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Protecting Students and Faculty from University Phishing Attacks

4/23/20
By: NETWORK SECURITY, NEWS

Every day, hackers scam students and administrators into giving up their private credentials, revealing sensitive information that can lead to violations under FERPA, or provide access to sensitive internal university systems in university phishing attacks.

But phishing is more than an annoyance — it’s causing significant financial losses and privacy violations at college campuses around the country.



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UPDATED 4/15/20: GASB Votes to Postpone Standard/Guide Effective Dates

4/15/20
By: James Moore

UPDATE: On April 14, GASB voted to delay implementation of certain standards described in this article, as well as postpone timelines for other projects. The specifics are still being discussed; we will report this information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can watch the video of this meeting

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Rice pays $3.7M in science foundation fraud case

4/15/20
By: CAMPUS CHRONICLES

Rice University has paid the U.S. government more than $3.7 million to resolve claims that for nearly 12 years it improperly used National Science Foundation research and development awards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Audit shows School of Dentistry’s debt problem caused by ‘both poor decision-making and challenges beyond its control’

4/9/20
By: The Daily of the University of Washington

The School of Dentistry’s reported $40 million in debt that was accumulated over the last decade was amassed due to a combination of challenges beyond their control and poor decision-making according to a report from the state auditor’s office.

The Daily reported in December 2018 that the School of Dentistry had accumulated millions in debt due to a pattern of reckless spending and poor policies. The school’s debt was first made public in 2017 “as it rose to $35 million in March 2017.”



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Colleges Continue to Churn Through Refund Plans

4/6/20
By: Inside Higher Ed

It’s been nearly a month since colleges began to close their residence halls in response to the new coronavirus outbreak, but many are still figuring out exactly how to address room and board refunds.

Some colleges, such as Smith College, Harvard University and Amherst College, announced almost immediately that students would receive prorated room and board refunds. Many others have come up with partial refund plans in the following weeks, which have been met with praise by some students and with lawsuits and petitions by others.



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HBCU president fired over alleged fraud, misuse of charity funds walks away with nearly $1 million

4/2/20
By: Campus Reform

Texas Southern University announced the firing of President Austin Lane in February, officially removing him from office shortly thereafter.

TSU, one of the nation’s most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities, announced the decision after allegations of fraud and misuse surfaced against Lane.

In a statement from TSU’s board of regents, Lane was accused of attempting to instruct another former employee to misrepresent information for accreditation purposes. 



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State audit finds deficiencies at Mount Wachusett Community College

4/2/20
By: The Gardner News

Officials at Mount Wachusett Community College say they have already taken appropriate action prior to the release of a state audit that found deficiencies with some of the school’s background check protocols and financial activities.

In a report released on Tuesday, March 31, State Auditor Suzanne Bump said that MWCC could not demonstrate that all students in its early childhood education program had passed required Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks before beginning their teaching practicums with students.



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Ex-USC official to plead guilty in college admissions fraud case, prosecutors say

4/1/20
By: Los Angeles Daily News

A former USC admissions official accused of accepting thousands of dollars in payments to ensure graduate-school admission for unqualified international students has agreed to plead guilty to a federal wire fraud charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Hiu Kit David Chong admitted in his plea agreement that he falsified applicants’ admission packets with doctored college transcripts, phony letters of recommendation and fraudulent personal statements, according to federal prosecutors.



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Case in Point: Lessons for the proactive manager

3/31/20
By: Auburn University Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy

As someone who has spent their career assisting in risk related activities in the higher education environment, I can recall several times where the topic of pandemics would show up on some risk assessment or heat map. Honestly, to me it was one of those risks that while certainly possible, I never really expected to experience. Then came COVID-19.

This publication has become widely distributed across higher education not only within the United States but also at many international institutions. As a result, I attempt to write for a wide audience. However, I feel compelled to briefly give kudos to Auburn University President Jay Gouge and his leadership in preparing our institution for this event.



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Chancellor of City College of San Francisco resigns amid continuing budget woes

3/30/20
By: American College & University

City College of San Francisco Chancellor Mark Rocha has resigned days after being placed on paid administrative leave amid the college's years-long budget crisis.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rocha's resignation comes after Board of Trustees officials said last week that the reason for his administrative leave was a confidential personnel matter.

The college has been in a deficit for years, and Rocha's decision to cut hundreds of classes and his attempt to double executive salaries garnered dissatisfaction from the college community. His plan for the administrative pay increase was ultimately rejected, and he and the Board of Trustees instead voted to raise most administrators' pay by 10% during the budget crisis.



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