Around the industry: Former Suffolk University employee swindles 'A' grade, thousands of dollars in student loans

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  • Massachusetts: A former Suffolk University employee faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $47,000 in student loans. While working in Suffolk's registrar's office, Ashley Ciampa used her computer access to give herself an 'A' in an ethics course she never attended. She obtained the loans by pretending to be a student, although she would have received free tuition as a university employee. Ciampa used her loan money for vacations and personal expenses (AP/New York Times, 6/21). 
  • Missouri/New York: The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted at its annual conference Saturday to censure the University of Missouri at Columbia (Mizzou) and the College of Saint Rose (Saint Rose). The AAUP censured Mizzou for its handling of the Melissa Click case and said Saint Rose did not properly honor tenure and should have relied more on shared governance for decisions (Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 6/20).
  • Tennessee: University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Tuesday that Chancellor Jimmy Cheek will step down and return to teaching. Cheek says his decision has nothing to do with recent controversies; he simply wants to spend more time with his family. Cheek will continue to serve as chancellor until a successor is chosen (Slaby, Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/21). 

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