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January 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

More Reports on Cases of Sexual Abuse by University Personnel at Syracuse and Other Universities

Colleges Strengthen Oversight Plans in Response to Allegations of Sex Abuse Committed by University Personnel

Shooting Deaths Stun Virginia Tech and Prompt Examination of Quick Emergency Response

Hazing at Florida A&M, Radford U., and Beyond

Haitian Universities Struggle to Rebound

Using Social Media During Emergencies Piques Interest

Fallout From a Lab Tragedy

U.S. Justice Department Ruling Spurs Debate on How Best to Protect Students at Potential Risk to Themselves

Chinese Campuses Expand Counseling Services for Stressed-Out Students

Gun-Ban Challenges: New Hampshire Campus Braces for Protest; Policy is Upheld in Idaho

Gaps in Reporting and Investigation of Sex Assault Allegations on Campus Prompt Action

Pets or Therapy Animals?

U.S. Panel Backs Current Rules to Protect Human Subjects

Handling of a Murder-Suicide Draws Questions

Math Instructor at 2 Boston Universities Is Accused of Running a Drug Lab With Her Son

Graduate Student at George Washington University Dies After Contracting Meningitis

U. of Vermont Fraternity Is Closed Over Rape Survey

Education Department to Investigate Some of Group's Complaints of Anti-Semitism at Rutgers

Lawsuit Over Rape Allegation at Brown Is Settled

UC-Riverside Pulls Guidelines on Protests

Medical U. of South Carolina Researcher Is Arrested in Scheme to Sell Stem Cells

FBI Arrests Student For Bomb Threats

Arrest Warrant in Attack at Dean College

ASU System Back Online After Breach

U. of Alaska Slows Internet to Curb Illegal Downloading

UCLA Hospitals Sued Over Patient Data Breach

How to Handle Virtual Desktops, Wireless, Network Performance Issues

High-Tech Cars Raise Possibility of Cyber-Attacks

Campus Security

More Reports on Cases of Sexual Abuse by University Personnel at Syracuse and Other Universities

Cases of sex abuse by coaches at Syracuse University and St. Petersburg University, a professor at the University of Oklahoma, and a Fairfield University alumnus operating an orphanage in Haiti provided further publicity... | Read more >

Colleges Strengthen Oversight Plans in Response to Allegations of Sex Abuse Committed by University Personnel

The child abuse scandal and possible cover-up at Pennsylvania State University may lead the NCAA to consider changes in its bylaws that would give it more power to punish athletics programs for violations that may not... | Read more >

Shooting Deaths Stun Virginia Tech and Prompt Examination of Quick Emergency Response

Virginia Tech experienced a tragedy on December 8 when a police officer was killed by a student from a nearby university. Ross T. Ashley had been a part-time student at Radford University as a business management major.... | Read more >

Hazing at Florida A&M, Radford U., and Beyond

Legal, public and institutional responses to hazing-related deaths at Florida A&M and Radford University, Virginia, were in the news last month, prompting examination of hazing—and not just by fraternities. At... | Read more >

Haitian Universities Struggle to Rebound

Two years ago, an earthquake in Haiti took hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed thousands of buildings, including many schools and universities. Now, higher education in the country is struggling to rebound. The... | Read more >

Using Social Media During Emergencies Piques Interest

Natalie Hanrion, a graduate student of criminology and homeland security at Missouri State University, is researching how people use social media in emergency situations. Hanrion said that in events such as the earthquake... | Read more >

Fallout From a Lab Tragedy

A new development in a case where a research assistant at the University of California at Los Angeles died when a chemical she was handling caught fire may change training and safety discussions at many colleges and... | Read more >

U.S. Justice Department Ruling Spurs Debate on How Best to Protect Students at Potential Risk to Themselves

The recent revision of a Justice Department regulation has many higher education professionals worried that it may limit the steps they can take to protect students who may be a threat to themselves. Guidance from the... | Read more >

Chinese Campuses Expand Counseling Services for Stressed-Out Students

Until recently, speaking publicly about mental health problems in China was taboo. Beijing Normal University is helping to change things with its extensive counseling programs that aim to prevent unhappy students from... | Read more >

Gun-Ban Challenges: New Hampshire Campus Braces for Protest; Policy is Upheld in Idaho

Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, had prepared for a possibly violent gun-rights protest on December 9.  The university told students they did not have to attend classes that day. Fears were that activists... | Read more >

Gaps in Reporting and Investigation of Sex Assault Allegations on Campus Prompt Action

Gaps in reporting and investigating sexual assault on campuses continued to be reported at institutions in December, prompting some to take a hard look at their institutions. The Chicago Tribune reported that relatively few... | Read more >

Pets or Therapy Animals?

