Secure U
   
November 2009

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

H1N1 Update

Dodging Swine Online

Counting Faculty and Staff Absences

After Amanda Knox, UW Tightens Rules for Study Abroad

Flaws Debated in Campus Crime Rankings

Curbing College Gambling

Carleton University Spends $1.6 Million to Improve Security on Campus

Michigan Colleges Rethink Campus Safety Approach

At Exam Time, Students May Face a Separate Test - for 'Smart Drugs'

Southern Methodist University Sees Some Progress in Fighting Substance Abuse

Spelman Student Killed on Campus of Clark Atlanta; Arrests in Skyline College Shooting

Lab Technician Is Charged With Murder of Yale U. Medical Student

Longwood U. Professor Killed

Texas Colleges Fall Short in Tracking, Reporting Crime

U. of California at Davis Says It 'Significantly Overreported' Assault Statistics

Rider U. Settles Lawsuit Over Student's Frat Death

27 Band Members Suspended at Jackson State U. for Hazing Freshmen

UCLA Student's Throat Slashed in Chemistry Lab

Lessons Learned on E-mail

Colleges' Transfer to Gmail Accounts Sends Students Mixed Messages

Cybersecurity Bill Pushes University-Business Alliances

Online Mishap at Eastern Kentucky U. Exposes Over 5,000 Employee Social Security Numbers

U. of Florida Has Security Breach Involving Safety Program

U. of North Carolina Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

Campus Security

H1N1 Update

The number of suspected swine-flu cases continues to increase at colleges nationwide. Between September 26 and October 2, an additional 6,326 suspected cases (up from 6,432 the week before) were reported at 273 colleges... | Read more >

Dodging Swine Online

As colleges and universities prepare for a flu pandemic, many schools are incorporating guidelines for distance education into their emergency plans. Various technologies are being developed to make distance education simpler.... | Read more >

Counting Faculty and Staff Absences

The University of New Mexico has introduced Absence Tracking, a daily survey to monitor the number of faculty and staff who call in sick. Health officials at New Mexico say they hope to be able to catch an outbreak as early as... | Read more >

After Amanda Knox, UW Tightens Rules for Study Abroad

The University of Washington is changing how its students and professors deal with foreign countries by including more oversight in its study abroad programs than it did two years ago. At that time, Amanda Knox, a student at... | Read more >

Flaws Debated in Campus Crime Rankings

A new Web site, the Daily Beast, ranked all colleges based on per capita crimes in federal reports and other factors. The rankings sparked controversy when Emerson College was deemed the most crime-ridden college in the U.S.... | Read more >

Curbing College Gambling

A report released September 29 urges colleges and universities to construct policies on how to handle student gambling. In its report, the Task Force on College Gambling Policies recommends that institutions handle student... | Read more >

Carleton University Spends $1.6 Million to Improve Security on Campus

Over the last 18 months, Carleton University in Ontario, Canada has worked to improve its security program. The improvements were prompted by a violent student assault in 2007 and a subsequent security audit that showed the... | Read more >

Michigan Colleges Rethink Campus Safety Approach

Colleges and universities in Michigan are focusing on campus safety and security by utilizing campuswide alert systems, refining emergency preparedness plans and stepping up various methods of campus crime prevention. Western... | Read more >

At Exam Time, Students May Face a Separate Test - for 'Smart Drugs'

An article in the Journal of Medical Ethics says that college students' increasing use of "smart drugs" or "nootropics" could mean that students taking course examinations will begin facing routine drug... | Read more >

Southern Methodist University Sees Some Progress in Fighting Substance Abuse

According to a new report, Southern Methodist University's new policies related to substance abuse have facilitated some progress, but problems remain. The school had enacted numerous policies after a series of student deaths... | Read more >

Spelman Student Killed on Campus of Clark Atlanta; Arrests in Skyline College Shooting

A sophomore at Spelman College was shot and killed by a stray bullet September 2 during a conflict on the campus of nearby Clark Atlanta University. Another student from Clark Atlanta was also wounded. Spelman president... | Read more >

Lab Technician Is Charged With Murder of Yale U. Medical Student

A laboratory technician was arrested September 17 and charged with the murder of Yale University medical student Annie Le. Raymond Clark III worked in the same Yale lab as Le, and was tied to the killing through a DNA match on... | Read more >

Longwood U. Professor Killed

A man suspected of killing four people in Farmville, Virginia was arrested September 19. Police found the bodies of Debra Kelley, an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice studies at Longwood University, her... | Read more >

Texas Colleges Fall Short in Tracking, Reporting Crime

Texas state audits and a review by the American-Statesman revealed problems with crime logs and annual reports among Texas colleges and universities. The federal law known as the Clery Act requires postsecondary institutions... | Read more >

U. of California at Davis Says It 'Significantly Overreported' Assault Statistics

The University of California at Davis has determined that it "significantly overreported the number of forcible sex offenses that were committed on and around its campus in 2005, 2006, and 2007." Two reviews -... | Read more >

Rider U. Settles Lawsuit Over Student's Frat Death

Rider University has settled a lawsuit filed against it by the family of a student who died of alcohol poisoning in 2007 after a fraternity hazing ritual. The university did not admit any wrongdoing but it agreed to a set of... | Read more >

27 Band Members Suspended at Jackson State U. for Hazing Freshmen

At least 27 students at Jackson State University have been suspended for two years for hazing freshmen in the marching band. The suspended band members are said to have beaten the freshmen last month, but none of the victims... | Read more >

UCLA Student's Throat Slashed in Chemistry Lab

A student slashed the throat of his female classmate in a science laboratory at the University of California at Los Angeles on October 8. Though it was between sessions, numerous other students were present. He was taken into... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Lessons Learned on E-mail

E-mails that have been sent are virtually impossible to erase, even those that have been deleted. The same holds true for personal information posted on social networking sites like Facebook, photographs displayed at Flickr,... | Read more >

Colleges' Transfer to Gmail Accounts Sends Students Mixed Messages

Many college campuses are debating whether to allow students to have their campus e-mail auto-forwarded to an outside account. Students are increasingly managing multiple e-mail addresses with "cloud"-based e-mail... | Read more >

Cybersecurity Bill Pushes University-Business Alliances

A bill to encourage cooperation among universities and businesses to carry out a strategic government effort to fight cyber attacks was approved September 23 by the House Committee on Science and Technology's Research and... | Read more >

Online Mishap at Eastern Kentucky U. Exposes Over 5,000 Employee Social Security Numbers

The Social Security numbers of more than 5,000 Eastern Kentucky University employees were mistakenly posted online on September 29, 2008. The file containing the information was removed from the Internet on September 18. There... | Read more >

U. of Florida Has Security Breach Involving Safety Program

The University of Florida experienced a security breach last month involving information from the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program. An unprotected computer file that contained 34 names and 25 Social... | Read more >

U. of North Carolina Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

The personal information of more than 163,000 women who participated in a research project at the University of California was accessed by hackers in 2007. UNC discovered the data breach in July and found traces of viruses... | Read more >

 
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