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.
Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.
NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However, the university says it is looking into whether this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.