U Of Central Arkansas Makes Policy Changes After Audit

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No employees have been reprimanded or terminated since a University of Central Arkansas’s internal audit this week revealed that top officials at the university failed to properly document decisions to grant more money and renew a scholarship to then student Cameron Stark and did not question former Chief of Staff Jack Gillean about his “misplaced” master key, which police say Stark later used to steal exams from UCA buildings.

President Tom Courtway said during the Audit Committee on Friday that UCA has a process now for documenting a “found” key. He also said he plans to develop and present a fraud policy to UCA trustees in February and has a contract for a third-party-run tip hotline that will allow faculty and staff to report abuse starting in January.

The policy and hotline were recommended by auditors in the Security Breach Report.

The hotline, through Lighthouse Services, Inc., will cost UCA $1,120. Officials plan to market the hotline, including adding an online “button” that employees can use to leave tips. The police’s current tip line will be merged into the third-party hotline, Police Chief Larry James said.

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