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May 2009

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Swine Flu Impact

Swine-Flu Scare Offers Lessons for Study-Abroad Programs

Wesleyan Students Told to Stay Indoors as Police Hunt Killer

3 Virginia Men Injured in Shooting at Hampton University

Georgia Professor Sought in Triple Murder

Campus Gun Bills Gaining Support in Texas, Missouri

Shootings at Virginia Tech Alter Security at Many Campuses

Virginia Governor Challenges Report on Colleges as Terror Breeding Grounds

Mental Health on Campus

UCLA Professor Stands Up to Violent Animal Rights Activists

Floods Shut Valley City State University, Will Continue Semester with Online Instruction Only

Tuberculosis Diagnosed at U. of North Florida, Berkeley

Four Cases of Whooping Cough Spark Health Warning

Police Clashes at Parties – Including One at Kent State

Police Seek Ways to Get Emergency Texts

California Regulators Fine UCLA in Lab Fire

Laptops Stolen at MATC

Swine Flu Brings Out E-mail Scammers

U.S. Indicts 4 in College Spam Scheme

Phishing E-mails Cause Problems

Conficker Infects More Than 700 Computers at U. of Utah

Students Access Private Records at Texas Woman's University

Students Gather at National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Campus Security

Swine Flu Impact
The impact of the swine flu continues to grow on college campuses. Ten students at the University of Delaware have been diagnosed with a mix of probable and confirmed cases of swine flu. Several large events were called off April... | Read more >
Swine-Flu Scare Offers Lessons for Study-Abroad Programs
The swine flu outbreak has caused some colleges and universities to pull students and faculty out of Mexico and to cancel study-abroad programs there. According to Gary Rhodes, director of the Center for Global Education at... | Read more >
Wesleyan Students Told to Stay Indoors as Police Hunt Killer
A Wesleyan University student was shot and killed May 6 while working at a school bookstore café. The shooter is a former boyfriend of the victim and has no known connection to Wesleyan. In a statement on the school's... | Read more >
3 Virginia Men Injured in Shooting at Hampton University
A former Hampton University (VA) student shot a pizza deliveryman, a dormitory monitor, and himself on April 26 at the student's former dormitory. No students were injured, and both victims and the alleged shooter were expected... | Read more >
Georgia Professor Sought in Triple Murder
George M. Zinkhan III, a professor at the University of Georgia, is suspected of shooting and killing three people, including his wife and a former Georgia researcher. Police believe Zinkhan has left the Athens area and is in... | Read more >
Campus Gun Bills Gaining Support in Texas, Missouri
A bill to allow Texas state university students and employees to carry concealed weapons on campus is expected to pass the Texas House. The bill would prohibit Texas public universities from banning concealed handgun license... | Read more >
Shootings at Virginia Tech Alter Security at Many Campuses
Two years after the Virginia Tech shootings, campuses have altered the way they ensure the safety and security of their students. Thomas Nelson Community College (VA) has increased security with advanced technology, including... | Read more >
Virginia Governor Challenges Report on Colleges as Terror Breeding Grounds
Gov. Timothy Kaine (D-VA) has ordered an investigation into how a unit of the Virginia State Police came to the conclusion that several religious and historically black colleges in the state were breeding grounds for radicals and... | Read more >
Mental Health on Campus
According to a national study by the Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health, one in four college students who has sought mental health assistance in campus counseling centers has seriously considered suicide. Released... | Read more >
UCLA Professor Stands Up to Violent Animal Rights Activists
UCLA neuroscientist and associate professor J. David Jentsch has founded an organization at UCLA to voice support for animal research. The organization is named UCLA Pro-Test, in honor of a British group formed in 2006 also in... | Read more >
Floods Shut Valley City State University, Will Continue Semester with Online Instruction Only
Valley City State University will move all instruction online for the rest of the semester after facing a two-week evacuation order due to flooding in North Dakota. Classes will resume the week of April 20. President Steven W.... | Read more >
Tuberculosis Diagnosed at U. of North Florida, Berkeley
The University of North Florida has issued a campus-wide advisory after a former kitchen employee was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Thirty-four employees have been tested for the disease, of whom 28 were TB-free and six were still... | Read more >
Four Cases of Whooping Cough Spark Health Warning
Four students at Princeton have been identified with pertussis, a respiratory illness that develops into a severe cough. Princeton University Health Services (UHS) notified the student body of the highly contagious infection in... | Read more >
Police Clashes at Parties – Including One at Kent State
During the last week of April, some schools saw parties end in clashes with police, arrests, and vandalism. Nineteen people were arrested during Spring Weekend at the University of Connecticut, and two campus police officers were... | Read more >
Police Seek Ways to Get Emergency Texts
A shooting at Henry Ford Community College has prompted area law enforcement officials to study how citizens can alert authorities via text message in case of emergencies. A gunman shot and killed a student and himself April 10... | Read more >
California Regulators Fine UCLA in Lab Fire
California state regulators on May 4 fined UCLA more than $31,000 for violating workplace safety laws in the fatal burning of a research assistant in a December chemistry lab fire. The California Division of Occupational Safety... | Read more >
Laptops Stolen at MATC
Computer thefts at Madison Area Technical College continue as 35 laptops have been stolen from the college in 2009. Only two of the laptops were owned by students, with the others being owned by the school. The laptops were used... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Swine Flu Brings Out E-mail Scammers
On April 29, the University of Albany sent an e-mail to its students, faculty, and staff regarding an alert issued by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team urging people to be aware of a variety of e-mail scams that try to... | Read more >
U.S. Indicts 4 in College Spam Scheme
The U.S. Justice Department indicted several men in a nationwide e-mail spamming case in which thousands of colleges and universities were victimized in a scheme that sold millions of dollars of products to their students. The... | Read more >
Phishing E-mails Cause Problems
Internet Security Professionals at the College of William and Mary are working to counteract phishing, or schemes attempting to acquire sensitive information online by someone pretending to be trustworthy. On Feb. 5, hundreds of... | Read more >
Conficker Infects More Than 700 Computers at U. of Utah
The Conficker worm infected between 700 and 800 computers mostly belonging to faculty and staff in the University of Utah health-sciences center. Conficker, a computer malware that targets Microsoft Windows operating systems,... | Read more >
Students Access Private Records at Texas Woman's University
A glitch in the Web system at Texas Woman's University allowed students to see their classmates' student records through the school's Degree Audit Report System. An online loophole that allowed students access to the... | Read more >
Students Gather at National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) was held April 17-19 in San Antonio, TX. The event was the fourth iteration of the nation's largest collegiate cyber security competition, created and hosted by the... | Read more >
 
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