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February 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Permitting Research on Gun Violence

Computer Activist Accused of Rogue Downloading Commits Suicide

In Disasters, Colleges Take On New Mission: Providing Shelter and Aid

Dozens Killed in Explosions at Aleppo U.

Professor's Suicide at Texas A&M Highlights Intense Pressure on Faculty

Three Injured in Texas Campus Shooting

The Flu Is Back

Many Victims of Deadly Nightclub Fire in Brazil Were Students

Iranian Students at U. of Minnesota Question Bank-Account Closures

Lafayette (PA) Considers Actions on Underground Frats

Amherst Urged to Make Changes on Sexual Assault Cases

UNC Accused of Underreporting Sexual Assault Cases

Same-Day Shootings at Kentucky and Missouri Campuses Precede Obama Proposals to Control Gun Violence

U. of Iowa Defends Officials Facing Charges in Jordan

Florida A&M U. Moves to Fire Baseball Coach Over Sex-Harassment Allegations

Supreme Court to Hear Workplace-Bias Case Involving U. of Texas Southwestern

Former Widener U. Dean Resigned in Wake of Past Sex-Abuse Allegation

Campus Safety at Bowling Green State, Ohio, 5 Years After Virginia Tech

Assault Allegation and Hamline's Basketball Team

New Safety Policies Take Effect at University of Southern California-University Park

Ex-Official of Syracuse U. Charged With Illegal Taping of Athletes

Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities

Think Before You Post (Even If You're a Privacy-Settings Pro)

Dawson College (Montreal) Student, Expelled After Finding andTesting Network Security Flaw, Receives Job and Scholarship Offers

'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Rapidly Expands

'Convincing' Scam Circulates Indiana University Email Accounts

Columbia U. IT Urges Students to Take Precautions Against Vulnerability in Java

Former Student Charged With Anonymous Leaks at Lindenwood U.

Campus Security

Permitting Research on Gun Violence

On January 16, President Obama unveiled his plan for curbing gun violence. While most of the provisions dealt with background checks and bans on certain kinds of weapons, the plan also includes a move to end a Congressional... | Read more >

Computer Activist Accused of Rogue Downloading Commits Suicide

Aaron Swartz, who was charged in 2011 with the unauthorized download of over four million journal articles, committed suicide on January 11 at the age of 26. Swartz had become a leading and controversial figure in the... | Read more >

In Disasters, Colleges Take On New Mission: Providing Shelter and Aid

Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges have been focusing on the importance of disaster preparedness. However, most of that preparedness emphasizes how to... | Read more >

Dozens Killed in Explosions at Aleppo U.

Dozens of people were killed during explosions at Aleppo University, Syria, on January 15. Students were taking exams at the time of the explosions. Both the anti-government activists and the government blamed one another... | Read more >

Professor's Suicide at Texas A&M Highlights Intense Pressure on Faculty

The campus community of Texas A&M University was stunned to learn that professor James Aune apparently committed suicide on January 8. Aune, who was 59 years old, died after jumping from a campus parking garage. He was... | Read more >

Three Injured in Texas Campus Shooting

Trey Foster, 22, was charged in a shooting at Lone Star College's North Harris campus in Houston, Texas, that left three people wounded. One of the men wounded in the incident told investigators that he bumped into... | Read more >

The Flu Is Back

Flu season is hitting hard and college students are a particularly vulnerable population.  Close quarters like dorms and classrooms increase the likelihood of picking up influenza, which is back with a vengeance this... | Read more >

Many Victims of Deadly Nightclub Fire in Brazil Were Students

A January 27 fire at a nightclub in a small college town in Southern Brazil killed over 230 people, including at least 101 students from the Federal University of Santa Maria. The fire may have been started by fireworks or... | Read more >

Iranian Students at U. of Minnesota Question Bank-Account Closures

About a dozen Iranian students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities believe that their ethnicity may be the reason why the school suddenly closed their bank accounts without explanation. The TCF bank, which does... | Read more >

Lafayette (PA) Considers Actions on Underground Frats

Following the alcohol-related death of a student last spring, Lafayette College may reform its policies dealing with underground fraternities. Freshman Everett Glenn died last May after drinking alcohol given to him by... | Read more >

