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April 2009

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Counseling Centers Lack Resources to Help Troubled Students

Online Courses Help Faculty and Staff Recognize Problematic Behaviors

Students Hospitalized for Meningitis

Vaccines for College

Intestinal Ailment Afflicts More Than 100 at Babson College, and Closes the Campus

2 Years After Student's Death, SMU Bans Fraternity from Holding Parties

TB Exposure Possible at Rancho Cucamonga College and in Montclair

Rising Toll from Italian Quake Includes 8 University Students

Flooding Closes Campuses in North Dakota, Minnesota

Guards, Students Say Dorm Cuts Risky

Texas A&M, Grand Valley State University Shootings

Deadly UCLA Lab Fire Leaves Haunting Questions

Chico State University President Zingg Injured in Assault

GW University's National Emergency Medical Services Preparedness Initiative Launched

Missing Laptops Sold on Web

Binghamton Data Breach Threatens CISO's Position

Social Security Numbers Exposed

Mistake at Brigham Young Sends Grades to Fellow Students

New Program will Boost Data Security on University of Connecticut Computers

Vendors Focus on Security

Experts See Shortfall in Cybersecurity Research

Campus Security

Counseling Centers Lack Resources to Help Troubled Students
Despite rising profiles since shootings in recent years at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, resources for campus counseling centers lag behind the need for services. As the demand for mental health services rises... | Read more >
Online Courses Help Faculty and Staff Recognize Problematic Behaviors
Several online programs have been developed to help higher education faculty and staff learn how to deal with mentally distressed students. At-Risk was launched in late 2008 and allows faculty and staff to role-play situations... | Read more >
Students Hospitalized for Meningitis
Students at Ohio State, Penn State, UVA, and East Stroudsburg University are being treated for bacterial meningitis. An Ohio State student was diagnosed with the disease March 30 and taken to the University Medical Center. People... | Read more >
Vaccines for College
Sen. Gary Cates (R-OH) introduced legislation on March 5 to prevent the spread of meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B at Ohio colleges. Unless students have a religious or medical exemption, Senate Bill 69 would require all... | Read more >
Intestinal Ailment Afflicts More Than 100 at Babson College, and Closes the Campus
Babson College closed its campus from March 28 until the morning of April 1 because more than 100 students and staff members had come down with the highly contagious norovirus. College officials said the spread of the virus was... | Read more >
2 Years After Student's Death, SMU Bans Fraternity from Holding Parties
Two years after claiming that a Southern Methodist University student's death from an overdose was an isolated incident, the university admitted that drug use at the fraternity house Sigma Alpha Epsilon was a broader problem... | Read more >
TB Exposure Possible at Rancho Cucamonga College and in Montclair
A woman at Chaffey College's Rancho Cucamonga campus was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. The woman is being treated and is now doing well. Health officials are identifying students and staff who spent significant time... | Read more >
Rising Toll from Italian Quake Includes 8 University Students
At least eight students died when a University of L'Aquila dormitory collapsed after an earthquake struck central Italy on April 6. At least two of those were foreign students. Rescue workers were still searching on... | Read more >
Flooding Closes Campuses in North Dakota, Minnesota
Several colleges in North Dakota and Minnesota were closed due to flooding of the Red River. Concordia College, Minnesota State University at Moorhead, North Dakota State University, and the University of Mary were closed for... | Read more >
Guards, Students Say Dorm Cuts Risky
NYU has been making security cuts at several high-volume residence halls since September. Posts at four dorms have been decreased from two guards to one at certain hours. NYU's administration had not informed the Local One... | Read more >
Texas A&M, Grand Valley State University Shootings
Two Texas A&M students, a brother and sister, were shot and killed March 6 in their home in College Station. College Station resident John Darrell Thuesen, a part-time Blinn College student, was arrested at the scene and charged... | Read more >
Deadly UCLA Lab Fire Leaves Haunting Questions
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating a UCLA lab fire that killed research assistant Sheri Sangji during an organic chemistry experiment in December 2008. Two months earlier, UCLA safety... | Read more >
Chico State University President Zingg Injured in Assault
Chico State University President Paul Zingg was assaulted by a man in his office on April 1. Abe Baxter Stutts, Jr. entered the President's office and asked to "speak with the man in charge." Zingg invited him into a... | Read more >
GW University's National Emergency Medical Services Preparedness Initiative Launched
George Washington University's National Emergency Medical Services Preparedness Initiative has launched a high-tech video game learning tool based on the 16 national planning scenarios developed by the U.S. Department of... | Read more >
Missing Laptops Sold on Web
A College of William and Mary employee is suspected of selling college-owned laptops online. The director of Systems and Support at the college contacted campus police after several laptops were discovered missing. College staff... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Binghamton Data Breach Threatens CISO's Position
The existence of unsecured documents was discovered March 6 at Binghamton University in New York by a student reporter. The reporter, who was working for a student radio station, found boxes of documents listing personal... | Read more >
Social Security Numbers Exposed
In February, a virus infiltrated a Penn State administrative computer containing more than 1,000 Social Security numbers of employees at the Penn State Office of Physical Plant. The office alerted employees who are at risk, but... | Read more >
Mistake at Brigham Young Sends Grades to Fellow Students
About 2,500 students in the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University last week received an e-mail with the grade point averages of all of their fellow students. University officials apologized and said that the e-mail... | Read more >
New Program will Boost Data Security on University of Connecticut Computers
A new encryption program at the University of Connecticut is upgrading the security of personal data such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers. The program will ensure that the data remains secure and that... | Read more >
Vendors Focus on Security
Sacramento State is working with Visa and MasterCard to require vendors to comply with the Payment Card Industry's (PCI) standards. The PCI standards were created by the credit card industry to help protect cardholder... | Read more >
Experts See Shortfall in Cybersecurity Research
At a March 19 Senate Commerce Committee panel, cybersecurity experts warned that the U.S. is not prepared to deal with threats to the nation's digital infrastructure, advising Congress to make information security the highest... | Read more >
 
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