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July 2009

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

During a Campus Crisis, There Is No Substitute for Experience

Campus Shooting Led to Widespread Depression, Study Finds

Most Colleges Avoid Risk Management, Report Says

Sexual Harassment Cases May Now Hinge on What Colleges Could Have Prevented

Stretching the Security Blanket

Student Drinking and Drinking-Related Deaths Are Increasing

Study Explores Link Between Depression and Grades

Colleges to Be Urged to Test Athletes for Sickle Cell

Australia to Boost Student Protection After Attacks on Indians

Ohio Senator Wants Student-Privacy Limits

A Rape Case That's Not Going Away

College Settles on Crime Reporting

Summer Flu, Fall Headaches?

Universities Must Disclose More Data on Animal-Research Procedures

University Accused of Ignoring Prof's Inappropriate Conduct

Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers

Study: Social Security Numbers Easy to Guess

Cyber Attackers Strike Johns Hopkins U. Lab

Education Department's Web Sites Lack Proper Security, Audit Finds

VCU Notifies Students About Possible ID Exposure

Universities Cope with New Anti-Piracy Requirement

Audit Faults Privacy, Purchase Controls on U.Md. Campus

Security Breach at Cornell University Compromises 45,000 Identities

Emporia State University Student Info Leaked

Campus Security

During a Campus Crisis, There Is No Substitute for Experience

Recent research on how campus housing administrators make decisions during crises shows that experience is crucial in handling fights, suicides, sexual assaults, drug overdoses, and fires. John Buck, associate dean of students... | Read more >

Campus Shooting Led to Widespread Depression, Study Finds

A new study on the psychological effects of a shooting three years ago at Montreal's Dawson College shows lower than expected incidences of post-traumatic stress but higher rates of serious depression among students and staff... | Read more >

Most Colleges Avoid Risk Management, Report Says

 According to a survey released June 25, less than a quarter of colleges regularly consider how they could prevent or respond to threats such as criminal acts, environmental disasters, and financial misconduct. The... | Read more >

Sexual Harassment Cases May Now Hinge on What Colleges Could Have Prevented

 Recent rulings in several college sexual harassment lawsuits have prompted higher education legal experts to speak out about how judges are holding institutions responsible for failing to prevent incidents as well as how... | Read more >

Stretching the Security Blanket

Starting July 1, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire College will partially merge their public safety departments to stretch limited funds and resources. The dispatch operation will be centralized to a shared facility on one... | Read more >

Student Drinking and Drinking-Related Deaths Are Increasing

Several recent studies on drinking among college students show increased drinking-related accidental deaths, binge drinking, and drinking and driving. A study released June 15 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and... | Read more >

Study Explores Link Between Depression and Grades

A recent University of Michigan study found that college students with depression are twice as likely as their classmates to drop out. The research also showed that a type of depression involving loss of interest and pleasure... | Read more >

Colleges to Be Urged to Test Athletes for Sickle Cell

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will soon urge, and may eventually require, colleges to test athletes for the sickle cell trait. A lawsuit was recently settled against Rice University and the NCAA by the family of... | Read more >

Australia to Boost Student Protection After Attacks on Indians

Australia has created a taskforce to develop support strategies for international students after a series of violent attacks on Indian students. The government has created a hotline and Web site so concerns can be raised... | Read more >

Ohio Senator Wants Student-Privacy Limits

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has called on the U.S. Department of Education to change the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which he says is improperly used to shield public information. "Parents have not... | Read more >

A Rape Case That's Not Going Away

A year-old debate continues over the handling of a May 2008 sexual assault case at the University of the Pacific. Figuring prominently is Pacific’s Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth Griego, who is also... | Read more >

College Settles on Crime Reporting

Dominican College in New York has been charged with misreporting statistics related to sexual assault on campus and agreed to pay $20,000 and make several changes to its crime reporting procedures. An investigation into... | Read more >

Summer Flu, Fall Headaches?

New cases of swine flu are showing up on college campuses recently despite the start of summer vacation. In the beginning of June, Princeton University announced that three graduate students and one adult graduate dependent... | Read more >

Universities Must Disclose More Data on Animal-Research Procedures

A requirement for animal research facilities to publicly disclose more information about experiments involving animal pain or distress may lead to more violence against scientists by animal-rights extremists. The requirement... | Read more >

University Accused of Ignoring Prof's Inappropriate Conduct

A theater professor at the University of Northern Colorado was arrested July 7 on one count of sexual exploitation of children and one misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact. A number of students had filed complaints... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers

With a new White House focus on computer crime, two-year colleges are increasingly offering cybersecurity programs. President Obama's proposed 2010 budget includes the biggest increase in recent history for the National... | Read more >

Study: Social Security Numbers Easy to Guess

 According to a recent report released by Carnegie Mellon University, Social Security numbers can be simply guessed using information from governmental sources, commercial databases, or online social networks such as... | Read more >

Cyber Attackers Strike Johns Hopkins U. Lab

A Johns Hopkins University laboratory involved in government cybersecurity research recently experienced an Internet attack. After finding "penetration from an unwanted source," the Applied Physics Laboratory took... | Read more >

Education Department's Web Sites Lack Proper Security, Audit Finds

The U.S. Education Department's Office of Inspector General released a report June 10 that reviews IT security controls. The report found that the department's Internet-security features do not protect confidential information... | Read more >

VCU Notifies Students About Possible ID Exposure

The names, Social Security numbers, and test scores of 17,214 current and former students at Virginia Commonwealth University may have been exposed after someone stole a computer from the school library in mid-April. The... | Read more >

Universities Cope with New Anti-Piracy Requirement

 Colleges are dealing with a new requirement included in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) that ensures they are working to combat illegal file sharing among students. The new rule requires institutions to... | Read more >

Audit Faults Privacy, Purchase Controls on U.Md. Campus

An audit of the University of Maryland, University College found security controls so lacking that students were able to see their classmates' academic records and an employee was able to make more than $500,000 in purchases... | Read more >

Security Breach at Cornell University Compromises 45,000 Identities

A Cornell University computer that contains the names and social security numbers of more than 45,000 people was stolen last month. School officials say current and former faculty, staff, and students could be at risk of... | Read more >

Emporia State University Student Info Leaked

 A computer file at Emporia State University containing names and social security numbers of 5,700 students was inadvertently transmitted. The file was sent to a person authorized to have access to the information, but... | Read more >

 
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