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.
I recall sitting in the President's cabinet meeting in January 2020, and Dr. Gogue mentioning the COVID-19 issues occurring in China. He went on to ask the AU Cabinet to being working on an operational plan should we have to carry out our mission remotely for 30 days. Little did I know in January how prophetic this instruction would become over the next two months. We have been very blessed at AU with visionary leaders throughout the executive leadership team here at AU. I hope your experiences at your institutions have been similar.
So what does one write about in the midst of a global pandemic? Honestly, I have no clue, but I thought I would share five things that came to mind.
One thing that has occurred during the pandemic is an increase in phishing emails and attempts to comprise systems, not only in higher education, but also in virtually all industries. Jim O'Conner, VP for Information Technology at AU, and his team wrote some excellent suggestions for AU employees regarding phishing. These are presented with his permission with some with slight modification so they relate to any institution or organization.
I hope that a few of the items in this month's column are of some use to you. Even more so, I hope that when you hear from us next month our world will be returning to normalcy. In the meantime, please look at the issues occurring across higher education with a view toward proactive management. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
|‘Zoombombing’ disrupts online classes at University of Southern California||03/25/2020|
|Privacy and the Online Pivot||03/25/2020|
|University of Utah Health says some patients' data compromised in ‘phishing’ security breach||03/21/2020|
|College of DuPage data security breach could affect 1,700 current, former employees||03/17/2020|
|WSU student, faculty, staff information potentially compromised in December data breach||03/06/2020|
|Computer systems at UK and UK HealthCare hobbled by massive, month-long cyber attack||03/08/2020|
|SFU hit by ransomware attack, resulting in data breach||03/02/2020|
|UW Medicine patients fearful after health information leaked||02/19/2020|
|100K IU Student GPAs Accidentally Made Available To All Students, Staff||02/06/2020|
|Phishing scam targets STLCC; private information exposed||02/04/2020|
|Minnesota lawmaker's new college job sparks conflict-of-interest questions||04/03/2020|
|Ex-USC admissions official to plead guilty to running scam to admit unqualified Chinese students||04/01/2020|
|UTA president steps down after details of investigation into questionable dealings with a university vendor released||03/19/2020|
|Why an acclaimed Georgia Tech professor is barred from her COVID-19 research||03/19/2020|
|Former West Virginia University professor pleads guilty to fraud charge involving WVU||03/10/2020|
|Man accused of stealing more than $12k in equipment from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics||03/06/2020|
|40 University of Alberta computing science students caught cheating||03/04/2020|
|UT researcher arrested on federal charges for wire fraud, making false statements||02/27/2020|
|Grand theft poultry||02/24/2020|
|MSU Museum director suspended following plagiarism, research misconduct probe||02/24/2020|
|Michigan State coach Tom Izzo 'sought out' witness in 2017 criminal investigation of player||04/02/2020|
|University of Rochester and plaintiffs settle sexual harassment lawsuit for $9.4 million||03/27/2020|
|U.S. Office for Civil Rights finds Penn State failed to protect students and address their sexual abuse complaints||03/26/2020|
|Sexual-Assault Investigations May Be Delayed as Coronavirus Disrupts Colleges||03/23/2020|
|Wilmington community college employee arrested on felony child sex charges||03/18/2020|
|Judge recommends revoking license of UCLA doctor accused of sexually assaulting colleagues||03/12/2020|
|Woman sues SU after tripping on Schine sidewalk||03/11/2020|
|Ex-Michigan State football staffer files lawsuit alleging discrimination, Spartans filmed opponent||03/10/2020|
|UF violated state law, collected more than $5 million, audit finds||03/09/2020|
|Siena basketball program punished for violations under Patsos||03/09/2020|
|Nebraska expels two former Cornhuskers after violations of the school's sexual misconduct policy||04/07/2020|
|Amherst College suspends men’s lacrosse team, terminates coach in connection with racial incident||03/20/2020|
|Longtime UW professor dies from COVID-19||03/19/2020|
|Georgia teen charged in rash of University of South Carolina campus fires||03/18/2020|
|1 killed in early-morning shooting at Stillman College||03/09/2020|
|First U.S. Colleges Close Classrooms as Virus Spreads. More Could Follow.||03/09/2020|
|Man charged with making threats through university incident reporting system||03/05/2020|
|Fresno State places fraternity on suspension amid sexual assault allegation||03/05/2020|
|Coronavirus themed party at University at Albany sparks outrage, calls for investigation||03/04/2020|
|Alleged thief accused of targeting students and staff at Pittsburgh-area universities||03/02/2020|
Last Updated: January 22, 2020