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March 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Arizona Bill Would Require Colleges to Report Some Violent Students

Legislative Proposals in 9 States Would Allow Guns on Campuses

Racial Tensions at Several Campuses

In Huntsville, a Shattered Department Picks Up the Pieces

American U. in Cairo Reopens, Causing Tension for Some Faculty Members

Bath Salts, Spice and Drugs That Entice

It Takes a Village to Reduce High-Risk Drinking

Dealing (With) Drugs at Elite Colleges

Shelving Hunger

7 Percent of Football Players at Top Programs Have Criminal Records, Report Says

Two Southern University Students Killed in Two Days

Widener Professor Could Lose Job for Hypothetical Talk of Dean's Shooting

Tragedy at a Party at Youngstown State U.

With 150,000 Cardholders, Testing New Access Control System is Vital

Ohio U. Is Found to Have Unfairly Branded a Professor a Bully

More Questions on Notre Dame Response to Sex Assaults

Colleges Consider Updated Pager Technology for Emergency Alerts

Is Sacramento State Crime-Ridden?

U. of Minnesota Ends Inquiry Into Death of Schizophrenia Patient

A&M Student Dies from Bacterial Meningitis

UMass Boston Professor May Be 5th Measles Case in Area

Lawsuit Accuses Texas Christian U. of Fraud in Case Involving Athletes and Allegations of Rape

Student Arrested for Stalking and Threatening Prof

Sit-In at Dickinson Over Sex Assault Policies

U.S. Colleges Report Students in New Zealand Are Safe

Panelists Debate How Far Colleges Should Go to Monitor Online Behavior

College Tech Leaders Keep Their Campuses Connected, Even in Blizzards

Princeton Student Reveals Way to Access Students’ Personal Data

Reed College Seeks to Stop Copycat Website

East Carolina Students Report Money Missing From Accounts After Store Security Breach

Most Google, Facebook Users Fret Over Privacy

Immaculata University's Cell Phone Photography Class Teaches More Than Just How to Take Pretty Pictures

Password Reuse Opens Doors for Cyber Criminals

Heads Roll After U. Iowa Breach

Six Ways Your Online Privacy Is at Risk

Campus Security

Arizona Bill Would Require Colleges to Report Some Violent Students

Arizona legislation drafted in response to the mass shooting by Jared Lee Loughner, a former Pima Community College student, would require colleges to report students to behavioral health agencies if they are expelled or... | Read more >

Legislative Proposals in 9 States Would Allow Guns on Campuses

Proposals for laws in nine states, including Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Arizona, are intended to restrict the ability of public institutions' anti-gun policies for their campuses. The legislation in most states would allow... | Read more >

Racial Tensions at Several Campuses

Two racially charged incidents at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa have prompted the university community to publicly decry racism on campus. On February 11, a member of a white fraternity shouted racial epithets from... | Read more >

In Huntsville, a Shattered Department Picks Up the Pieces

Last February, four biology professors and a staff assistant at the University of Alabama at Huntsville were shot by fellow professor Amy Bishop. In order to get through the rest of the semester, a former chair took over the... | Read more >

American U. in Cairo Reopens, Causing Tension for Some Faculty Members

The American University in Cairo reopened in mid-February, but some faculty members are unsatisfied with the way the university administrators handled their safety concerns. Many are still worried about the school's... | Read more >

Bath Salts, Spice and Drugs That Entice

A new substance is attracting the attention of policymakers and is alerting university administrators about the importance of educating students regarding the hazards of such products. The substance in question is marketed as... | Read more >

It Takes a Village to Reduce High-Risk Drinking

Several colleges are forming "campus-community" alliances with local bars and restaurants, as well as hospitals and law enforcement, to reduce risky drinking. This approach differs from the traditional education... | Read more >

Dealing (With) Drugs at Elite Colleges

A string of drug busts at elite colleges has prompted administrators to reflect on what this means for highly selective institutions. In October, police found a drug lab on the top floor of a Georgetown University freshman... | Read more >

Shelving Hunger

College campuses across the country are opening "food pantries" to help out students in a shaky economy. During the first week in February, two pantries opened at Iowa State University and the University of Arkansas... | Read more >

7 Percent of Football Players at Top Programs Have Criminal Records, Report Says

A new investigation shows that seven percent of football players who competed for programs ranked in Sports Illustrated's 2010 preseason top 25 had a criminal record. Sports Illustrated and CBS News conducted criminal... | Read more >

Two Southern University Students Killed in Two Days

Two Southern University students were killed within a few days of one another in unrelated incidents. Sheena Barnett, a 26-year-old undergraduate, was found beaten and partially burned in her home on February 19. Two days... | Read more >

Widener Professor Could Lose Job for Hypothetical Talk of Dean's Shooting

A tenured professor at the Widener University School of Law has been placed on administrative leave after students' complaints about his repeated references in class to the school's dean being shot. Lawrence Connell's... | Read more >

Tragedy at a Party at Youngstown State U.

