Kansas City medical school gets new whistle-blower policy

Sunday, February 28, 2010 | 5:05 p.m. CST; updated 5:30 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 28, 2010

KANSAS CITY— An osteopathic medical school in Kansas City has strengthened its whistle-blower policy amid the unexplained departures of several top school officials.

The Kansas City Star reported that the new policy was approved this past week at a special meeting of the board of trustees for the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

The university's longtime president, Karen Pletz, was fired in December. The Star reported that she lost her job after people from within the university brought what were described as "extremely serious" issues to the board's attention.

Several other people, including a senior vice president and Pletz's daughter, were terminated. And the chief financial officer resigned.

An investigation into Pletz's administration is underway.

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