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Department of Education Increases Clery Fines

The maximum fine for any violation of the Jeanne Clery Act has increased from $35,000 to $54,789. The new fines posted by the U.S. Department of Education in the Federal Register are effective for civil penalties imposed on or after August 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. The costs for non-compliance just got higher. In recent …

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3 Traits of a Successful Clery Compliance Coordinator

Campus Safety Magazine published “3 Traits of a Successful Clery Compliance Coordinator”, an article that highlights some of the challenges and nuances facing institutions and Clery Coordinators trying to comply with its requirements. It also drives home that elevating compliance from a departmental/individual response to a coordinated institutional response will drive success. In the business world, this seems like such …

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Can you consider arrest records?

Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an excellent resource. Much of the information in this section comes from that source. The report provided by your background screening …

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What is “Ban the Box” and what does it mean to you?

Here in North Carolina, legislators recently proposed new legislation prohibiting state government from asking about a candidate’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made (HB 233, HB238, and SB174). “Ban the Box” is already law in other cities, counties, and states, and it is an idea that is gaining in popularity and support. The idea …

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Prevention or Mitigation: Which do you prefer?

The first role of any organization’s leadership is the protection of the organization. How leaders accomplish this and the traits that make great leaders successful is better left to industry experts and leadership coaches. In higher education, reputation is an institution’s greatest asset. Reputation attracts the talent (students, faculty/staff, business collaboration, and academic and non-academic recruitment) and resources (research, innovation, …

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Dept. of Ed Levies $2.4M Fine Against Penn State Over Sandusky Case

It appears that the Department of Education (ED) is prepared to assess Penn State the largest penalty under the Clery Act to date. Read the entire article here. Not only is the fine larger than other fines we have seen assessed, it is exponentially larger. What does this mean for the many other institutions that are currently under investigation or …

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Protus3 Attends Employment Law Symposium

On November 4, 2016, Ward and Smith, P.A. held an Employment Law Symposium at the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, NC. Protus3’s Christine Peterson attended the program as the President of a privately held security consulting, system design, and investigative company that provides background screening services nationally. Topics and speakers included: Emerging Trends and Hot Topics in Employment Law …

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What can we learn from Baylor University?

The Dallas Morning News recently published an article entitled “Sex assault reports at Baylor nearly quadrupled in 2015, report says”. Read the full article here. What can we learn from Baylor University? If campus leaders do not set the example and provide the necessary resources, it is nearly impossible to engage the population in a comprehensive and effective manner. A …

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Is Your Customer Data Your Greatest Asset or Your Greatest Liability (or Both)?

This article was originally published by Matthew A. Cordell at Ward and Smith, P.A. Customer data can be a treasure trove for an organization. Many businesses believe customer and prospect data to be their most valuable asset. Unfortunately, some have discovered that, unless handled with care, it can also be their greatest liability. Organizations of all kinds collect, store, analyze, …

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Protus3 Attends 2016 NCACLEA Summer Conference

Protus3 is a long-term supporter of the NC Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (NCACLEA). This year’s 2016 NCACLEA Summer Conference was hosted by UNC Asheville Police Department on May 17-19, 2016. The organization does an amazing job of assembling and presenting training that includes valuable “lessons learned” for and often times by respected campus security professionals throughout the state, …