A federal lawsuit by a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney who was denied her request to keep a therapy dog in her university-owned apartment off-campus could signal a shift in the way institutions handle such... | Read more >

U.S. Panel Backs Current Rules to Protect Human Subjects

A report issued by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues says that the basic federal rules for protecting the human subjects of research studies are sound and do not need major changes. The... | Read more >

Handling of a Murder-Suicide Draws Questions

Concerns remain over how the University of Idaho handled a complaint by a student against a professor who eventually killed the student and himself shortly before this semester began. Kathryn Benoit, 22, became involved in... | Read more >

Math Instructor at 2 Boston Universities Is Accused of Running a Drug Lab With Her Son

A mathematics instructor at Boston University and Suffolk University will be arraigned in January on charges of running a methamphetamine lab out of her home with her son. 74-year-old Irina Kristy has been placed on... | Read more >

Graduate Student at George Washington University Dies After Contracting Meningitis

A graduate student at George Washington University died in December after contracting meningococcal meningitis. The student lived in off-campus housing. The university notified about 35 students, faculty, and staff who may... | Read more >

U. of Vermont Fraternity Is Closed Over Rape Survey

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter at the University of Vermont was shut down indefinitely due to a survey that asked members whom they would like to rape. The survey drew investigations by the university and the... | Read more >

Education Department to Investigate Some of Group's Complaints of Anti-Semitism at Rutgers

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights is investigating Rutgers University after the Zionist Organization of America complained that Rutgers administrators had not adequately responded to several incidents... | Read more >

Lawsuit Over Rape Allegation at Brown Is Settled

A former student who sued Brown University for, he says, forcing him to drop out after the daughter of a donor accused him of rape, has reached a settlement with the accuser and dropped the lawsuit. Details of the agreement... | Read more >

UC-Riverside Pulls Guidelines on Protests

Campus outcry at the University of California at Riverside prompted Chancellor Timothy P. White to put a moratorium on rules that would have regulated protests at the school. The guidelines required that events must: be... | Read more >

Medical U. of South Carolina Researcher Is Arrested in Scheme to Sell Stem Cells

An assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina was arrested in December for participating in a plot to "manufacture, distribute, and sell to the public stem cells and stem-cell procedures that were... | Read more >

FBI Arrests Student For Bomb Threats

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a student at Loyola University in New Orleans for threatening to blow up a building and kill five professors to avoid taking a test. The student, who e-mailed the two threats, is... | Read more >

Arrest Warrant in Attack at Dean College

Nine students at Dean College were expelled due to their involvement in a videotaped incident that shows a former freshman who attacked another student in a fight over a pair of sneakers. The video shows other students... | Read more >

Cyber Security

ASU System Back Online After Breach

Arizona State University was forced to shut down its online computer system on January 18 due to a security breach. ASU officials said that an encrypted file containing user names and passwords was downloaded by an unknown... | Read more >

U. of Alaska Slows Internet to Curb Illegal Downloading

The University of Alaska plans to slow Internet connections in campus dorms from 10 megabits to 2 megabits per second "to prevent students from infringing on copyrights when downloading movies, music, and videos."... | Read more >

UCLA Hospitals Sued Over Patient Data Breach

A November burglary of medical records and personal information belonging to nearly 16,000 patients from the home of a former physician at the University of California at Los Angeles Health System has prompted a lawsuit... | Read more >

How to Handle Virtual Desktops, Wireless, Network Performance Issues

Information technology professionals have several recommendations when it comes to handling security and desktop virtualizations issues. First, do vulnerability-assessment on software before you buy it. West Virginia... | Read more >

High-Tech Cars Raise Possibility of Cyber-Attacks

Vehicles with technology such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or OnStar connections are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to recent studies by university researchers and security companies. One found that a... | Read more >

 
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