Amherst Urged to Make Changes on Sexual Assault Cases

A committee at Amherst College charged with reviewing sexual assault policies released a report recommending that the college "must acknowledge the problem of sexual misconduct openly and address it directly." The... | Read more >

UNC Accused of Underreporting Sexual Assault Cases

A complaint filed on behalf of 64 assault victims from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the school violated a number of federal laws protecting their rights. A former associate dean of students, Melinda... | Read more >

Same-Day Shootings at Kentucky and Missouri Campuses Precede Obama Proposals to Control Gun Violence

Shootings took place at two college campuses on January 15, the day before President Obama day before President Obama announced new proposals to control gun violence.

At Stevens Institute of Business & Arts,... | Read more >

U. of Iowa Defends Officials Facing Charges in Jordan

A former professor at the University of Iowa who was fired in August has filed criminal charges in Jordan against two top administrators at the school. The university's former medical school dean, Paul Rothman, and... | Read more >

Florida A&M U. Moves to Fire Baseball Coach Over Sex-Harassment Allegations

Florida A&M University's baseball coach, Willie Brown, was informed that he will be fired in the aftermath of allegations of sexual harassment by a walk-on infielder he cut from the team. According to witness... | Read more >

Supreme Court to Hear Workplace-Bias Case Involving U. of Texas Southwestern

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit involving a former faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who says he was harassed and discriminated against because of his Middle Eastern ancestry.... | Read more >

Former Widener U. Dean Resigned in Wake of Past Sex-Abuse Allegation

Michael Ledoux, a priest and former dean at Widener University, resigned his position in July after the school found out that he had been accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1980s. After the university's president... | Read more >

Campus Safety at Bowling Green State, Ohio, 5 Years After Virginia Tech

The 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech brought increased awareness of campus safety to colleges and universities as well as a greater need to communicate. To improve communication, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, uses an... | Read more >

Assault Allegation and Hamline's Basketball Team

Hamline University, Minnesota, has suspended its head basketball coach, dismissed one player, and suspended 14 other players from the team after an alleged assault on a woman after a game against Whitworth University,... | Read more >

New Safety Policies Take Effect at University of Southern California-University Park

New security measures have been implemented at the University of Southern California-University Park since a gunman wounded four people on campus on October 31. Some of the measures, such as prohibiting USC organizations... | Read more >

Ex-Official of Syracuse U. Charged With Illegal Taping of Athletes

A former media director for Syracuse University's athletics department was fired and charged with illegally videotaping male athletes leaving the shower room. Roger Springfield made the recordings over a 10-year period... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities

Coursera, a provider of massive open online courses, will begin a pilot project to check the identities of its students and offer "verified certificates" of completion for a fee. The validation process will... | Read more >

Think Before You Post (Even If You're a Privacy-Settings Pro)

College students often upload pictures to social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook to construct an identity they want their friends to see. Students assume others will use their online photos in the same way they... | Read more >

Dawson College (Montreal) Student, Expelled After Finding andTesting Network Security Flaw, Receives Job and Scholarship Offers

A student at Dawson College in Montreal, expelled after finding and then testing a network security flaw in the college's computer system, has received job offers throughout Canada, as well as a job offer and... | Read more >

'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Rapidly Expands

A group of educators has drafted "A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age" in order to protect the interests of students taking online courses, especially MOOCs, or massive open online... | Read more >

'Convincing' Scam Circulates Indiana University Email Accounts

A "convincing-looking" email scam is making the rounds at Indiana University, targeting students and faculty. The message uses the IU logo and prompts recipients to follow a link and provide password information... | Read more >

Columbia U. IT Urges Students to Take Precautions Against Vulnerability in Java

Columbia University is warning students to disable Java in their browsers due to "a critical security issue with applications that rely on Java." According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a... | Read more >

Former Student Charged With Anonymous Leaks at Lindenwood U.

A former student at Lindenwood University has been charged with three counts of computer-related tampering. The student is accused of coordinating the release of student information on a Twitter account similar to... | Read more >

 
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