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April 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Universities Suspend Study-Abroad Programs in Areas of Mexico Hit by Drug Violence

Virginia Legislation Would Bring More Transparency to Threat-Assessment Teams

Cornell Confronts Suicides, Reputation

Confrontation Between Student and Professor at Portland State University Raises Questions About School Security, Guns on Campus

Northern Illinois University Probes Motives, Response to 2008 Shootings

Aspire to College Degree Without Fear

Waiting to Inhale: Rallies Promote Marijuana as a Solution to Campus Drinking

U. of Chicago Student Questions University's Reaction to Facebook Post

Florida International U. to Review Its Response in Athlete's Stabbing Death

As College Basketball Grows, Concussions Are a Side Effect

Chaplains Decry Vandalism of Muslim Center at Brandeis U.

College Football Player Dies of Injury Suffered in Spring Practice

Serious Lab Accident at UCLA in 2007 Was Not Reported

Custodial Worker at Ohio State U. Uses Gun to Kill Manager and Himself

Online Postings Warn of Another Va. Tech Attack

Georgia Tech Students Develop Digital Locks for Shared Bikes

Oklahoma College Students Warned of Dangers of Meningitis

Students Officially Excluded from Plattsburgh State Due to Mumps Outbreak

Winthrop U. Cancels Classes After Fire Damages a Classroom Building

University Research Group Takes on State-Sponsored Computer Attacks

Facebook Privacy Blunder Is Boon for Berkeley Legal Scholar

Online, 'Trust No One'

Poor Security Questions Put E-mails at Risk

Theft of Data on 3.3 Million Student Loan Borrowers

Bogus Intranets Scam University Students

U.S. Naval Academy Expands Cybersecurity Program

Stolen Computer Puts Vanderbilt Students at Risk

Fake Drug Scam Hijacks UK College Websites

Campus Security

Universities Suspend Study-Abroad Programs in Areas of Mexico Hit by Drug Violence

A travel warning issued March 14 from the State Department has caused several U.S. universities to suspend study abroad programs in some areas of Mexico. The warning urges U.S. citizens to delay travel to three states in... | Read more >

Virginia Legislation Would Bring More Transparency to Threat-Assessment Teams

Legislation in Virginia would allow greater public access to information gathered on people being watched by campus threat assessment teams. The bill was a response to the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. It would require... | Read more >

Cornell Confronts Suicides, Reputation

Three undergraduates at Cornell University fell to their deaths in the past month, prompting university officials to post lookouts on bridges over gorges and to go door-to-door to check on students. University spokeswoman... | Read more >

Confrontation Between Student and Professor at Portland State University Raises Questions About School Security, Guns on Campus

An economics professor at Portland State University was suspended after denouncing a student as a government informant and killer. Professor John Hall also reported to school police that the student, Zachary Bucharest, was... | Read more >

Northern Illinois University Probes Motives, Response to 2008 Shootings

A report released March 18 examines the events that led to the Feb. 2008 shootings at Northern Illinois University, when Steven Kazmierczak killed five students and wounded 21 others. The 300-page report details Kazmierczak's... | Read more >

Aspire to College Degree Without Fear

New research shows that, despite past speculation that those who aspire to a college degree but fail to attain one will suffer psychologically compared to those who do attain a degree, there is little difference in mental... | Read more >

Waiting to Inhale: Rallies Promote Marijuana as a Solution to Campus Drinking

April 1 marked the beginning of Alcohol Awareness Month, and students on more than 80 college campuses in 34 states united for what they believe is a safer alternative to alcohol: marijuana. According to the National Institute... | Read more >

U. of Chicago Student Questions University's Reaction to Facebook Post

A student at the University of Chicago said he was questioned by university police because of a Facebook post. Joseph Dozier, a third-year student, posted a comment on his Facebook page about a dream he had in which he... | Read more >

Florida International U. to Review Its Response in Athlete's Stabbing Death

A stabbing at Florida International University has prompted the school to conduct an internal inquiry into its response to the emergency. A student at the university stabbed a football player to death on March 25. The... | Read more >

As College Basketball Grows, Concussions Are a Side Effect

A study by the National College Athletic Association found that more college basketball players are suffering concussions. Head and facial injuries in basketball increased by an annual average of 6.2 percent from 1988 to 2004.... | Read more >

Chaplains Decry Vandalism of Muslim Center at Brandeis U.

