The University of Utah's current administration cannot be blamed for a rogue employee and poor management at a U. fertility clinic two decades ago, but the administration's underwhelming response is not something that can be pinned on the past.
The case of the late Thomas Lippert, a convicted felon who worked at the U.'s Millcreek Community Laboratory from 1988 to 1993 apparently without a background check, has exposed not just Lippert, whose sperm may have been used to fertilize patients who thought the real donors were other men. It's also exposed some remarkably poor record keeping and management practices that raise questions about the treatment received by hundreds of infertile couples.
The university pledged to investigate when the Lippert case became public in January, but the U.'s internal investigation report released this week does not offer reassurances that the university has the answers it needs.