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The group that oversees the University of Maryland will get an ethics lesson April 7. But still no word on whether they will investigate the activities of Board of Regents chairman David Nevins.

Nevins held meetings with top lawmakers earlier this month on behalf of the state's largest power company, Constellation Energy Group. This, in spite of a university ethics policy that says: "A member of the Board of Regents shall not, for compensation, assist or represent any party in any matter before the General Assembly."

On Monday, the man charged with looking into any ethics infractions, Regent Michael Gill, said he had no plans to do so because no one had placed a complaint on his desk.

In today's issue of the Diamondback, he says there will be an investigation, and that his initial hesitation was the result of confusion about the 1999 law that forced the university to draft the ethics code. (That came after reports that a previous board chairman was found to be lobbying in Annapolis on behalf of private clients.)

But there still seems to be a sense on the part of top university officials that Nevins's actions were just fine. Chancellor Brit Kirwin is quoted in the Diamondback story as telling lawmakers: "I don't know that anything inappropriate occurred, if it did, I'm sure it was it was a honest mistake."

By  |  February 22, 2006; 10:08 AM ET
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