Durham Tech fires assistant registrar

jwise@newsobserver.comMay 15, 2013 

Durham Technical Community College has fired an administrator after state auditors found she was using a college computer to run her own businesses during work hours.

According to an auditor’s report ( bit.ly/11FJB8j) released Wednesday, the assistant registrar in Durham Tech’s Center for the Global Learner also lacked formal approval for her “secondary employment.”

Responding to the state findings, Durham Tech President William G. Ingram wrote that the assistant registrar was “terminated, effective March 13.” Ingram was not available for comment, but Durham Tech spokeswoman Carver Weaver said the report is an accurate account of what happened.

The report refers to the former employee as “she” and “her,” but does not identify her by name. Weaver said she could not confirm the employee’s identity.

The position is currently listed as “vacant” on Durham Tech’s web site.

According to the report, the state auditor began investigating in response to anonymous allegations made through its fraud hotline, and informed Ingram on Dec. 20. The assistant registrar’s office-computer records indicated she had been using the computer in a bird-supply business and to sell Amway products while she was at work.

The assistant registrar listed those occupations on a Secondary Employment Request Form submitted in September 2011, and affirmed that she carried on her businesses on nights and weekends when she was off college duty. However, the request was never approved by the college president, as required by Durham Tech’s conditions of employment.

According to Ingram’s response, the assistant registrar was placed on administrative paid leave as soon as the state finished its investigation. She was fired after the college conducted an investigation of its own.

Ingram stated, “We have also conducted an audit of our employees’ personnel files to verity that appropriate documentation is in place to verify employees are aware of (secondary employment) policies and have amended our procedures to ensure … that their compliance with them is periodically evaluated.”

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