Huh? Every university in the country takes back-door donations, has a legacy policy, has a jock policy. That’s not going to change in any way. It’s sleazy, but it’s the way things are, and it’s not illegal. It’s annoying for people to be saying this Side Door activity is just like Back Door activity. No. No, it’s not.
Very simple. They stop donating. Donating as an alumnus isn’t a “one time” thing. It’s ongoing. It’s class dues. It’s special donations for new capital projects or endowments. It’s bequests in the wills of alumni/ae.
I hazard to guess, those who were better credentialed (yet pushed aside because they weren’t rich) would not agree with that. Also, legal (for now) or not, those payoffs are essentially bribes if it gets uncredentialled, but rich, boneheads in while pushing aside those who are more worthy; that type of behavior is at the heart of this scandal. I don’t see an “every university” argument as supportable. If it was, then should we consider side-door donations okay if “every university” did it?
I am talking about sleazy, Back Door donations – these are the type that are not at issue in the current scandal.
To complicate matters (and our ability to properly channel outrage) even more, I think there’s the suggestion that some of these Side Door donations were quid-pro-quo Back Door donations. That is, the money went to the college’s sports department as a donation and not to the coach. So the coach was corrupt, but not as corrupt as he’d be if he put the money in his own pocket.