An Ohio University official has upheld the firing of two school administrators over computer breaches discovered at the university in April.
Tom Reid, former director of communication network services, and Todd Acheson, former UNIX systems manager, were fired in July, two months after the university discovered the breaches that exposed 173,000 files containing Social Security numbers, names, medical records and home addresses.
University Provost Kathy Krendl said in letters sent Wednesday to Reid and Acheson that they failed in their responsibility for designing and maintaining a secure network.
''It does not indicate that you intended to put our data at risk, but in fact, that was the result of failing to take the necessary proactive steps to protect confidential information,'' she stated.
Reid and Acheson filed grievances in August, and a university grievance committee last month recommended their reinstatement. The committee said the two men deserved apologies and new jobs because evidence showed that they had worked to prevent electronic break-ins on school computers and were incorrectly blamed for lapsed security.