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November 2009

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Surge in H1N1 Cases on Campus

A Rise in Mental-Health Help on Campus

UConn Football Player Jasper Howard Stabbed to Death on Campus

3 North Dakota Students Found Dead; Foul Play Not Suspected

Head Trauma Can Lead to Degenerative Brain Disease in Former College Football Players as Well as Professionals, Evidence Suggests

DNA Swab for Your Job

Two Students Commit Suicide at New York University, Arizona State University

Professor Raised Concerns on UCLA Student Accused in Slashing

U. of Puerto Rico Closes for a Week Because of Labor Unrest

Video of Arrest at Western Ontario Angers Students

Student Death Leads Slippery Rock to Issue Meningitis Alert

Toward Tobacco-Free Campuses

Colleges Help Veterans Advance From Combat to Classroom

Student Is Beaten to Death, Allegedly by a Suite Mate, in Attack at Sacramento State

Professor, Student Die From H1N1 Complications

Tainted Coffee Prompts Tighter Security at Harvard Research Building

UC Berkeley Tightens Personal Data Security With Data-Masking Tool

Education Dept. Must Improve Data Security in Student-Aid Systems, Report Says

E-Mail Scam Hacks Accounts, Uses Personal Info

University of Wisconsin Officials Say 40 Computers Hacked

Campus Security

Surge in H1N1 Cases on Campus

According to new data from the American College Health Association (ACHA), colleges have experienced an increase in student diagnoses of H1N1 or similar flu illnesses. During the week of October 17-23, the rate of cases... | Read more >

A Rise in Mental-Health Help on Campus

College counseling centers nationwide are experiencing growing numbers of students seeking help for both routine and severe problems. Some schools say that students increasingly require hospitalization, and more students are... | Read more >

UConn Football Player Jasper Howard Stabbed to Death on Campus

University of Connecticut football player Jasper "Jazz" Howard was fatally stabbed on October 18 outside the Student Union during an altercation that occurred after a university-sponsored dance. A second stabbing... | Read more >

3 North Dakota Students Found Dead; Foul Play Not Suspected

The bodies of three students at Dickinson State University in North Dakota were found November 3 in a vehicle submerged in a pond near the school. The women, who were Dickinson State softball players, had been missing since... | Read more >

Head Trauma Can Lead to Degenerative Brain Disease in Former College Football Players as Well as Professionals, Evidence Suggests

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University announced last week that a 10th NFL retiree had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The degenerative brain disease causes such... | Read more >

DNA Swab for Your Job

The University of Akron now requires new employees to be willing to submit a DNA sample. Although many colleges require criminal background checks of new employees, willingness to submit a DNA sample is a first. The... | Read more >

Two Students Commit Suicide at New York University, Arizona State University

A New York University student took his own life on November 3. The 20-year-old student, Andrew E. Williamson-Noble, jumped from the 10th floor of Bobst Library. A suicide note was later discovered in his room.

At least... | Read more >

Professor Raised Concerns on UCLA Student Accused in Slashing

A student accused of slashing a classmate's throat at the University of California at Los Angeles in October had previously alarmed a professor at the school last year, causing him to alert school officials. The professor... | Read more >

U. of Puerto Rico Closes for a Week Because of Labor Unrest

The University of Puerto Rico's 11 campuses were closed the week of October 12 because of disruptions due to a labor union strike protesting the dismissal of 16,000 government workers. Student demonstrations had previously... | Read more >

Video of Arrest at Western Ontario Angers Students

A YouTube video of a student arrest at the University of Western Ontario is causing some students to express anger and concern over the way that officers treated the student. The video shows the officers kneeing and punching... | Read more >

Student Death Leads Slippery Rock to Issue Meningitis Alert

A 20-year-old student at the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania died of bacterial meningitis on October 16. An e-mail message to the university community said the disease is serious and those who have been in close... | Read more >

Toward Tobacco-Free Campuses

The American College Health Association (ACHA) recently released new guidelines that encourage colleges and universities to ban tobacco use both indoors and outdoors on their campuses. The association's previous position... | Read more >

Colleges Help Veterans Advance From Combat to Classroom

Colleges nationwide are helping hundreds of thousands of veterans adjust to campus life this fall. The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to attend public in-state colleges. Due to their... | Read more >

Student Is Beaten to Death, Allegedly by a Suite Mate, in Attack at Sacramento State

A student attacked by a suite mate with a baseball bat in his dormitory room at California State University at Sacramento died October 21. The individual accused of homicide is recovering from gunshot wounds inflicted by... | Read more >

Professor, Student Die From H1N1 Complications

An art professor at Humboldt State University died October 21 from complications brought on by H1N1. M. Wayne Knight had been hospitalized for several days. The university has been experiencing an outbreak of H1N1; no students... | Read more >

Tainted Coffee Prompts Tighter Security at Harvard Research Building

After six researchers at Harvard Medical School were sickened in August by coffee tainted with a laboratory chemical, the school is adopting additional security measures at its New Research Building. The school described the... | Read more >

Cyber Security

UC Berkeley Tightens Personal Data Security With Data-Masking Tool

The University of California at Berkeley is using a specialized data-masking technique for use in the development of technology applications so that the data is hidden in plain sight from the developers by mixing it up.... | Read more >

Education Dept. Must Improve Data Security in Student-Aid Systems, Report Says

A report by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General is calling for increased security for the department's information systems for managing federal student-aid programs. According to the report, various... | Read more >

E-Mail Scam Hacks Accounts, Uses Personal Info

A scam in which hackers get into Microsoft e-mail accounts and use personal information to get to their victims is affecting thousands of people. Unsuspecting victims receive an error message while they are reading their... | Read more >

University of Wisconsin Officials Say 40 Computers Hacked

Forty computers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were hacked, mostly over the past 18 months, possibly exposing the personal information of nearly 3,000 faculty, staff, and students. University officials learned of the... | Read more >

 
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