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March 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Earthquake in Chile

Biology Professor Charged with Murder in Alabama Shooting

In Academic Culture, Mental Health Problems Are Hard to Recognize and Hard to Treat

Crisis Planning and Communications

East Stroudsburg U. Professor Suspended for Comments Made on Facebook Page

No Crackdown on Assaults at Colleges

At the U. of Texas at El Paso, Violence Shuts Down Cross-Border Studies

Rights of the Accused Debated in Sexual Harassment Protocol

Violence Against Educators and Students Is on the Rise, Report Says

Suspect Charged in Shooting of Northern Illinois University Student

Police Investigating Homicide of Manhattanville College Student

Van Crash Kills Temple U. Student and Injures Teammates

Lake Michigan College Bans Child Sex Crime Offenders

Complaint: U. of Alabama Slow to Use Emergency Notification

Tension On Liberal Oregon Campus Over Extremist Group That Meets There

Eastern Michigan University Officials Notify Campus About TB Case

Canadian Students Rescued at Sea, Official Says

U. of Florida Police Officer Shoots Grad Student

For Now, Cops Won't Infiltrate Dartmouth Parties

Commission Restricts Strong Alcohol in Iowa After Hazing Incident

California College Accuses Man of Threats

Course May Help Students Help Police Prevent Crimes

Frenemies of Facebook

Fight Identity Theft with Passwords

Microsoft Adds Identity Services to Offering for Higher Ed

A University and a College in China Draw Attention in Google Hacking Investigation

College Presidents Are Easy Targets for Cybersquatting and Hoaxes

Valdosta State University Hit By Data Breach That Exposes 170,000 Social Security Numbers

Computer Virus May Put 900 Southern Illinois University Alumni at Risk of Identity

Campus Security

Earthquake in Chile

Six Chilean university administrators on a mission to survey damage following the Feb. 27 earthquake were killed after their aircraft crashed north of Concepcion. The victims were high-ranking officials at the private... | Read more >

Biology Professor Charged with Murder in Alabama Shooting

A professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville opened fire during a faculty meeting Feb. 12, killing three professors and wounding three others. Amy Bishop, a Harvard-educated biologist, has been charged with a single... | Read more >

In Academic Culture, Mental Health Problems Are Hard to Recognize and Hard to Treat

The recent shootings at the University of Alabama point to the need for colleges to be aware that their faculty members and employees may be unstable. The same types of procedures that many colleges adopted in the wake of the... | Read more >

Crisis Planning and Communications

Crisis-planning experts recommend every college have a communications plan in place for emergencies. Many colleges are unprepared for the media onslaught and public relations challenges that follow campus emergencies like the... | Read more >

East Stroudsburg U. Professor Suspended for Comments Made on Facebook Page

A sociology professor at East Stroudsburg University was suspended for posting potentially threatening comments on her Facebook page. Gloria Gadsden said she was put on paid leave indefinitely after a Feb. 24 meeting with... | Read more >

No Crackdown on Assaults at Colleges

A student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who confessed to raping a classmate on campus this fall was allowed to remain enrolled and avoid major discipline. According to Jean Kim, vice chancellor for student affairs... | Read more >

At the U. of Texas at El Paso, Violence Shuts Down Cross-Border Studies

The University of Texas at El Paso has been forced to suspend activities in Mexico due to escalating drug-related violence in El Paso's sister city, Ciudad Juarez. Business school exchanges no longer occur; teacher education... | Read more >

Rights of the Accused Debated in Sexual Harassment Protocol

Faculty members at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale are working to ensure that new sexual harassment protocols include protections from charges that are deemed "insufficient." Last fall, the Carbondale... | Read more >

Violence Against Educators and Students Is on the Rise, Report Says

According to a report released Feb. 10, physical attacks against professors, schoolteachers, students, and educational institutions are increasing around the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural... | Read more >

Suspect Charged in Shooting of Northern Illinois University Student

A Northern Illinois University student was shot in the leg during an argument with another student outside of a residence hall on Feb. 19. Zachary R. Isaacman, 22, is accused of shooting Brian Mulder, 24, and is charged with... | Read more >

Police Investigating Homicide of Manhattanville College Student

A student athlete at Manhattanville College, NY, was found dead Feb. 22 in the college's staff housing, where she lived with her parents. Her mother was found unconscious. "We believe this is an isolated incident and it's... | Read more >

