Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Audit reveals security, financial accounting faults at BSU

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Bowie State University did not have proper security controls in place from January 2004 to April 2007, leaving students’ and employees’ personal and financial information unsecured, according to a recently concluded audit.

Other significant findings by the state Department of Legislative Services include a balance of $1.3 million in uncollected payments from students, a lack of adequate computer system back-up procedures or a disaster recovery plan, a lack of investigation into $1.9 million worth of equipment that went missing in 2006, and a lack of adequate documentation over corporate purchasing.

The audit also noted that students with outstanding balances were permitted to register for and attend classes at BSU, a violation of policy issued by the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents.

The breadth of the state audit spans two BSU presidents. Former president Calvin Lowe served for six years and left in June 2006 when President Mickey Burim took the reins.

BSU spokeswoman Rochelle Daniel had not seen the audit and was unable to comment by press time Tuesday.

Approximately 5,000 students attend BSU, which had revenues of $74.6 million in 2006.

E-mail Andrea Noble at anoble@gazette.net.