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IVCC hires consulting firm for data breach communication

Kroll to help notify those affected in April cyber attack

The Illinois Valley Community College board approved hiring a consulting firm to assist with contacting those affected by an April data breach at the college.
The Illinois Valley Community College board approved hiring a consulting firm to assist with contacting those affected by an April data breach at the college.

The Illinois Valley Community College board approved an engagement with Kroll for data breach notification and communication support for $259,157 on Thursday.

Kroll is a corporate investigations and risk consulting firm that assists clients after data breaches.

The company will provide consumer identity monitoring, fraud consultation and identity theft restoration for students and staff who were potential victims of an April data breach in which the school’s email network and file servers were locked by an outside entity.

Kroll was recommended by the law firm of McDonald Hopkins. In their experience working with Kroll, McDonald Hopkins noted Kroll “provided the best client experience.”

In other business

During Thursday’s board meeting, trustees also approved:

• Authorizing IVCC President Jerry Corcoran to begin preparing the 2020 tax levy. A tentative levy will be presented Nov. 12 for approval and a final levy Dec. 10.

• Protection, Health and Safety Projects for the 2020 tax year, which include $738,590 for a key card system upgrade and $100,419 for replacement of the Fireplace Lounge wheelchair lift with an ADA-compliant ramp. The latter project includes adding stairs off the Fireplace Lounge deck.

• Continuation of the cash farm lease with tenant Luke Holly for 146 acres of college farmland at $308.25 per acre, or $45,004.50 annually.

• Offering a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan through SURS. Employees can now deposit funds in either the TIAA-CREF-administered plan that was established in 2004 or the SURS plan.

• The annual $10,000 local match to support Project Success, the federally funded program serving about 165 low-income students, first-generation students and students with disabilities annually. Specifically, IVCC’s match helps low-income students offset tuition, books and supplies.

• High-deductible health plan and health savings account contributions for full-time employees. In January, IVCC will contribute $2,500 for individual coverage and $5,000 for “employee plus one” and family coverage.

• A certificate in Advanced Dental Office Management for students seeking employment in a dental office, rather than chairside dental assisting. It incorporates more complex business courses in marketing and management.

• Accepted the retirement of longtime nursing instructor Deb Pumo, effective Dec. 31.

• Semester calendars for fall 2021, spring, summer and fall 2022 and spring and summer 2023.

The board learned:

• Corcoran said the foundation office is working on a 21st Century Scholars Society virtual ceremony to highlight this year’s class of scholars and Society members.

• Corcoran and Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema met last week with Oglesby Mayor Dominick Rivara to further discuss the city providing electricity to the college, including a potential solar energy-generating facility.

“Right now, all we need to do is wait and see what’s brought forward by the mayor and his team,” Corcoran said.

• Last week, Southern Illinois University’s new chancellor, provost and others met virtually with IVCC Student Services officials regarding “new and very attractive options” for IVCC students considering transfer to SIU through a “3 + 1” arrangement.

“In the student’s third year, they would pay IVCC’s tuition rate instead of SIU’s; in other words, a ‘2 + 2’ at the cost of a ‘3 + 1,’ ” Corcoran said.

• The Association of Community College Trustees recently published “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (2020): A Checklist and Implementation Guide for Community College Boards.”

“We’re hoping it can be the focus of review by the college’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee under the auspices of the Strategic Leadership and Planning Council,” Corcoran said.

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