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March 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Second-Degree Murder Conviction in U. of Virginia Case; Trial Highlights Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses

Student Health Insurance: How Much Is Enough?

As Deaths Mount, a Question Is Raised: Are Students Hard-Wired for Hazing?

New Guide To Help Colleges Promote Students' Mental Health

New Committee Will Advise Homeland-Security Chief on Student Issues

Fines for Misconduct on Campus Grow

Oregon Board May Try Again to Limit Guns on Campuses

Arizona State U. Finds Sexual Assault Reports Increase with Greater Awareness

Colleges Struggle to Combat Sexual Misconduct

Virginia Tech's President No Longer a Defendant in Lawsuits Stemming From 2007 Shootings

Technology to Treat Depression?

Professor's Lecture on Student's Arrest as Example in Journalism Class Stirs Controversy

Newspaper Column About Foreign Students Sparks Controversy at Kansas State U.

Longtime Watchdog for Campus-Security Group Looks for a New Role

Car Plows Through Occupy Demonstrators at UC Santa Cruz Campus

New Details on Police Monitoring of Muslim Student Groups

Montclair State Students Charged With Racial Threat Hoax

U.S. Student Reportedly Arrested in Egypt

Campus Outbreaks of Bedbugs and Lice

Police Arrest 17 at Texas Christian for Dealing Drugs

SUNY-Canton Campus Is Closed After Chemical Explosion and Fire

Cancer Center’s Rule May Lead Texas Universities to Curb Smoking

Jury Orders Alabama State to Pay $1M for Harassment

UC Davis Sued Over Use of Pepper Spray

U. of Michigan Faults Handling of Child Porn Complaint

Google Says New Privacy Policy Has Little Impact on Education Partners

Report Provides Characteristics of Data Breach Vulnerability

New Dot-XXX Web Addresses Causing Problems for Higher Ed Sites

After Uproar Over Anti-Piracy Bill, a Movie Studio Courts Law Professors

UNC Charlotte Investigates Potential Online Security Breach

Central Connecticut State University: 18,275 Social Security Numbers Exposed

Social Security Numbers Exposed for 6 Years, University of Florida Says

Campus Security

Second-Degree Murder Conviction in U. of Virginia Case; Trial Highlights Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses

On February 22, George Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Yeardley Love and sentenced to 26 years in prison. The judge can decide to accept or lower the jury's sentence. The two... | Read more >

Student Health Insurance: How Much Is Enough?

Although the American College Health Association recommends that institutions provide "an adequate and appropriate scope of [health insurance] coverage" for, among other things, "catastrophic illness or... | Read more >

As Deaths Mount, a Question Is Raised: Are Students Hard-Wired for Hazing?

In response to the hazing-related death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, the university suspended the band, fired its directors, and halted recruitment of new members. Florida A&M also decided to create an... | Read more >

New Guide To Help Colleges Promote Students' Mental Health

The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit group formed to prevent suicide by college students, and the Education Development Center have published a free, online, “Guide to Campus Mental Health Action Planning”... | Read more >

New Committee Will Advise Homeland-Security Chief on Student Issues

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created a new council to advise Secretary Janet Napolitano on security issues in higher education. The commission consists of 19 university presidents and academic leaders and... | Read more >

Fines for Misconduct on Campus Grow

Many colleges impose fines for conduct violations, especially for incidents that are illegal or very severe, as a preventive and educational measure. In January, Washington State University approved a provision to fine... | Read more >

Oregon Board May Try Again to Limit Guns on Campuses

Oregon's State Board of Higher Education may institute a new policy banning guns on college campuses, which would replace an administrative rule saying only the Legislature can regulate guns. The new policy, which is... | Read more >

Arizona State U. Finds Sexual Assault Reports Increase with Greater Awareness

Arizona State University experienced an increase in reported sexual assaults in 2011, which may be due to a greater awareness of such incidents. Eight sexual assaults were reported in 2011, and another four since the start... | Read more >

Colleges Struggle to Combat Sexual Misconduct

Many institutions across the U.S. are grappling with the competing interests of maintaining the confidentiality of victims of sexual assault at help centers, educating students about how to report an incident to the police,... | Read more >

Virginia Tech's President No Longer a Defendant in Lawsuits Stemming From 2007 Shootings

Virginia Tech president Charles W. Steger was dismissed as a defendant in the lawsuits filed by the parents of two students were killed in the 2007 mass shootings at the university." As we have asserted from the... | Read more >

Technology to Treat Depression?

New software for smartphones developed at Northwestern University uses data gathered by phone sensors with reports of mood to predict events likely to trigger depression. The phone then suggests ways to feel better, such as... | Read more >

Professor's Lecture on Student's Arrest as Example in Journalism Class Stirs Controversy

A DePauw University professor's journalism lecture on a student who was arrested is leading university officials to question whether he violated a policy against creating a hostile learning environment. In February,... | Read more >

Newspaper Column About Foreign Students Sparks Controversy at Kansas State U.

