A weirdly vague, inconclusive report from the University of Virginia about the Virginia Quarterly Review.

The new world of online cruelty.
Oct. 21 2010 6:35 PM

Nothing To See Here

A weirdly vague, inconclusive report from the University of Virginia about the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Read the rest of Emily Bazelon's  series on cyberbullying

(Continued from Page 1)

This suggests some of the press accounts about the conflict at VQR relied on wrong information. But which ones? Is it the accusations of bullying that weren't accurate, or something else? The report says only that the university can't "clarify some of the misunderstandings and assumptions." When I asked UVA spokeswoman Carol Wood about this, she said she couldn't respond except to say "I think the report is clear on areas of concern regarding management of employees."

Except, perhaps, for one new detail that reads as embarrassing for Genoways. The audit report talks about "a possible unapproved subvention involving a $2,000 payment by VQR to a publisher to subsidize printing costs for the Editor's poetry." This involves a payment to the University of Georgia Press for a book of Genoways' poetry called Anna, Washing. The press decided to publish the book after it went through anonymous peer review, according to a former editor there. But because poetry books like this one aren't expected to sell enough copies to break even, they're often published with a payment from the author, called a subvention.


Genoways says that he intended for the subvention to be paid out of an account, established by the UVA president's office at his hiring, to cover costs associated with his research and creative work. He says he showed the university auditor an e-mail chain to establish this. It includes e-mails from Morrissey about the payment, because he was in charge of VQR's finances. In an e-mail dated last March, Morrissey says to Genoways that when the invoice for Anna, Washing and another publication arrived, "you directed me to have UGA Press split the invoices because 'Anna, Washing' was going to be paid out of another (non-VQR) account." Morrissey also sent an e-mail to the press saying that the payment for Genoways' book would come from a University of Virginia account, not VQR.

But in the end, the subvention for Genoways' book was paid out of a VQR account. "I don't know why," Genoways says. It's another question the university has left dangling.

Carol Wood says that "important changes will be made to daily operations and management responsibilities of VQR." Also that the magazine will keep publishing. For now, Genoways, Minturn, and McMillen are all still on staff. (The other two members of VQR's staff of six have left.) Given all the acrimony and recriminations, it's not clear how they're supposed to be colleagues again—McMillen has said that she and Minturn don't want to work with Genoways. And given the vagueness of the audit report, it looks like we'll never have a definitive account of the events leading up to Morrissey's death.

Like  Slate and Bull-E on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps

Florida State’s New President Is Underqualified and Mistrusted. He Just Might Save the University.

  News & Politics
Sept. 30 2014 9:33 PM Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 11:51 PM Should You Freeze Your Eggs? An egg freezing party is not a great place to find answers to this or other questions.
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.