TRENTON - An administrator at Rutgers University's Camden campus e-mailed all 440 faculty members asking for information about embattled Sen. Wayne Bryant, which the school said it planned to share with the FBI.
The e-mail from an associate provost this week asks faculty to recount any dealings with the veteran Democratic state senator between 2002 and 2006, years he was paid up to $35,000 a year as a guest lecturer at the school.
"Were you ever made aware that New Jersey Sen. Wayne Bryant was available to guest lecture in your class?" one of the questions asks.
"What services, including but not limited to guest lectures, did Sen. Bryant perform for you between 2002 and 2006? Please include specific dates, times and services performed."
Bryant, 59, once the head of the powerful Senate budget committee, has been under federal investigation for more than a year. The probe is said to be based on a federal monitor's finding that Bryant held a no-show job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, to which he helped steer $12.5 million in state grants.
The Newark Star-Ledger reported this week that Bryant had lectured in just two of the 20 classes that the school proposed he teach while he was on staff, and that he made little effort to fulfill his contract with the school.
The faculty's responses to the e-mail, which does not mention the FBI, will be shared with federal agents investigating Bryant, Rutgers spokesman Greg Trevor confirmed.
"The university's position all along has been to be fully cooperative with this investigation," Trevor said. "The FBI asked the university to do this so their investigation can be as thorough as possible."
Bryant was hired by Rutgers in the fall of 2002 as a "distinguished adjunct professor of law and public affairs," said Rutgers-Camden spokesman Michael Sepanic. Earlier that year, he helped pass legislation providing funds for an $11 million expansion of the Camden campus.
He was to assist the law school in recruiting promising minority students and was to guest lecture in law, political science and public administration.
He also was to serve as a mentor to students in those disciplines, and supervise internships in his legislative office. During the spring '05 semester, three master's-degree students interned under Bryant, Sepanic said.
The senator's employment with the school ended in 2005 when the position was eliminated.
Bryant's lawyer, Carl Poplar, did not return a phone call yesterday.