Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech” on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational …Continue reading "FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Pakistani man who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through a Pakistani company and ordered to forfeit $5,303,020 in addition to the prison term, according to a …Continue reading "International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging …Continue reading "University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Informing clients of legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws is necessary for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Employers must learn their legal responsibilities when using background checks for employment purposes. …Continue reading "Client Education Necessary for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A verification of educational credentials and achievements is an important part of the hiring process since it “tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation,” according to a background check expert interviewed for an article posted on the Society for Human Resource Management …Continue reading "Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to …Continue reading "Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A newly hired principal at Pittsburg High School in Kansas resigned from her job after student journalists uncovered some questionable credentials from an alleged “diploma mill” where people could purchase a degree, diploma, or certificates, according to an article in The Kansas City Star.Continue reading "High School Principal Resigns after Student Journalists Question Credentials from Alleged Diploma Mill"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The operators of two online “high schools” have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled tens of thousands of consumers by falsely claiming to be accredited schools while actually being alleged diploma mills that sold worthless fake diplomas, according to a press release …Continue reading "Alleged Diploma Mills Settle FTC Charges of Misleading Consumers with Fake Diplomas"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a criminal Complaint charging an executive of a Pakistani company with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a worldwide diploma mill scheme that collected …Continue reading "DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Department of Education (ED) has upheld the ED staff and the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommendations that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) should no longer be recognized as an agency that can provide schools with an accreditation …Continue reading "Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation"