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February 2010

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Earthquake in Haiti

Emergency Financial Assistance for Haitian Students on U.S. Campuses

H1N1: New Cases Down, Vaccinations Up

Study: Students More Stressed Now Than During Depression?

More Students Looking For Help at College Counseling Centers

Campuses Fine-Tune Nonsmoking Policies

Bill Would Allow University Professors to Carry Guns on Campus

Caltech Faces Another Suicide

Football Coaches Face Changing Demands

Rutgers Sorority Members Are Accused of Beating Pledges During Hazing

Deceased Southern Indiana Player Jeron Lewis Had Enlarged Heart

Ohio College Defies Graffiti Threat Against Black Students

Floods Disrupt Study Abroad Trips in Peru, Mexico

Panel Calls for More Screening of Scientists Who Have Access to Deadly Pathogens

U. of North Florida Plans to Fire Tenured Professor Accused of Battery

The Cost of Data Breaches Is Rising, Study Finds

1,400 Columbia University Social Security Numbers Leaked

Ohio University Admits Slip-Up in Computer Security

Online Scheme Exposes Distance Education Programs' Vulnerability to Fraud

Cyberspying Spotlighted in Google China Clash

Carnegie Mellon Conducts Internet Safety Awareness Program for Local Schools

University Network Security for the Rest of Us

Campus Security

Earthquake in Haiti

The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti had devastating effects on its students, employees, and institutions of higher education. Numerous Haitian universities suffered widespread damage. The entire University of Port-au-Prince, a... | Read more >

Emergency Financial Assistance for Haitian Students on U.S. Campuses

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has created an emergency grants program to help students from Haiti on U.S. campuses whose financial support has been affected by the earthquake. Accredited U.S. campuses are... | Read more >

H1N1: New Cases Down, Vaccinations Up

Colleges are experiencing fewer new cases of H1N1 or similar flu-like illnesses, according to the American College Health Association (ACHA). Some campuses are also reporting increasing percentages of students who have been... | Read more >

Study: Students More Stressed Now Than During Depression?

A recent study has found that the rate of anxiety and other mental health issues among high school and college students is five times higher than it was during the Great Depression. The study used 77,576 responses of high... | Read more >

More Students Looking For Help at College Counseling Centers

More students at four-year colleges and universities sought help at counseling centers in the 2008-9 academic year than in the previous year. The National Survey of Counseling Center Directors also found that, while serious... | Read more >

Campuses Fine-Tune Nonsmoking Policies

Last year, increasing numbers of college campuses across the country enacted smoking bans. Now, at least 381 institutions have total prohibitions or significant restrictions on tobacco use. Colleges are now focusing on how to... | Read more >

Bill Would Allow University Professors to Carry Guns on Campus

Sen. Jack Harper (R-AZ) is sponsoring a bill that would allow faculty at Arizona community colleges and state universities to carry guns on campus if they have concealed-weapons permits. The legislation is generating debate... | Read more >

Caltech Faces Another Suicide

A prominent physics scientist at the California Institute of Technology, Andrew Lange, killed himself January 21. There have been three other suicides, all students, at Caltech in the last year. Following those deaths, the... | Read more >

Football Coaches Face Changing Demands

Three universities have recently dropped their football coaches following allegations of physical and emotional abuse towards players. In December, Mike Mangino resigned under pressure from the University of Kansas after an... | Read more >

Rutgers Sorority Members Are Accused of Beating Pledges During Hazing

Six members of a Rutgers University sorority have been arrested on charges of aggravated hazing. Police say the sorority members repeatedly beat at least three pledges between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. A university official said... | Read more >

Deceased Southern Indiana Player Jeron Lewis Had Enlarged Heart

A 21-year-old basketball player and student at the University of Southern Indiana died during a game January 14. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Jeron Lewis had an enlarged heart and may have died from an unknown... | Read more >

Ohio College Defies Graffiti Threat Against Black Students

Bathroom graffiti at Hocking College (OH) that threatened the lives of black students on Feb. 2 has riveted the school for more than a week. Hocking has beefed up security and offered a reward for information about the... | Read more >

Floods Disrupt Study Abroad Trips in Peru, Mexico

Flooding near Machu Picchu has forced a group of 21 students and 2 faculty members from Gustavus Adolphus College to be evacuated from the area, where transportation routes are blocked. The group was there for a January... | Read more >

Panel Calls for More Screening of Scientists Who Have Access to Deadly Pathogens

A federal panel is recommending increased screening and monitoring of researchers, including university scientists, who work in laboratories that study deadly pathogens and who have access to substances on a list of 82... | Read more >

U. of North Florida Plans to Fire Tenured Professor Accused of Battery

A tenured professor at the University of North Florida will be fired following numerous incidents of unprofessional behavior. In September, Tayeb A. Giuma was charged with hitting a contractor with a board during a payment... | Read more >

Cyber Security

The Cost of Data Breaches Is Rising, Study Finds

A recent report found that the average cost of a data breach at U.S. institutions last year was the highest it has been in the past five years, when the study began. The report surveyed 45 organizations, only 7 percent of... | Read more >

1,400 Columbia University Social Security Numbers Leaked

Three laptops were stolen from a locked office at Columbia University sometime after Jan. 18. The laptops contained social security numbers of 1,400 current, former, and prospective students. In an e-mail to the affected... | Read more >

Ohio University Admits Slip-Up in Computer Security

Officials at Ohio University recently discovered that computers at two of their campuses contained Social Security numbers that had not been encrypted or protected from theft. They do not believe anyone stole or misused the... | Read more >

Online Scheme Exposes Distance Education Programs' Vulnerability to Fraud

An online scheme carried out in Arizona has highlighted how online education programs may be prone to financial aid fraud. In mid-January, a woman in Arizona pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy, mail fraud, and... | Read more >

Cyberspying Spotlighted in Google China Clash

Google, the world's top search engine, may shut down its Chinese site, Google.cn, after an attack was launched to access the Google mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. The attacks were delivered using PDF... | Read more >

Carnegie Mellon Conducts Internet Safety Awareness Program for Local Schools

The Carnegie Mellon Information Networking Institute kicked off a communitywide Internet awareness program at a local school on Jan. 28 to teach children safe online behavior. The program offers a pair of Web-based tools to... | Read more >

University Network Security for the Rest of Us

Handheld devices used to access the institution's network - including the iPhone, BlackBerry or some other smartphone - present huge challenges to universities' cyber security. Both members of the university community and... | Read more >

 
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