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State audit raps UB for almost $900,000 in questionable transactions

10/11/19
By: The Buffalo News

A state audit of the University at Buffalo's procurement practices identified nearly $900,000 in questionable transactions, including poor monitoring of its spending and lost opportunities to save money on products and services.



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How To Be Better Prepared for Higher Ed Data Breaches

10/10/19
By: My Tech Decisions

Higher Ed data breaches have been happening for a long time, but recently, it seems to be happening more often. One of the most recent university data breaches hit Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), exposing up to 1.3 million individuals’ data.

According to the Georgia Tech News Center, the April 2019 breach exposed information like students’ names, dates of birth, and email addresses. However, these were not just current records. The hackers stole many years’ worth of data.



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College professor spends nearly $190K in federal grants on strip clubs, sports bars

10/8/19
By: USA Today

A former university professor in Philadelphia spent tens of thousands of dollars in federal money for local strip clubs and sports bars over a 10-year period, the Justice Department says.



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Outrage in Mississippi

10/7/19
By: Inside Higher ED

The appointment of the University of Mississippi's new chancellor was met with protests by students and faculty members.

The Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees appointed Glenn Boyce as chancellor. Boyce had been tasked with consulting on the search committee for the new chancellor and was never formally submitted as a candidate.



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In Case You Missed It: National Student Clearinghouse Playbooks

10/4/19
By: EDUCAUSE

Free IT incident response playbooks on distributed denial of service and ransomware are available from the National Student Clearinghouse. 
 

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Charges: Penn State Harrisburg employee spent $10,000 in university money on personal items

10/2/19
By: Press & Journal

A Dover woman and former Penn State University administrative support assistant faces charges after she allegedly used a university purchasing card to make personal purchases totaling nearly $10,000.

Lori Beth Hook, 42, has been charged with access device fraud, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking and two counts of forgery.



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Case in Point: Lessons for the proactive manager

9/30/19
By: Auburn University Office if Audit, Compliance & Privacy

Each month in Case in Point, you see the wide variety of risks that we face each day in higher education. The unique risk profile of our industry makes it very important that we have strong collaboration throughout the institution that focuses on proactive risk management. We routinely communicate with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), which provides leadership in the technology area, and in particular, we collaborate with the information security group. Since the month of October brings a heightened focus on cybersecurity issues, I have asked AU's Chief Information Security Officer, Bill Miaoulis, to share his thoughts on this important topic.



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Title IX Lawsuit Could Reshape Sexual Assault Investigations

9/30/19
By: Boston College- The Heights

A recent lawsuit alleging that Boston College violated a student’s fair process rights could force colleges and universities across New England to reevaluate how they investigate accusations of sexual assault.

In late August, federal Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ordered the University to allow a student-athlete—identified as “John Doe” in court documents—to enroll in courses this semester after finding that the University’s investigative model violated the principle of fundamental fairness. BC suspended Doe on June 18 after finding him responsible for sexual assault in violation of the University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.



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950 patient emails exposed in UIHC security breach

9/27/19
By: Fox 28

Information about a security breach for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics patients is coming to light.

According to UIHC, a breach happened on April 24, 2019 after an email associated with a research project was sent out.



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Exclusive: NY slams Upstate Medical’s no-work jobs after syracuse.com investigation

9/26/19
By: Health News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – SUNY Upstate Medical University cannot justify millions of dollars it spends on salaries for employees, some of whom get paid for “busy work” or questionable assignments, according to the state Comptroller’s Office.



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