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Monroe mum on what to do about degree

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe still isn't saying how he plans to resolve controversy over his tainted degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Four weeks ago, Monroe had a press conference to say he wanted to end the controversy surrounding his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. At the time, Monroe said giving back the degree and going back to school were two options. "I will accept responsibility for moving us forward by exploring various options for removing elements of this back-and-forth debate," Monroe said at the Oct. 27 press conference. But he still isn't saying what he plans to do. Officials in his office wouldn't talk, and said questions about his degree should be e-mailed directly to Monroe. Chief Monroe has not responded to e-mails that WFAE sent to him. In 2007, VCU awarded Monroe a degree in interdisciplinary studies even though he completed only six of 30 credit hours required of him as a transfer student. At the time, Monroe was chief of the Richmond (Virginia) Police Department. Last week, VCU board members approved a policy that makes it easier to revoke degrees like the one wrongly awarded to Monroe. There have been calls for VCU to strip Monroe of his degree, but school officials said they couldn't because its policy only allowed the revocation of degrees in cases of academic misconduct.