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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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Former West Virginia University professor admits to fraud

3/11/20
By: Charleston Gazette-Mail

James Patrick Lewis, 54, of Fairview pleaded guilty in federal court to convincing WVU to give him a leave from his job in order conduct work in China for a competing institution that he did not divulge to the university, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Lewis entered into an employment contract with China in July 2017 through a recruitment program for scientific talent. Prosecutors said these programs seek to reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.



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UF violated state law, collected more than $5 million, audit finds

3/9/20
By: The Independent Florida Alligator

A new state audit called out UF’s practice overcharging students to apply to the university and attend freshman orientation. 

In response to the violation of state law, UF reduced its fees, but it’s still unclear if students will be refunded. 

In addition to student fees, the audit found three other instances where UF violated state guidelines by exceeding severance payments, failing to cancel former faculty’s purchase cards in a timely manner and lacking a disaster recovery plan for UF Information Technology in case of a hardware or system failure.



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Stanford Cancels Classes as Faculty Member Tests Positive for Coronavirus

3/9/20
By: NBC Bay Area

Stanford University officials have announced that a faculty member who works in a clinic has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a statement released by the university, school officials said that the faculty member has not been in the work environment since experiencing symptoms.

The University has notified people who might have been exposed and requested that they self-isolate.



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Rice University canceling in-person classes after employee tested positive for novel coronavirus

3/8/20
By: The Texas Tribune

Rice University canceled all in-person classes and undergraduate labs this week in an attempt to avoid spread of the new coronavirus after an employee tested positive, university officials announced Sunday.

The employee was infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while on a cruise ship that traveled the Nile River in Egypt last month.



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UW, Seattle University classes moving online starting Monday

3/6/20
By: Q13 Fox All Local

Starting Monday (March 9), classes at the University of Washington will be taught remotely through the end of the quarter that ends March 20.

According to the school's website, one member of the UW community – a staff member who works in Roosevelt Commons East, an off-campus building west of the Seattle campus – has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.



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Audit: UI psychiatrist didn't report side business

3/4/20
By: The Gazette

A recently retired University of Iowa Health Care psychiatrist and part-owner of a private psychotherapy institute for years didn’t disclose the conflict and failed to properly report at least 1,024 hours of leave he took for reasons outside his UI obligations, a state audit requested by the university found.

Scott Stuart, a professor in the UI Department of Psychiatry, told his supervisor Aug. 30 that after 28 years he was retiring and that his last day would be Aug. 31. The notice came more than a year after UI officials flagged concerns with how he was spending his time, prompting auditors to investigate.



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UMN misallocated millions in grants, according to state report

3/4/20
By: Minnesota Daily



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