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November 2009

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Campus Security Cyber Security

The Flu Waiting Game

Ready, or Not?

Most Colleges Have Emergency Plans, Study Finds

Locking Out Danger

Duke Calls Off a Summer Program Due to Flu Outbreak

No Gender Gap for Victims of Violence Seeking Help

VA Tech Killer's Mental Health Records Surface

Floods Hit U. of Louisville

Awaiting Extradition - and Teaching

6 Shot at Texas Southern Event

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Is High Among Students, Study Finds

Animal Rights Activists Vandalize Home of Researcher

Lab Worker Accused of Destroying Research to Fight 'Bad Karma'

College and the Kissing Disease - Mononucleosis

Cybersecurity 101 For College Students

Are College Students Putting Their Parents at Risk for Identity Theft?

Text Messaging Paves Way for Hacking

Study Finds Widespread Privacy Failings in Online Social Networks

University of Central Missouri Police Sergeant and Wife Arrested in Identity Theft Scheme

Extra Credit for Abstaining From Facebook

Identity Theft Alert Issued for 766 UCCS Students

Campus Security

The Flu Waiting Game

Colleges are on alert this summer as they anticipate how the H1N1 "swine flu" virus will affect students in the fall. Many colleges are reporting confirmed cases, with nearly 34,000 confirmed cases of the virus... | Read more >

Ready, or Not?

A study published in the latest issue of Radiologic Technology suggests that emergency preparedness plans at a significant proportion of colleges and universities lack some of the key elements to prepare, prevent, respond and... | Read more >

Most Colleges Have Emergency Plans, Study Finds

 According to a new survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, most colleges have emergency preparedness plans. The survey found that 85 percent of colleges have a plan that at least... | Read more >

Locking Out Danger

Spurred by a February 2008 incident at Northern Illinois University in which a gunman took the lives of six people, a physics professor at the University of Michigan has proposed that classrooms have doors that can lock from... | Read more >

Duke Calls Off a Summer Program Due to Flu Outbreak

 Duke University announced on July 22 that it would shut down a youth summer enrichment program after 25 of the 260 participants were diagnosed with the flu, presumed to be the H1N1 virus. Although none of the students... | Read more >

No Gender Gap for Victims of Violence Seeking Help

A new study shows that college men and women experience similar rates of physical or emotional violence. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and comes from a survey of about 2,000 students who sought... | Read more >

VA Tech Killer's Mental Health Records Surface

The missing mental health records of Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 before killing himself, have recently been found at the home of the former counseling center director at Virginia Tech, who left... | Read more >

Floods Hit U. of Louisville

Due to record rainfall, the University of Louisville shut many programs August 4-5. Many campus buildings were left with two feet of water. Several dozen employees had to be rescued from one building. No injuries were... | Read more >

Awaiting Extradition - and Teaching

An instructor at Carleton University in Ottawa is facing extradition charges in Canada charging him with a role in a bombing attack on a Paris synagogue that killed four people and wounded many others in 1980. Carleton... | Read more >

6 Shot at Texas Southern Event

At least six people were shot on July 22 at an outside block party at Texas Southern University honoring a Houston rapper. At least one of those shot was a student at the university. None of the injuries are... | Read more >

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Is High Among Students, Study Finds

 A study in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research has found that secondhand smoke exposure is high among college students. Eight-three percent of undergraduates reported exposure to secondhand smoke at least once in... | Read more >

Animal Rights Activists Vandalize Home of Researcher

Animal rights activists issued a statement on July 15 claiming credit for vandalizing the home of a researcher at the University of California at Irvine. The underground group said the researcher was being punished for working... | Read more >

Lab Worker Accused of Destroying Research to Fight 'Bad Karma'

A former lab worker at a federal facility managed by Stanford University has been arrested and charged with taking and destroying $500,000 worth of protein crystal samples. Silvya Oommachen admitted to the acts, blaming a... | Read more >

College and the Kissing Disease - Mononucleosis

One in 200 college students will become infected with Mononucleosis every year. Mono, a contagious disease spread through saliva, is rarely very serious, but it can put students out of commission for up to two months. Since... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Cybersecurity 101 For College Students

As college students prepare to head back to school, new computers present a danger in the form of viruses, spyware, phishers, and spammers. Setting up an effective line of defense includes using software and safe computing... | Read more >

Are College Students Putting Their Parents at Risk for Identity Theft?

A new Campus Security Survey of 1,000 college students and 1,000 parents found that students put their parents at risk by using their parents' names, bank account numbers and other personal information to co-sign loans and... | Read more >

Text Messaging Paves Way for Hacking

Text messages are giving criminals an opening to break into mobile phones, as shown by researchers at the Black Hat security conference held July 25-30. Text messages appear on mobile phones without interaction from the user,... | Read more >

Study Finds Widespread Privacy Failings in Online Social Networks

 A Cambridge University study has found that social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook compromise users' personal information. The study is the first detailed analysis to examine the security provisions of a large... | Read more >

University of Central Missouri Police Sergeant and Wife Arrested in Identity Theft Scheme

 A University of Central Missouri (UCM) police sergeant and his wife were arrested on June 19 for stealing the Social Security numbers of 7,000 students and alumni. James and Amanda Drake have been charged with fraud,... | Read more >

Extra Credit for Abstaining From Facebook

 Prof. Robert Doade of Trinity Western University believes that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites may be distracting students and causing them anxiety. He is challenging students with a 5 percent extra... | Read more >

Identity Theft Alert Issued for 766 UCCS Students

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is notifying 766 students that they could be at risk for identity theft after a laptop computer containing their personal information was stolen from a faculty member's home on... | Read more >

 
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