Concern about whether U.S. students and institutions are culturally prepared for an influx of foreign students has been raised following a swift reaction to a commentary, by a sophomore journalism and communications major,... | Read more >

Longtime Watchdog for Campus-Security Group Looks for a New Role

Security on Campus, a longtime watchdog group for campus security, is shifting away from that role due to increasing public awareness of campus safety.  The group believes that scrutiny of colleges' response to... | Read more >

Car Plows Through Occupy Demonstrators at UC Santa Cruz Campus

Several demonstrators at the University of California Santa Cruz campus were hit by a car after the group of about a hundred students blocked vehicles from entering campus during an Occupy Education rally. No one was... | Read more >

New Details on Police Monitoring of Muslim Student Groups

The Associated Press reported that the New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students not only within the city, but at schools such as Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Police sent an undercover agent... | Read more >

Montclair State Students Charged With Racial Threat Hoax

Two Montclair State University students who said they found a racist, threatening note on their dorm room door have been charged with creating the message themselves. Olivia McCrae and Tanasia Linton, both 19, were arrested... | Read more >

U.S. Student Reportedly Arrested in Egypt

An American student at the American University in Cairo was arrested on February 10 after being accused of trying to bribe people to join a strike aimed at pressuring military rulers to transfer power to civilian rule. The... | Read more >

Campus Outbreaks of Bedbugs and Lice

Recent outbreaks of lice and bedbugs at colleges across the country have officials raising question about how to stop pests and diseases from spreading among students in close quarters. At Huntington University, Indiana, an... | Read more >

Police Arrest 17 at Texas Christian for Dealing Drugs

Local police arrested 17 students at Texas Christian University on February 15 for dealing drugs. The arrest followed a six-month investigation. Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. called the arrests "shocking and... | Read more >

SUNY-Canton Campus Is Closed After Chemical Explosion and Fire

The State University of New York-Canton was closed for a week in February so crews could clean up after an explosion in a chemistry laboratory on campus. No one was injured. Firefighters have not yet determined the... | Read more >

Cancer Center’s Rule May Lead Texas Universities to Curb Smoking

New rules at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas on tobacco use may affect Texas universities, which have been slow to follow the national movement to ban smoking on campuses. The cancer institute is... | Read more >

Jury Orders Alabama State to Pay $1M for Harassment

Three women who sued Alabama State University for sexual harassment were awarded $1 million by a federal jury. The women claimed their supervisor – who is a black woman - used racial slurs towards, and sexually... | Read more >

UC Davis Sued Over Use of Pepper Spray

A lawsuit brought by 17 students and two alumni against police officers and administrators at the University of California at Davis charges excessive force and suppression of free speech at a peaceful protest last year. The... | Read more >

U. of Michigan Faults Handling of Child Porn Complaint

A report released by the University of Michigan is critical of how it handled a complaint that a university medical resident had a flash drive containing child pornography. The report criticized the university for taking... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Google Says New Privacy Policy Has Little Impact on Education Partners

An update on Google will mean privacy policy changes for millions of users starting March 1. The company plans to combine user data across its lineup of services, including Gmail, Android, YouTube, and others. Like... | Read more >

Report Provides Characteristics of Data Breach Vulnerability

According to a recent report by Trustwave, organizations most susceptible to data breaches include those that allow employees to use weak passwords, such as "password1." The provider of information security and... | Read more >

New Dot-XXX Web Addresses Causing Problems for Higher Ed Sites

New dot-xxx Web addresses are turning out to be a pain for colleges and universities whose domain names are being purchased and used for pornographic sites. In January, the University of Hawaii found out that somebody had... | Read more >

After Uproar Over Anti-Piracy Bill, a Movie Studio Courts Law Professors

A movie studio is asking law professors to hold conversations about how to prevent copyright infringement after opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, which prompted worldwide protests in January.... | Read more >

UNC Charlotte Investigates Potential Online Security Breach

An online security breach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte allowed private information to be leaked onto the Internet. Officials have not specified what kind of information may have been leaked but said they... | Read more >

Central Connecticut State University: 18,275 Social Security Numbers Exposed

At Central Connecticut State University, a security breach exposed the Social Security numbers of 18,275 students and current and former employees. A "Z-bot" virus had infected a business office computer, which... | Read more >

Social Security Numbers Exposed for 6 Years, University of Florida Says

The University of Florida says 719 Social Security numbers were improperly posted on a state website for over six years. The numbers were posted on the state Bureau of Unclaimed Property site after the university submitted... | Read more >

 
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