Towson University took bad checks, audit finds

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A legislative audit released Wednesday found that Towson University was slow to act when students repeatedly wrote bad tuition checks and that a $4.3 million agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation circumvented Maryland procurement rules.

The audit states that 78 students submitted two or more bad tuition checks worth $650,000 over two or more semesters. If the university had placed the proper holds on their accounts, the repeat offenses couldn't have occurred. The school promised to take "timely and appropriate action against students who are in arrears."

The audit covers the period between Feb. 9, 2009, and Dec. 11, 2011.

The report says of the agreement between Towson and MDOT that "in many cases, the state agency identified the individuals to be hired by TU, and TU performed no oversight or monitoring of the activities performed by these individuals."

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