NIU said the action came "after a thorough review of state civil service statutes and regulations as well as university employment policies and practices." The employees will continue to draw their regular salary while investigations into the fund by the NIU Police Department and the DeKalb County State's Attorney continue.