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No Reportable Findings In Financial Statement Audit Of UNC-Asheville PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit of the UNC-Asheville financial statement has resulted in no reportable findings from State Auditor Beth Wood's office.

"We have completed a financial statement audit of The University of North Carolina at
Asheville for the year ended June 30, 2014, and our audit results are included in this report," write Wood in a letter to legislators and the governor.

"You will note from the independent auditor’s report that we determined that the financial
statements are presented fairly in all material respects. The results of our tests disclosed no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be material weaknesses in relation to our audit scope or any instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.

The complete audit can be found at http://www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/Financial/FIN-2014-6055.pdf
 

 
No Reportable Findings In Financial Statement Audit Of UNC-Asheville PDF Print E-mail
Education
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit of the UNC-Asheville financial statement has resulted in no reportable findings from State Auditor Beth Wood's office.

"We have completed a financial statement audit of The University of North Carolina at
Asheville for the year ended June 30, 2014, and our audit results are included in this report," write Wood in a letter to legislators and the governor.

"You will note from the independent auditor’s report that we determined that the financial
statements are presented fairly in all material respects. The results of our tests disclosed no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be material weaknesses in relation to our audit scope or any instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.

The complete audit can be found at http://www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/Financial/FIN-2014-6055.pdf
 

 
U.S. Education Department Sends Schools Guidance On Bullying Of Students Wtih Disabilities PDF Print E-mail
Education
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The federal government is urging the nation's schools to be mindful of the bullying that can be targeted on the nation's 6.5 million disabled students.

In guidance issued this week by the agency's Office for Civil Rights, federal officials reinforce that bullying must not be tolerated. The letter to educators details public schools' responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act.

 If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring, officials said.

"While there is broad consensus that bullying cannot be tolerated, the sad reality is that bullying persists in our schools today, especially for students with disabilities," said Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in a news release posted to the agency's website. "Basic decency and respect demand that our schools ensure that all their students learn in a safe environment. I look forward to continuing our work with schools to address and reduce incidents of bullying so that no student is limited in his or her ability to participate in and benefit from all that our educational programs have to offer."

Since 2009, OCR has received more than 2,000 complaints regarding the bullying of students with disabilities in the nation's public elementary and secondary schools.

The anti-bullying guidance lay sout schools' legal obligations to fix the problem, including:

    A 2013 dear colleague letter and enclosure by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) clarifying that when bullying of a student with a disability results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefit under IDEA, the school must remedy the problem, regardless of whether the bullying was based on the student's disability.
    A 2010 dear colleague letter by the OCR, which elaborated on potential violations when bullying and harassment is based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.
    A 2000 dear colleague letter by the OCR and OSERS, which explained that bullying based on disability may violate civil rights laws enforced by OCR as well as interfere with a student's receipt of special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

More information can be found at ed.gov.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:34
 
Gov. McCrory Reacts To Report On Academic Fraud At UNC PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 24 October 2014 05:26

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following the release of an independent investigator's report on so-called "paper classes" for UNC Chapel Hill student athletes, Gov. Pat McCrory issued the following statement.

 
 "The finding of academic fraud is a disturbing reminder of what can happen, even at our flagship university, when we misplace priorities and have a lack of oversight. It is imperative that we ensure there is accountability at all of our universities to make sure we are upholding a culture in which students, parents and taxpayers are getting a return on our most important investment: education. 
 
I'm again reminded of the words of former UNC system president Dr. William Friday, 'People do not want their lifetime measured by how much their football team won or lost. There is something valuable they want measured on their intellectual tombstone when the time comes, and it will come.' Dr. Friday words still ring true today. 
 
I look forward to working with Chancellor Folt and all the chancellors to maintain North Carolina's devotion to excellence in higher education." 
 
The UNC Board of Governors are meeting in Chapel Hill. 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 05:27
 
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