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February 2008

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Two Robert Morris University Students Slain

Tornado Inflicts Heavy Damage on Union University in Jackson, Tennessee

Technology Not a Panacea for Emergency Response

Harvard Uncovers ID Scam That May Involve Debit Cards

University of New Mexico Busy With Inventory of Chemicals for Fed New Jersey College Conducts Shooter Response Drill

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Prevent Violence at Student Union Gatherings

Burn Foundation Targeting Campus Fire Deaths

Protection of Student Information Is Major Focus at Virginia Tech

Social Security Numbers Stored on Hard Drive Stolen From Georgetown University

Use of Biometrics in Academia on the Rise

Colleges Get Out of E-Mail Business

Illegal Downloading at Colleges Vastly Overestimated

New Tool for Detecting Plagiarism by College Faculty

Campus Security

Two Robert Morris University Students Slain
Two Robert Morris University students were killed and another is in critical condition after a shooting at an apartment near the Pennsylvania campus Tuesday night. Police arrested 23-year-old H. Paul... | Read more >
Tornado Inflicts Heavy Damage on Union University in Jackson, Tennessee
Students were trapped inside two heavily damaged residence halls at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., after a tornado hit the campus on the night of Feb. 5. At least 13 students had to be rescued... | Read more >
Technology Not a Panacea for Emergency Response
Emergency-notification technology has become an integral part of emergency response on U.S. campuses, but schools should avoid the trap of depending solely on technology to solve their response... | Read more >
Harvard Uncovers ID Scam That May Involve Debit Cards
Harvard University is investigating an undergraduate student who allegedly manufactured university identification cards that double as debit cards and can be used to enter residence and dining halls.... | Read more >
University of New Mexico Busy With Inventory of Chemicals for Fed New Jersey College Conducts Shooter Response Drill
On Jan. 10, a four-hour practice drill took place at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. Campus security personnel worked with the Florham Park emergency response team and the Morris... | Read more >
University of Maryland Takes Steps to Prevent Violence at Student Union Gatherings
The University of Maryland at College Park has instituted a moratorium on late-night parties at the campus student union due to growing concern about fights occurring at student events, which attract... | Read more >
Burn Foundation Targeting Campus Fire Deaths
The Indianapolis-area nonprofit People's Burn Foundation plans to create and distribute a DVD for college students on fire prevention. A final version will be distributed to nearly 5,000 colleges... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Protection of Student Information Is Major Focus at Virginia Tech
Randy Marchany, director of Virginia Tech's information security lab, has the responsibility of protecting the school's computer networks, including updating and patching software and systems,... | Read more >
Social Security Numbers Stored on Hard Drive Stolen From Georgetown University
A computer hard drive reported stolen from a Georgetown University office in early January contained identifying information, including names and Social Security numbers of about 38,000 current and... | Read more >
Use of Biometrics in Academia on the Rise
The use of biometric identification systems in higher education is on the rise but not yet widespread. Applications typically fall into two categories--low security "time and attendance" and... | Read more >
Colleges Get Out of E-Mail Business
More than 1,000 colleges have outsourced their e-mail service to Google Apps Education Edition or Microsoft Live@edu. Transition to the services, offered for free, is a no-brainer to many of the... | Read more >
Illegal Downloading at Colleges Vastly Overestimated
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has acknowledged an error in its 2005 study that claimed that 44 percent of industry losses came from college students illegally downloading movies on... | Read more >
New Tool for Detecting Plagiarism by College Faculty
A tool called eTBLAST, originally developed to allow scientists to scan medical literature available online to find work related to their own, has been used to detect possible plagiarism, not by... | Read more >
 
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