UF lawyers to review prof's purchase of TutoringZone

Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.

A University of Florida professor's purchase of TutoringZone will be referred to the UF general counsel's office after his disclosure and approval came after the purchase, according to his dean.

John Kraft, dean of the UF Warrington College of Business Administration, said finance professor Chris James did not have prior approval to buy the business.

Faculty are required to disclose all outside work and financial interests to their department chairs and deans for prior approval.

James registered his purchase of TutoringZone's assets June 11 and filed to create Tutoring Zone II LLC on July 3. He and a chairman, but not the dean, signed his disclosure form Sept. 10.

Kraft speculated that the timing of the disclosure could have been due to reminders sent to faculty in August or to a public records request.

The Gainesville Sun requested James' disclosures on Sept. 7.

James wrote in an email to The Sun that he created Tutoring Zone II in July but it did not begin operating until the first of September.

"Consistent with the notification requirements, my activities report was submitted in the summer and approved in early September," he wrote.

Kraft said any action will be based on the general counsel's office's review.

TutoringZone offers college course review sessions. It does not review any of James' classes.

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