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Time, for now, to put chief's degree in the past

A new report does not end questions about why rules were bent by Virginia Commonwealth University to award a college degree to Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe. It does make it clear an investigation by the school placed the blame on itself.

The questions that remain may or may not answered. Unless other information comes to light, it's time for Charlotte to put the matter of Mr. Monroe's degree in the past and move on.

When Mr. Monroe arrived in Charlotte in June, questions about his degree from VCU arrived with him. A college degree is a requirement for the job, and he was awarded a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies. That happened despite the fact he took only two classes at the school, far fewer than a transfer student needs to obtain a VCU degree. He had earned more than 100 credit hours from other institutions.

Mr. Monroe has said he believes he earned the degree, did what the school told him to do and sought no preferential treatment.

The school's investigation backs up his side of the story. Investigators did not spell out why the school improperly awarded Mr. Monroe's degree. It does state there's no evidence Mr. Monroe did anything wrong and places blame instead on a small group of faculty and administrators who pushed through the degree. The university has also declined to revoke Mr. Monroe's credentials.

It would be better for all concerned if more details about what happened were known. Two deans and a high-level administrator have either resigned or been demoted. Other administrators have been disciplined. Obviously, mistakes were made.

Yet, says the evidence, not by Rodney Monroe. For now, it's best to move on.

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