By Allen Ezell, retired FBI Agent. Dishonest acts by persons in positions of trust in academia are few and far between, but when they do occur, they send shock waves throughout the profession. Disclosure of internal fraud at an institution affects the good name of that institution, and it will take many, many years to regain the public’s trust. So what can you do to protect your admissions office from fraud?
Fraud, regrettably, can come from within your admissions office. Some examples of inside fraud include an incident at Touro College, New York City where several office officials accepted bribes from students to alter grades, and sold university diplomas and records to non-students. This fraud was reported, investigated, and involved students and outside ‘buyers’, with several degrees being rescinded, and several employees being arrested and convicted.
Another incident occurred at Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. For eight years, an admissions officer was paid by students to change 541 grades, and alter their records. Best estimates are that over 2500 individual grades were affected. Degrees to 10 persons were revoked, 27 more lost credits, and institution employees were arrested. Read more...