It's very touching that her colleagues & the students she worked with are saddened by the sudden resignation of Marilee Jones, the dean of Admissions at MIT & I suppose it means I'm a crass bastard who fails to see the larger tragedy, but the first thing I thought of when I read this was Ms. Jones' TIAA-Cref retirement account. Most universities make a substantial contribution to the retirement accounts of their professional staff, so will MIT ask Jones to pay back 28 years' worth of its contributions? After all, they were made on the basis of a fraudulent contract. And what about the investment profits? Aren't profits earned through fraudulent contracts subject to some sort of seizure? I suspect this is not a criminal matter, but what is the civil law? I honestly don't know. On the broader philosophical level & speaking as someone who believes in redemption & forgiveness (I can't help it, I was raised Christian), I'm not feeling much sympathy for Jones. She didn't need the fake credentials to get her first job at MIT, for one thing. As she moved up the career ladder, however, those fake credentials did, no doubt, become part of her "qualifications" for jobs that did require certain academic benchmarks. Yet she continued to use the faked degrees. In an academic community, for better or worse, such things matter. I don't think Ms. Jones should be ruined & I admit I can't decide who has been harmed; furthermore, I admit it is probably overly idealistic to believe in fairy tales like the fiction of the Academic Community, but this fraud leaves a very bitter taste on the tongue.