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March 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

U. of Maryland Student Shoots 2 Housemates, Kills Himself

U.S. Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Heads to President’s Desk

Arkansas Legislators Pass Campus Gun Option Bill

Group Seeks to Develop a More Inclusive Gauge of Campus Safety

Family of Tyler Clementi Will Start Center at Rutgers U.

AAUP Report on Sexual Assault

U. of Iowa Ceases Sending Student Data to Sheriff's Office Over Privacy Questions

Rule Barring Aid for Drug Convictions May Harm At-Risk Students, Study Finds

New Homeland Security Program for Campus Resilience

Study: Helicopter Parents May Cause Mental Health Problems for Children

Duke U Settles With Former Lacrosse Players

Rape Survivor Faces Charge for Discussing Allegation

Questions on Curry College's Delayed Notification of Rape

U. of Maryland Student Shoots 2 Housemates, Kills Himself

Central Florida Shuts Down Greek Activities

Gas Leak Sickens Chemistry Students at Villanova

Illness Shuts Union University (TN) for 2 Days

Tornado Damages Several Buildings at U. of Southern Mississippi

Charged With Embezzlement, Former Interim President Kills Himself

Hoax or Political Statement at Haverford?

Baruch College Students Face Trouble After Sign-Up Tool Strains Network

Educause Warns Members of Security Breach

U. of Oxford Turns Off Google Docs After Phishing Attacks

U. of Iowa Accidentally Shares GPAs of 2,000 Students

Campus Security

U. of Maryland Student Shoots 2 Housemates, Kills Himself

A graduate student at the University of Maryland at College Park shot two of his housemates, undergraduates at the university, and then killed himself on February 12. One of the housemates died. Dayvon Green allegedly set... | Read more >

U.S. Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Heads to President’s Desk

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 was passed by the House of Representatives February 28 and is going to President Obama for signature.  It includes the Campus SaVE Act, a provision that will... | Read more >

Arkansas Legislators Pass Campus Gun Option Bill

A bill in Arkansas, expected to be signed into law by the governor, will give public colleges and universities the option of allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus. If a college does not allow... | Read more >

Group Seeks to Develop a More Inclusive Gauge of Campus Safety

A group of experts convened by the VTV (Virginia Tech victims and survivors) Family Outreach Foundation began work on the 32 National Campus Safety Index, named after the 32 professors and students who were killed during... | Read more >

Family of Tyler Clementi Will Start Center at Rutgers U.

The family of Tyler Clementi announced on February 4 the formation of the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University. The center will help students transition from home to college and will offer lectures and training on... | Read more >

AAUP Report on Sexual Assault

The American Association of University Professors on February 14 released its first report on the topic of sexual assault. The report calls for clearer policies on the definition of assault, sound reporting procedures... | Read more >

U. of Iowa Ceases Sending Student Data to Sheriff's Office Over Privacy Questions

The University of Iowa has decided to stop sending information to the local sheriff's office on students who apply for gun permits. University officials are consulting with the U.S. Department of Education about whether... | Read more >

Rule Barring Aid for Drug Convictions May Harm At-Risk Students, Study Finds

A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that a rule barring students who have been convicted of selling or possessing drugs from receiving federal financial aid may harm at-risk students without... | Read more >

New Homeland Security Program for Campus Resilience

The Department of Homeland Security will work with six colleges and universities to review and improve their campus emergency and resilience plans in a new pilot program. The DHS Campus Resilience Pilot Program will also... | Read more >

Study: Helicopter Parents May Cause Mental Health Problems for Children

A study conducted at the University of Mary Washington found that helicopter parents may be doing harm to their children's mental health. Researchers surveyed undergraduates and found that those students whose parents... | Read more >

Duke U Settles With Former Lacrosse Players

Duke University has reached an out-of-court settlement with more than three dozen members of its 2005-6 men’s lacrosse team.  They had sued Duke in the aftermath of the controversy that erupted when a stripper... | Read more >

Rape Survivor Faces Charge for Discussing Allegation

A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who reported being raped is being charged with violating the Honor Code by the student-run Honor Court. Landen Gambill has talked about being raped in various... | Read more >

Questions on Curry College's Delayed Notification of Rape

Questions are being raised as to why Curry College waited almost a week to report a "group rape" to the campus. A student reported the dormitory attack on January 22. On January 25, three men were arrested, and... | Read more >

U. of Maryland Student Shoots 2 Housemates, Kills Himself

A graduate student at the University of Maryland at College Park shot two of his housemates, undergraduates at the university, and then killed himself on February 12. One of the housemates died. Dayvon Green allegedly set... | Read more >

Central Florida Shuts Down Greek Activities

An investigation of two Greek groups at the University of Central Florida has prompted the suspension of most fraternity and sorority activities. The two groups allegedly violated rules against hazing and alcohol abuse.... | Read more >

Gas Leak Sickens Chemistry Students at Villanova

A chemical gas leak in a Villanova University science center sickened ten students, at least one of whom was hospitalized. The leak occurred in a chemistry laboratory where freshman students were working with chemical... | Read more >

Illness Shuts Union University (TN) for 2 Days

Union University, Tennessee, shut its campus down due to the spread of a stomach illness. The university suspended classes and closed major facilities on February 11 and 12. About 300 of the school's 1,100 residential... | Read more >

Tornado Damages Several Buildings at U. of Southern Mississippi

A tornado on February 10 struck several buildings on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, causing tens of millions of dollars in repair costs. No one on the campus was hurt, as many students were away on... | Read more >

Charged With Embezzlement, Former Interim President Kills Himself

The former interim president and chief financial officer of Southern Vermont College killed himself on February 20. James Beckwith was facing federal charges of embezzling $440,000 while interim president. After the college... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Hoax or Political Statement at Haverford?

A student at Haverford College created a Gmail account in the name of the school's interim president, Joanne Creighton, to send emails falsely announcing need-blind admissions policies and generous financial aid for... | Read more >

Baruch College Students Face Trouble After Sign-Up Tool Strains Network

A system created by 19 students at Baruch College to check for open seats in popular courses created so much network traffic that it threated to shut down the computer system of the City University of New York. The students... | Read more >

Educause Warns Members of Security Breach

Educause, an education technology group, recently discovered a security breach on one of its servers, possibly compromising personal information from individuals' Educause website profiles or passwords of .edu domain... | Read more >

U. of Oxford Turns Off Google Docs After Phishing Attacks

A series of phishing attacks prompted the University of Oxford to temporarily block access to Google Docs. The attacks allowed people to use the program to collect email addresses linked to the university's network. The... | Read more >

U. of Iowa Accidentally Shares GPAs of 2,000 Students

The University of Iowa inadvertently emailed 2,000 students the GPAs of the entire group of students. The students, who were associated with the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, received an email including an attachment... | Read more >

 
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