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March 2009

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Colleges Warn Students About Mexico Travel

Students Aim for Gun Rights on Campus

After a String of Attacks, University of Washington Students Add a Lesson on Safety

House Passes Bill for National Campus Security Center

Northern Illinois University Seeks to be Model for Campus Security

Penn Students Given Preventive Antibiotic for Meningitis

Seton Hill University Student Killed in Standoff

Three Months, Three Breaches at University of Florida in Gainesville

New Rules Will Push Colleges to Rethink Tactics Against Student Pirates

Software Error at Ryerson University Exposes Students' Personal Information

Kansas Universities Earn Poor Score on Computer Security Audit

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Computer Administrator Hacks Into Student Facebook Account

Campus Security

Colleges Warn Students About Mexico Travel
U.S. universities and the U.S. State Department are warning college students about the dangers of heading to Mexico for spring break due to a rise in drug-related crime and murder. While much of the violence has been in border... | Read more >
Students Aim for Gun Rights on Campus
Opinions are mixed on whether concealed weapons should be allowed on college campuses. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus has approximately 36,000 members on Facebook, while rival Students for Gun Free Schools has 12,000. ... | Read more >
After a String of Attacks, University of Washington Students Add a Lesson on Safety
A string of robberies and assaults in Seattle near the University of Washington in the past few months has the campus in a state of tension, drawing a number of students to a recent program on campus presented by the InSights... | Read more >
House Passes Bill for National Campus Security Center
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in early February that would establish a national center for campus security. The center, which would be known as the National Center for Campus Public Safety, would be overseen by... | Read more >
Northern Illinois University Seeks to be Model for Campus Security
Northern Illinois University has taken several steps to improve campus security in the wake of the shooting last February that claimed the lives of five students and the gunman. For instance, the size of the campus police... | Read more >
Penn Students Given Preventive Antibiotic for Meningitis
The University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia public health officials have provided the preventive antibiotic treatment Cipro to more than 2,100 students after three Penn students were hospitalized the week of February 9. Two... | Read more >
Seton Hill University Student Killed in Standoff
A Seton Hill University senior was shot and killed in his off-campus apartment by a state police trooper on February 15. Police arrived after Joseph Frederick Briggs' roommates reported that he had threatened to harm them and... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Three Months, Three Breaches at University of Florida in Gainesville
The University of Florida in Gainesville has announced three major data breaches over the past three months, including the exposure of Social Security numbers and other information for thousands of current and past students. The... | Read more >
New Rules Will Push Colleges to Rethink Tactics Against Student Pirates
In February, the U.S. Department of Education started drafting regulations that specify strategies colleges can follow to deter illegal file sharing by students. The new rules will interpret three antipiracy provisions in the... | Read more >
Software Error at Ryerson University Exposes Students' Personal Information
Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, announced on Feb. 23 that nearly 600 students would be informed about a software error in its Student Administration System (SAS) which left their personal information exposed for almost two... | Read more >
Kansas Universities Earn Poor Score on Computer Security Audit
Three universities in Kansas-Kansas University (KU), Kansas State University (KSU), and Emporia State University-were recently re-graded in a follow-up report by the legislature on their computer security policies, in which both... | Read more >
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Computer Administrator Hacks Into Student Facebook Account
University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth on-campus computer administrator Robert T. DeCampos Jr. has been charged with illegally obtaining nude and semi-nude photos of female students by taking advantage of administrative... | Read more >
 
A Review of Online and On-Campus Security News
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