Van Crash Kills Temple U. Student and Injures Teammates

A 21-year-old Temple University student was killed, and seven others were injured Feb. 27, when a van in which they were traveling hit a guardrail while leaving the highway. The students are members of Temple's Bhangra dance... | Read more >

Lake Michigan College Bans Child Sex Crime Offenders

Lake Michigan College has banned child sex offenders from attending classes on its four campuses. Three students have been suspended under the new rule, but they will be allowed to take online courses. The decision was... | Read more >

Complaint: U. of Alabama Slow to Use Emergency Notification

University of Alabama at Huntsville has received complaints about the length of time it took to alert the campus after the Feb. 12 fatal shootings by Amy Bishop. It took nearly an hour for administrators to send an alert via... | Read more >

Tension On Liberal Oregon Campus Over Extremist Group That Meets There

An extremist group that meets at the University of Oregon is causing debate on campus, with some students saying the group makes the university a dangerous place. The group, Pacifica Forum, was founded more than 15 years ago... | Read more >

Eastern Michigan University Officials Notify Campus About TB Case

A student at Eastern Michigan University who contracted tuberculosis was treated and released from a local hospital. The student, who was employed at a campus eatery, is an international student and is believed to have... | Read more >

Canadian Students Rescued at Sea, Official Says

A Canadian ship carrying 64 students sank 300 miles from the Brazilian coast last week, but all of the students and crew have been rescued. The students were aboard the West Island College Class Afloat school ship Concordia as... | Read more >

U. of Florida Police Officer Shoots Grad Student

A police officer shot a 35-year-old doctoral student at the University of Florida on the night of March 2. A resident of the family housing unit where the student lived called police after hearing the student, who is from... | Read more >

For Now, Cops Won't Infiltrate Dartmouth Parties

Police officials say they will delay a plan to send undercover officers into parties at Dartmouth College in an attempt to reduce underage drinking. Dartmouth students, faculty members, alumni, and administrators had... | Read more >

Commission Restricts Strong Alcohol in Iowa After Hazing Incident

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission on Feb. 25 approved new restrictions on Everclear, a 151-proof alcoholic beverage, specifying that only one size of the drink would now be available on store shelves. The commission... | Read more >

California College Accuses Man of Threats

A 51-year-old man is accused of threatening former colleagues at the University of California Santa Barbara and threatening to attack the campus. Neil P. Baker was arrested Feb. 15 on suspicion of making a bomb threat with... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Course May Help Students Help Police Prevent Crimes

A course at the University of New Hampshire is teaching students how to help the city police department study and possibly prevent crimes. The course is being taught by Andrew Macpherson, a cyber terrorism expert who is now an... | Read more >

Frenemies of Facebook

College officials are concerned that a roommate matching start-up called URoomSurf may confuse incoming students with Facebook groups that were not created by the colleges. The URoomSurf-sponsored Facebook groups tout... | Read more >

Fight Identity Theft with Passwords

Creating a secure password is the first step toward security for online data. Many online attacks use commonly available programs to crack a password. The programs allow users to find out simple passwords within a few minutes.... | Read more >

Microsoft Adds Identity Services to Offering for Higher Ed

Microsoft announced last week that it is offering its "identity federation" services to colleges and universities that use Live@edu, which integrates e-mail, calendar, instant messaging, and online file storage. An... | Read more >

A University and a College in China Draw Attention in Google Hacking Investigation

Students at two institutions of higher education in China are suspected to have conducted the recent online attacks on Google and other companies. Evidence suggests that administrators at Shanghai Jiaotong University knew of... | Read more >

College Presidents Are Easy Targets for Cybersquatting and Hoaxes

A fake resignation letter posted online forced University of California president Mark G. Yudof to debunk the letter March 2 on his Twitter feed. The perpetrator was Kenneth Ehrlich, a visiting lecturer on the university's... | Read more >

Valdosta State University Hit By Data Breach That Exposes 170,000 Social Security Numbers

Valdosta State University (GA) was hit by an external hack in February to a breached server that contained employee and student information, exposing the Social Security numbers of up to 170,000 individuals. The university... | Read more >

Computer Virus May Put 900 Southern Illinois University Alumni at Risk of Identity

A computer at Southern Illinois University containing the Social Security numbers of 900 alumni was found to be infected with malicious software, which may have had the capability to seek out information. Letters were sent to... | Read more >

 
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