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Federal Work Authorization Requirements and Pomona College

On February 2, 2012, President David Oxtoby appeared on the KCRW radio show, "Which Way, LA?," to discuss the recent events regarding federal work authorization requirements at Pomona College. (Click "listen" on that page for the audio, which starts at about 19:20.) As a result of a complaint filed by an employee with the Board resulting in an independent investigation, the College became aware of deficiencies in the files of 84 employees regarding their work authorization documents. The Board leadership made the decision to comply with federal law, which, if violated, would result in serious civil and criminal sanctions. All but 17 employees were able to resolve the issues with their file by the deadline, and where proper documentation was not provided, the College was left with no choice but to end their employment. The actions taken by the College to address these deficiencies, as required by law, have raised questions and divided the community. For more information on the situation, including letters to the community from the administration, please visit

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