Meldrum claimed money was shifted into and out of accounts in a way that was “dishonest and tantamount to embezzlement.” In a July 2013 email to Pamela Mulhearn, then director of Biodesign Institute research operations, she alleged that her research work had been shorted $840,000 as a result of a “shell game.”
Meldrum says she was unable to get the transaction records, or to get administrators to investigate. Instead, she was reprimanded by Phillips, who alleged that the “tone” of Meldrum’s email to Mulhearn violated ASU’s ethics code.
Questioning finances at ASU violates ASU’s code of ethics? Here’s a little “tone” for you: Michael Crow should worry a little less about real estate development and a little more about higher education.