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Audit: LSU lacks written policies covering $4.9M in administrative allowances

3/23/20
By: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

In a report released today, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found LSU did not have written policies for the use of administrative allowances, which are given as additional salary to employees for extra duties outside the scope of their normal job duties.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, administrative allowances totalled $4.9 million, according to the report.  Additionally, the application of administrative allowances across departments and campuses was inconsistent. 



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University of Texas President Vistasp Karbhari Resigns Amid Reports of a Probe Into an Admissions Scandal

3/22/20
By: India New England News

Hailed as a visionary in many academic journals, Vistasp Karbhari, the Indian-American President of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), has resigned amid reports of a probe into an admissions scandal, a media report said.

The sudden resignation on Friday of Karbhari, a civil engineer who has served as the institute’s president since 2013, came as a surprise to staff and students, said the American Bazaar report on Saturday.



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University of Utah Health says some patients' data compromised in ‘phishing’ security breach

3/21/20
By: KSL.com

Some University of Utah Health patients’ personal medical data, including medical record numbers, dates of birth and limited clinical information, was hacked after employee emails were compromised, the hospital said on Friday night.

Officials said as of Friday, there was no indication patient information had been misused.



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Judge says Syracuse may have ignored its own evidence standard to judge student a rapist

3/20/20
By: The College Fix

Syracuse University plausibly employed a “result-driven” process in a sexual misconduct proceeding to find a male student guilty, a federal judge ruled last month, denying the university’s motion to dismiss the expelled student’s lawsuit.

“John Doe” alleged that Syracuse violated Title IX and the New York constitution’s due process clause, and committed breach of contract, negligence and gross negligence in the Title IX proceeding against him.



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Florida auditor general recommends UWF return $2.4 million in admin fees it claimed without 'legal authority'

3/19/20
By: Pensacola News Journal

A new report from the Florida auditor general says the University of West Florida withdrew nearly $2.4 million from a state program fund "without apparent legal authority" to do so.

UWF manages the Complete Florida Plus Program, a statewide suite of library services, distance learning courses and degree programs meant to help adult learners finish college. UWF is entitled to a flat fee of 5% from the program's budget to cover administrative overhead like salaries, accounting and legal services. 



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Coronavirus phishing scam targets university students, staff

3/18/20
By: edscoop

A new phishing email campaign targeting college students and staff to capture log-in credential and infect computers with malware is taking advantage the coronavirus pandemic to appear more legitimate to its targets.

This campaign is part of a growing trend of hackers exploiting fears about the novel coronavirus, including government-backed hackers using coronavirus-themed messages to spread spyware and deliver malicious files. The San Francisco-based software company Abnormal Security published an advisory on its website last Friday noting that attackers are using the fact that students and staff are “likely highly attuned to any news about a university’s response to the outbreak, and thus are more likely to engage with an email about it.”



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Audit finds troubling errors in UC admissions, in wake of Varsity Blues scandal

3/18/20
By: San Francisco Chronicle

At the University of California, one campus admitted an applicant to a coveted slot for top athletes who then never appeared on the team roster after enrolling. Another campus accepted a homespun computer printout as proof of an applicant’s equestrian talents. A third inexplicably let an applicant use his musical track record as proof that he’d won a science award.



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University of Maryland Medical System paid $115M to companies tied to 27 board members, state review reveals

3/13/20
By: The Baltimore Sun

A new review of the University of Maryland Medical System’s finances uncovered more financial dealings between board members and their organizations than previously known ― revealing nearly $115 million in payments to more than two dozen board members and their related businesses in recent years.

The state’s Office of Legislative Audits, which conducted the probe after a corruption scandal rocked the hospital network in 2019, sent the findings of the 100-page review Friday to key lawmakers in Annapolis. The auditors did not identify board members by name ― and said they could not definitively determine any transactions were “improper” ― but did include a detailed list of payments made to board members they called “vendors.”



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Audit: Texas Southern gave scholarships to academically weak students 

3/12/20
By: The Texas Monitor

An internal auditor found that Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall Law School handed out more than $400,000 in scholarships to poorly performing students to boost enrollment and enrich a school official, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Auditor Charla Parker-Thompson found that the admissions scandal that resulted in the ouster of former president Austin Lane was more widespread than realized. The newspaper reported that the FBI, the Texas Rangers and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office have been contacted about criminal behavior that investigators uncovered. TSU has also alerted the U.S. Department of Education, the state auditor’s office and university accrediting organizations.



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Probe: Ex-Texas Southern University leader knew about fraud

3/12/20
By: WTOP News

An ousted head of Texas Southern University knew about the university giving low-performing students more than $400,000 in scholarships in a ploy to increase enrollment, according to an internal audit report.

Charla Parker-Thompson, TSU’s chief internal auditor, released information about corruption in the school’s admission process after former TSU President Austin Lane reached a buyout agreement with the university’s board of regents. The 17-page report was dated for Wednesday.



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