A Muslim center at Brandeis University was vandalized March 4. The Muslim Student Association reported that it had been struggling for recognition and better physical accommodations, and before the vandalism the group finally... | Read more >

College Football Player Dies of Injury Suffered in Spring Practice

A football player at Tarleton State University died March 29 after suffering a head injury 2 days earlier during an off-season practice. The 18-year-old was injured on a "routine" football play. 

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Serious Lab Accident at UCLA in 2007 Was Not Reported

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has fined UCLA $23,900 for failing to report an incident in which a graduate student was seriously injured in a lab fire, a year before a research assistant was fatally... | Read more >

Custodial Worker at Ohio State U. Uses Gun to Kill Manager and Himself

A maintenance worker at Ohio State University shot two other workers, one of them fatally, and then killed himself March 9. The gunman had been told that he would be fired due to poor performance. The shootings took place... | Read more >

Online Postings Warn of Another Va. Tech Attack

Almost three years after Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, e-mails and Internet postings originating in Italy threatened another attack on the campus. Increased security on campus was noticeable, even though... | Read more >

Georgia Tech Students Develop Digital Locks for Shared Bikes

Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an automatic system for unlocking bikes used by Emory University's bike-sharing program. Students will soon be able use a bike by sending a text message with the... | Read more >

Oklahoma College Students Warned of Dangers of Meningitis

An outbreak of meningitis at an Oklahoma school district has reminded college students in the area about the dangers of the deadly disease. State health officials say college students are some of the most vulnerable to the... | Read more >

Students Officially Excluded from Plattsburgh State Due to Mumps Outbreak

A mumps outbreak at Plattsburgh State has forced officials to exclude as many as 170 students from campus because they are not fully vaccinated against the disease. Students could be out up to 26 days after the final confirmed... | Read more >

Winthrop U. Cancels Classes After Fire Damages a Classroom Building

Winthrop University, South Carolina, cancelled classes March 8 due to a fire in Owens Hall, one of the institution's newest buildings. Officials expect that much of the interior will have to be replaced because of smoke and... | Read more >

Cyber Security

University Research Group Takes on State-Sponsored Computer Attacks

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara are collaborating with UC Berkeley and Georgia Institute of Technology to develop a system that automatically identifies attacks on the Internet. The research team... | Read more >

Facebook Privacy Blunder Is Boon for Berkeley Legal Scholar

To settle a lawsuit involving privacy violations, Facebook is planning to invest $6 million to start a grant-making foundation focused on promoting online privacy. The new privacy center will "fund and sponsor programs... | Read more >

Online, 'Trust No One'

Following last month's incident in which a professor at East Stroudsburg University was put on administrative leave for provocative Facebook posts, faculty are being cautioned against making frank postings online. Chris... | Read more >

Poor Security Questions Put E-mails at Risk

Security experts say that attackers can break into at least 1 in every 80 e-mail accounts if they get three chances to guess answers to questions used as security checks, since information people use as answers is often... | Read more >

Theft of Data on 3.3 Million Student Loan Borrowers

The personal information on 3.3 million student loan borrowers was stolen from the Educational Credit Management Corporation, a guarantor of student federal loans, during the weekend of March 20-21. The information - including... | Read more >

Bogus Intranets Scam University Students

According to the security company RSA, universities and their students will soon be targeted by online criminals. The company has recently detected a sudden rise in targeted attacks on U.S. universities, particularly public... | Read more >

U.S. Naval Academy Expands Cybersecurity Program

The U.S. Naval Academy recently presented a plan to expand its cybersecurity program in order to better prepare its students for "cyberwarfare." The Naval Academy created a new Center for Cyber Security Studies in... | Read more >

Stolen Computer Puts Vanderbilt Students at Risk

Officials at Vanderbilt University notified over 7,000 current and former students that their personal information may be at risk due to the theft of a professor's desktop computer in Feb. The computer contained names and... | Read more >

Fake Drug Scam Hijacks UK College Websites

Many websites of higher education institutions in the UK have been unknowingly pushing users to websites offering fake drugs. In most cases the spammers have exploited vulnerabilities in a widely used technology called PHP.... | Read more >

 
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