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January 2010

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Details Emerge in Fatal Stabbing of Professor at SUNY Binghamton

British Universities Will Study Violent Extremism on Campuses

8 Arrested After Protesters Attack Berkeley Chancellor’s House

University Sexual Assaults Stats Don’t Add Up

Maps Will Save Valuable Time During Emergency

UNC Student Dies From Reported H1N1 Complications

Italian Court Convicts American Student of Murder

Threats Against 2 Irvine Professors

Updated Report on Virginia Tech Shootings Highlights New Notification Delays

Colorado State U. Board Bans Concealed Weapons

Student Tries to Shoot Math Teacher at Virginia College

Kin Sue Harvard Over Son’s Suicide

Fear of Falling: Structural Problems Oust U. of Hawaii Psychologists

Univ. of Kentucky Student Fights to Change University Privacy Policies

Warrantless 2007 Boston College Dorm Search Upheld

N.J. Appeals Court Shields Fairleigh Dickinson in Student's Death

Report Names Top Threats to Campus Networks

Obama Names Howard Schmidt as Cybersecurity Coordinator

IT Course at Merrimack College Teaches Students How To Hack

Personal Data of 24,000 Notre Dame Employees Exposed Online; No Evidence of Access

Hacker May Have Accessed Eastern Washington University Student Information

Computer Data Breach at Eastern Illinois University Investigated

Computer Server for N.C. Community Colleges Hacked

Malware Infections Continue To Be Problematic for Penn State

75 Computers Stolen From Purdue Labs

Simon Fraser U. Uses 'Bait' to Fight Laptop Theft

'I Still Want to Stab a Certain Someone,' and Other Ideas Not to Post on Facebook

Knowing Your Competition

Campus Security

Details Emerge in Fatal Stabbing of Professor at SUNY Binghamton

A 46-year-old graduate student at the State University of New York at Binghamton was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of an emeritus professor of anthropology. Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani, a Saudi national,... | Read more >

British Universities Will Study Violent Extremism on Campuses

Universities UK, an organization that represents British institutions of higher education, announced January 6 that they were forming a working group to determine how to prevent violent extremism on campuses while protecting... | Read more >

8 Arrested After Protesters Attack Berkeley Chancellor’s House

A group of 40 to 75 protesters at the University of California at Berkeley stormed the grounds of the chancellor's house on the campus December 11, smashing windows, throwing torches, and yelling "No justice, no... | Read more >

University Sexual Assaults Stats Don’t Add Up

The Center for Public Integrity recently issued a report stating that sexual assaults on campus are dramatically underreported. The Center conducted a nine-month investigation, which found that more than 95 percent of students... | Read more >

Maps Will Save Valuable Time During Emergency

The Virtual Alabama School Safety Program is working to "map" each school in the state using Google Earth software to record information that first responders would need in emergencies. The map would allow location... | Read more >

UNC Student Dies From Reported H1N1 Complications

Lillian Chason, a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died from H1N1 complications December 16, after struggling for several weeks in the hospital. Friends and family were shocked and devastated by her... | Read more >

Italian Court Convicts American Student of Murder

Amanda Knox, a 22-year-old former University of Washington student who was studying in Italy, was convicted of the 2007 murder of her English housemate and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele... | Read more >

Threats Against 2 Irvine Professors

Envelopes with the words "Black Death" and an unidentified white powder in them were sent to two professors at the University of California at Irvine. Authorities have determined that the powder was harmless, but the... | Read more >

Updated Report on Virginia Tech Shootings Highlights New Notification Delays

A revised report on the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings reveals that university officials locked down some administrative buildings, including the president's office, and at least two officials warned their own families more than... | Read more >

Colorado State U. Board Bans Concealed Weapons

Colorado State University's board on December 4 adopted a policy that will lead to a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons on campus. The student government had urged the board not to impose a ban, arguing that concealed... | Read more >

Student Tries to Shoot Math Teacher at Virginia College

On December 8, 20-year-old student Jason M. Hamilton fired two shots from a high-powered rifle at a math instructor in class at Northern Virginia Community College. The instructor ordered other students to duck, and the... | Read more >

