University of Jamestown to appeal federal law fines

October 20, 2017

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota university plans to appeal a $210,000 fine imposed by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly violating federal laws relating to annual security reports.

The University of Jamestown failed to abide by laws that require colleges and universities to report crime on campus and enact a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The university is one of 10 schools fined this year for such violations.

The violations were described as “very serious and numerous” in a letter sent to the school’s president by the Department of Education’s federal student aid and enforcement unit.

According to the letter, the department found 55 violations in the university’s crime and fire logs during 2013 to 2015. The review also found the university had excluded information about sexual assault prevention and reporting.

In response, the university hired a full-time director of campus safety and formed an oversight committee. It also created new policies and reporting procedures.

“We just feel it warrants discussion because of our compliance efforts,” said Tena Lawrence, the university’s vice president for marketing and communications.

The case will be referred to the Department of Education’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. The university has said the alleged violations were “procedural or clerical in nature.”

The University of Jamestown is a private, nonprofit college with campuses in Jamestown and Fargo. The university said more 1,136 students were enrolled this fall.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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