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June 2009

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Reaching Students Who Don't Report Depression

Swine Flu and Student Flows

New Web Site Helps Track Flu's Impact on North American Universities

Colleges Prepare Security Merger

Vets May Bring Extra Baggage

Tensions Grow Over Attacks on Indian Students in Australia

College Handgun Bills Pass Texas Senate, Delayed in Louisiana

Gun Supporters Say Colleges Trample Protest Rights

University of Georgia Professor's Body Found in Grave He Dug

American Student in Italy Reportedly Confesses to a Fatal Stabbing

UCLA Settles Lawsuit with Tasered Student

Harvard 'Drug Rip' Slaying Has Student Link, DA Says

A Researcher's Mea Culpa, a Decade After a Gene-Therapy Death

Students Charged in Colby Incidents

Ex-Girlfriend Says She Warned University of Maine of Basketball Coach

200 Years Later, College Arsonist Found?

Princeton University Says Toy Gun Led to Lockdown

Despite Breaches, Universities Feel Good About Security Progress

Data About DC Students Dispersed in Breach

Obama Creates a Cyber Czar Post

Online Educators Won't Have to Spy on Students, New Rules Say

Hackers Breach UC Berkeley Computer Database

Hackers Have Georgia's Universities and Colleges Checking Security

Keeping Personal Health Records Personal

It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Job

Campus Security

Reaching Students Who Don't Report Depression

Many college students who show signs of depression – even students who are prone to suicide – never seek counseling help of any kind. But they do seek primary medical care. The National College Depression... | Read more >

Swine Flu and Student Flows

 The swine flu epidemic has caused more than 30 percent of foreign students to flee Mexico since news of the virus broke just weeks ago. Some universities are reporting exoduses of as much as 60 percent. More than half of... | Read more >

New Web Site Helps Track Flu's Impact on North American Universities

The Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (Conahec) has started a new Web site to track the impact of the H1N1 flu epidemic on universities. Conahec developed the site in response to an inundation of... | Read more >

Colleges Prepare Security Merger

Smith, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke colleges are preparing to merge their public safety departments to save money and expand their security capabilities. The consolidation will take place July 1, and will eliminate duplication... | Read more >

Vets May Bring Extra Baggage

A new study of more than 8,000 college-going veterans shows that while veterans’ health issues are similar to those of other college students, there are a few noticeable differences. For example, rates of post-traumatic... | Read more >

Tensions Grow Over Attacks on Indian Students in Australia

A number of incidents in which Indian students studying in Australia were attacked have caused tensions between the two countries. In a recent incident, four Indian students were attacked with a screwdriver by a gang at a... | Read more >

College Handgun Bills Pass Texas Senate, Delayed in Louisiana

A bill that would allow college students and faculty members with concealed handgun licenses to pack their firearms on campus passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 20-11 on May 20. Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R) proposed the measure,... | Read more >

Gun Supporters Say Colleges Trample Protest Rights

 The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is attempting to work with colleges that have barred students from handing out literature, protesting, and gathering to support the right to carry weapons on... | Read more >

University of Georgia Professor's Body Found in Grave He Dug

George M. Zinkhan III, a professor at the University of Georgia who was suspected of shooting and killing three people, was found May 9 in a grave he had dug before shooting himself in the head. Zinkhan had been the subject of... | Read more >

American Student in Italy Reportedly Confesses to a Fatal Stabbing

 A student from Olivet College in Michigan confessed to stabbing a man to death in Florence, Italy while visiting there with a group of students and a professor. Johnathan Hindenach had been drinking and taking drugs late... | Read more >

UCLA Settles Lawsuit with Tasered Student

UCLA will pay $220,000 to settle a civil lawsuit filed by a student who was stunned with a Taser gun by campus police after he refused to show his identification at the school library. Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a senior at UCLA... | Read more >

Harvard 'Drug Rip' Slaying Has Student Link, DA Says

 A 21-year-old man was shot to death inside a locked dormitory at Harvard University. Justin Cosby, who withdrew last month from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts, died May 19 after he was shot in a basement... | Read more >

A Researcher's Mea Culpa, a Decade After a Gene-Therapy Death

 A University of Pennsylvania professor who conducted a gene-therapy experiment that resulted in the September 1999 death of 18-year old Jesse Gelsinger has recently given his first public interview about his role in the... | Read more >

Students Charged in Colby Incidents

Charges have been filed against three Colby students who were allegedly trying to interfere with the medical assessment of an ill or sleeping student after a dance early Easter morning. The students were charged with various... | Read more >

Ex-Girlfriend Says She Warned University of Maine of Basketball Coach

A woman who had warned University of Maine officials about men’s basketball associate coach Mike Burden is speaking out following his May 17 arrest on charges of unlawful sexual contact and assault against two women.... | Read more >

200 Years Later, College Arsonist Found?

A recent graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland may have solved a 200-year-old arson case. Bonnie McCubbin, an anthropology and history major, tracked down artifacts excavated decades ago at the site of Cokesbury... | Read more >

Princeton University Says Toy Gun Led to Lockdown

A toy gun led Princeton University to lock down its campus on June 3. Four youths who are not students at the university found the toy when rummaging through the discarded belongings of Princeton students. A witness saw one... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Despite Breaches, Universities Feel Good About Security Progress

 According to a survey published this week by the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals In Higher Education, 84 percent of university IT and communications professionals believe their... | Read more >

Data About DC Students Dispersed in Breach

 The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), which handles college financial aid requests, accidentally e-mailed personal information from 2,400 student applicants to about 1,250 of those applicants.... | Read more >

Obama Creates a Cyber Czar Post

President Obama announced May 29 that he will be naming a new cyber czar to spearhead the effort to protect the security of America’s computer networks. He said he will soon choose the head of a new White House Office of... | Read more >

Online Educators Won't Have to Spy on Students, New Rules Say

The recently reauthorized Higher Education Act required accreditors to monitor how colleges verify that an online student is the same person who does the work. The law had left distance educators concerned about buying... | Read more >

Hackers Breach UC Berkeley Computer Database

Between Oct. 6, 2008 and April 9, 2009, hackers infiltrated restricted computer databases at the University of California, Berkeley. Data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, health insurance information and some... | Read more >

Hackers Have Georgia's Universities and Colleges Checking Security

 The University of Georgia has implemented new computer security policies after hackers recently accessed the system. Although the hackers only accessed dummy computer pages, Georgia’s 35 public colleges and... | Read more >

Keeping Personal Health Records Personal

The Indiana University Health Center in February started offering students the opportunity to create and maintain personal health records (PHR) via a secure page on the school's student Web portal. The PHR helps streamline... | Read more >

It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Job

Instances in which employees with Facebook accounts who have been fired because of provocative pictures or negative comments they have posted are sparking a debate about whether employers have the right to fire a worker... | Read more >

 
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