Kin Sue Harvard Over Son’s Suicide

The father of a Harvard University sophomore who committed suicide in 2007 is suing the school, citing negligence on the part of the university's student health clinic. The suit charges that the student sought help at the... | Read more >

Fear of Falling: Structural Problems Oust U. of Hawaii Psychologists

A psychology building at the University of Hawaii-Manoa was evacuated in September after architects performing a structural analysis of the building found that it was in danger of collapsing. Months later, members of the... | Read more >

Univ. of Kentucky Student Fights to Change University Privacy Policies

Kirsten Lovas, a senior at the University of Kentucky, chose to work with the university's student government to allow students to be able to choose how much personal information is shown on the university Web site. Lovas was... | Read more >

Warrantless 2007 Boston College Dorm Search Upheld

On December 23, a Massachusetts appeals court upheld a 2007 Boston College dormitory room search by police officers without a warrant. The search was prompted by reports that the students had weapons in their room. The search... | Read more >

N.J. Appeals Court Shields Fairleigh Dickinson in Student's Death

A New Jersey appeals court ruled December 29 to overturn a jury's award against Fairleigh Dickinson University in the case of Keith Orzech, a resident advisor who fell to his death in 2005 after drinking heavily during a... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Report Names Top Threats to Campus Networks

A recent study by WhiteHat Security, a web site risk management company, found that eight out of ten colleges were vulnerable to cyber attacks that could cost IT departments thousands of dollars. College networks are more... | Read more >

Obama Names Howard Schmidt as Cybersecurity Coordinator

President Obama appointed Howard Schmidt to be his new cybersecurity coordinator on December 22. Schmidt was a cyber-adviser for President George W. Bush, and previously served as chief security officer at Microsoft and chief... | Read more >

IT Course at Merrimack College Teaches Students How To Hack

A new course at Merrimack College, MA teaches students how to hack into computers and phones. Vance Poteat, associate professor of computer science, also teaches students how to detect if they have been victims of hacking. The... | Read more >

Personal Data of 24,000 Notre Dame Employees Exposed Online; No Evidence of Access

The personal data of over 24,000 former and current employees at the University of Notre Dame was made publicly available for more than three years. An employee mistakenly posted files containing the information on the site in... | Read more >

Hacker May Have Accessed Eastern Washington University Student Information

Nearly 130,000 current and former students at Eastern Washington University are being notified that their names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth may have been exposed as part of a security breach. The university... | Read more >

Computer Data Breach at Eastern Illinois University Investigated

Eastern Illinois University has notified about 9,000 former, prospective, and current undergraduate students regarding a breach of computer files that contain personal information. A computer was compromised by a virus, so... | Read more >

Computer Server for N.C. Community Colleges Hacked

A hacker accessed a computer server for 25 campuses of the North Carolina Community College System containing the personal information of nearly 51,000 people. The security breach occurred August 23, when a hacker remotely... | Read more >

Malware Infections Continue To Be Problematic for Penn State

Penn State University is notifying nearly 30,000 individuals about privacy breaches that may have exposed their personal information. Malware infections caused the breaches, which occurred in the Eberly College of Science, the... | Read more >

75 Computers Stolen From Purdue Labs

Purdue University is increasing security after 75 computers were stolen from campus computer labs in two buildings. Officials say 15 computers were taken December 18 and an additional 60 computers were stolen December 26.... | Read more >

Simon Fraser U. Uses 'Bait' to Fight Laptop Theft

Simon Fraser University in Canada is using "bait" laptops to catch thieves. The laptops are left around campus and let out a loud alarm if anyone grabs one, allowing security officers to quickly appear. A pilot... | Read more >

'I Still Want to Stab a Certain Someone,' and Other Ideas Not to Post on Facebook

A student at the University of Minnesota wrote on Facebook that she wanted to stab a boyfriend who recently ended their relationship. Amanda Tatro specifically stated that she would stab him in the throat with a trocar, a tool... | Read more >

Knowing Your Competition

A glitch at Johns Hopkins University last week allowed applicants to a job opening in the European history department to see the e-mail addresses of 105 people who applied. The university apologized for the error. 

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