One student was killed and 11 others, including six students, were injured at a fraternity party at Youngstown State University on February 6. The shootings followed a dispute at the party, and two men in their early 20s were... | Read more >

With 150,000 Cardholders, Testing New Access Control System is Vital

Western Michigan University will begin using a new access control system in March to handle the school's 150,000 cardholders, 600 card readers, 600 video cameras, and thousands of alarms, panic buttons, and other sensors. The... | Read more >

Ohio U. Is Found to Have Unfairly Branded a Professor a Bully

A journalism professor at Ohio University who was reprimanded on charges of harassing and threatening colleagues whom he suspected of opposing his tenure bid may be given another chance after a Faculty Senate panel recommended... | Read more >

More Questions on Notre Dame Response to Sex Assaults

The University of Notre Dame is once again facing charges that it was slow to investigate an alleged sexual assault. The Notre Dame student, who was accused of sexual assault by a student at nearby St. Mary's College, was not... | Read more >

Colleges Consider Updated Pager Technology for Emergency Alerts

Colleges are considering using wireless "first responder" messaging to issue emergency alerts to students and staff. RavenAlert, introduced by IntelliGuard Systems, mimics paging systems used at hospitals. In this... | Read more >

Is Sacramento State Crime-Ridden?

The police officers' union at the California State University System is advertising the idea that the Sacramento campus is crime-ridden and needs more police officers. Many on the campus are worried about crime due to several... | Read more >

U. of Minnesota Ends Inquiry Into Death of Schizophrenia Patient

The University of Minnesota has decided not to review a case involving the suicide of a patient enrolled in a drug trial at the university, despite a December plea by some faculty members who say the institution owes a fuller... | Read more >

A&M Student Dies from Bacterial Meningitis

A junior at Texas A&M died February 11 from bacterial meningitis. He had been hospitalized with the condition for three days. This was the second case of bacterial meningitis at Texas A&M this year.

Bacterial... | Read more >

UMass Boston Professor May Be 5th Measles Case in Area

A professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston is suspected of having measles, the fifth confirmed or suspected case of the disease reported in the past two weeks. The university and the Boston Public Health Commission... | Read more >

Lawsuit Accuses Texas Christian U. of Fraud in Case Involving Athletes and Allegations of Rape

A former student at Texas Christian University is suing the school after she was raped in 2006 by three athletes, two of whom had entered the university with criminal records. The student is accusing the university of fraud by... | Read more >

Student Arrested for Stalking and Threatening Prof

A 19-year-old student at Stetson University was arrested February 24 for allegedly stalking and threatening one of her professors. The student was apparently infatuated with her professor and sent him e-mail messages... | Read more >

Sit-In at Dickinson Over Sex Assault Policies

Students at Dickinson College staged a sit-in to protest what they said are insufficient policies to prevent sexual assaults. Several incidents involved women who knew their attackers, and students said they are frustrated by... | Read more >

U.S. Colleges Report Students in New Zealand Are Safe

After suffering from New Zealand's devastating earthquake on February 22, several American colleges and study abroad programs reported that their students in the country were accounted for and safe. The institutions include:... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Panelists Debate How Far Colleges Should Go to Monitor Online Behavior

At the National Conference on Law and Higher Education on February 7, colleges discussed whether they have an obligation to monitor what students and employees post online, and what that means in terms of policing behaviors... | Read more >

College Tech Leaders Keep Their Campuses Connected, Even in Blizzards

Colleges that must deal with extreme weather conditions are taking steps to ensure that their networks continue to run smoothly during events such as heavy snowfall or floods. The University of North Dakota at Grand Fork has... | Read more >

Princeton Student Reveals Way to Access Students’ Personal Data

A Princeton University student has created a website to demonstrate the breadth of student information publicly available on Princeton servers. Dan Li said he discovered last summer that anyone sending a request to the... | Read more >

Reed College Seeks to Stop Copycat Website

Reed College is trying to remove the website for an unaccredited college called the University of Redwood, whose website features much of the material from Reed's website. Reed officials suspect that the purpose of the website... | Read more >

East Carolina Students Report Money Missing From Accounts After Store Security Breach

A security breach at a bookstore at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC has left over 200 students with money missing from their accounts. The breach occurred in January, and students soon after began reporting... | Read more >

Most Google, Facebook Users Fret Over Privacy

According to a recently released USA Today/Gallup Poll, most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google. Nearly 70 percent of Facebook members surveyed and 52 percent of Google users are... | Read more >

Immaculata University's Cell Phone Photography Class Teaches More Than Just How to Take Pretty Pictures

A new cell phone photography class at Immaculata University in Philadelphia, PA, focuses not only on the quality of the images, but also on the ethical responsibilities of taking and publishing the pictures. Communications... | Read more >

Password Reuse Opens Doors for Cyber Criminals

Research shows that about 50 percent of phishing victims give up their password credentials within the first 60 minutes of an attack's launch, and 80 percent are taken within the campaign's first five hours. Reusing your... | Read more >

Heads Roll After U. Iowa Breach

Several employees at the University of Iowa Hospitals have been reprimanded after improperly accessing the medical information of 13 hospitalized members of the school's football team. The players were hospitalized in January... | Read more >

Six Ways Your Online Privacy Is at Risk

Search engines allow anyone with a browser and Internet connection to have instant availability to anyone's personal information. There are multiple dangers associated with having personal information visible to all. The... | Read more >

 
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