Student Loans Company Dismissals Highlight Insider Risk
Over 20 staffers at the Student Loans Company (SLC) have faced disciplinary action for computer misuse and other offenses, including three former employees who were fired, according to new Freedom of Information (FoI) data.
Litigation firm Griffin Law revealed the findings of its FoI requests to the non-profit, which is owned by the UK government’s Department for Education and is responsible for administering loans and grants to students.
While several of the 23 offenses related to excessive internet use during work time, one of which resulted in dismissal, several involved the culprits accessing the accounts of friends and family members.
That resulted in one dismissal in 2019, and this year one individual on a final written warning and another suspended pending an investigation.
Many of the other offenses related to inappropriate use of social media or the sharing of inappropriate content via email.
Several offenders used offensive or aggressive language targeting colleagues on Facebook, while one was fired in 2018 after sharing content on the social network linking a colleague to criminal activity. That was judged to have potentially brought the SLC into disrepute.
On one occasion in 2020, a former SLC employee