Compliance News

Incoming Students Required to Complete Online Training   (Aug 2015)
"Beginning this fall semester, the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with all other USG institutions, is requiring all incoming students to participate in two online educational courses — AlcoholEdu and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault — as part of a comprehensive health program designed to promote the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community."  Read More...
 
Campus is Reminded to Play It Safe   (Aug 2015)
"If a safety situation arises that requires community notification, Georgia Tech provides two types of alerts. The first is the Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) alert, which is issued by the Office of Emergency Preparedness when members of the campus community should take immediate action. These alerts are triggered by situations such as evacuations, severe weather, or other threatening scenarios. The second type is a Clery Act alert. These are email alerts distributed as timely warning of crimes that represent an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees."  Read More...
 
Training Program Supports Minors on Campus   (Jun 2015)
"Tech is supplementing its policy statements with a comprehensive training program to help the campus community understand how to best support and protect the wellbeing of minor guests. 'The Institute has several policies in place to help prevent and report child abuse,' says Mia Reini, director of Enterprise Risk Management. 'In fact, mandatory training and criminal background checks are required for those working one-on-one with minors. Looking forward, the Institute will offer a more consistent and accessible training program to help educate all Georgia Tech employees and volunteers on how to best protect children from abuse – namely sexual abuse.'" Read More...
 
Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Your Data Safe   (Mar 2015)
"A secure site always includes an httpS in the address bar and a reputable site name. Be wary if, for instance, an email from someone who appears to be from Georgia Tech has a 'click here' in the body that reveals the here ashttp://gatechupgrade.dfjsdh422tgs.com. That’s clearly not a sanctioned Georgia Tech site because an authentic Tech site will always contain the ‘.gatech.edu’ in the URL."  Read More...
 
Know the Facts about FERPA   (Mar 2015)
"While the Office of the Registrar is typically the first line of defense for the onslaught of questions from anxious students and parents, anyone on campus can receive an inquiry and should be prepared to answer these tough questions appropriately and in line with Georgia Tech policies. Are you ready?"  Read More...
 
Fraud Proves Costly to Institute in Funding, Reputation   (Feb 2015)
"'Even with all the appropriate controls in place to mitigate risk, if employees don’t take compliance seriously and question suspicious activities, the controls won’t work effectively,' said Phil Hurd, chief audit executive and director of Internal Auditing. 'As a part of the University System of Georgia, we are required by Board of Regents policy to report any and all instances of suspected malfeasance. If you know something, please do something. We want employees to be the first line of defense.'"  Read More...
 
New Regulations Tighten Controls for Federal Awards   (Feb 2015)
"Effective since December 26, 2014, the federal government’s Uniform Requirements law is streamlining guidance and increasing accountability for recipients of federal funding. This federal law affects practically all of Georgia Tech’s $700 million in funded research. 'Prior to this law, we didn’t require bids on anything under $10,000, but that has changed to $3,000,' said Jilda Garton, vice president for research and general manager of Georgia Tech Research Corporation. 'Therefore, a lot more purchases will have to be documented.' Because this change will require many university procurement systems to be updated, this purchasing requirement will not go into effect until July 1, 2016. 'The good news for Georgia Tech is that if you make purchases through Buzzmart there is already a competitive process, so you won’t have to provide additional documentation,' Garton said."  Read More...
 
Adhering to Purchasing Regulations with Procure-to-Pay Systems   (Nov 2014)
"As Georgia Tech employees, we are stewards of state and federal dollars. And while the external state and federal regulations can be confusing to someone who doesn’t make daily purchases, Frans Barends, senior director of Business Services, explains some of the processes in place to ensure that purchase transactions are responsible and compliant."
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