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April 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Japan's Universities Struggle to Recover From Earthquake and Tsunami

At White House Summit on Bullying, Officials Explore Challenges for Colleges

For Gay Students, More Room on Campuses

Nearly a Third of College Students Have Had Mental-Health Counseling, Study Finds

Mental Health, Top of Mind

Academics Join Relief Efforts Around the World as Crisis Mappers

Middlebury Student Missing in Syria

Racial Attacks in Student Government Election at Utah

Colleges Face Conflicting Pressures in Dealing With Cases of Sexual Assault

A Call to Shun Harassment

College Freshmen's Emotional Well-Being Reaches Historic Lows

To Drink or to Study?

Colleges Fling Spring Parties

Hazing Fallout at Michigan, Middlebury, Nebraska

Federal Judge Limits Use of FERPA

Guns on Campus

School-Shooter Game Pulled From Web

Athletes' Concussions Could Pose Legal Problems for Colleges

New Online Resource Center for Gambling Addiction: Gift Horse or a Good Idea?

Education Dept. Fines Virginia Tech

After Fatal Fire, UCLA to Open Center for Lab Safety

Investigation Continues in UConn Student's Death

Notre Dame Fined Over Student Death, Will End Use of Elevated Scissor Lifts

Lab Technician Pleads Guilty to 2009 Murder of Yale Student

Virginia Retires Slain Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love's Number

Google Takes Heat Over App Security

Facebook Wants to Make Privacy Policy Clear

Anonymous E-Mails Can Be Traced to Authors, Concordia U. Research Shows

University of South Carolina Computer Breach

Missouri State University Alerts Students on Security Breach

Data-Stealing Virus Hits Virginia Tech, Potentially Compromising 370 Employees

Internet Cheating Scandal Shakes Japan Universities

Cyber Security Summit Signs UK-US University Deal

Helping Victims Fight Back Against Malicious Online Imposters

Campus Security

Japan's Universities Struggle to Recover From Earthquake and Tsunami

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 has left the country with emergency conditions, halting operations for dozens of colleges and universities across the country. All six universities in Sendai, a city of... | Read more >

At White House Summit on Bullying, Officials Explore Challenges for Colleges

A White House Conference on Bullying Prevention was held March 10 to discuss the challenges of identifying and dealing with bullying on college campuses. Conference participants, including Education Department officials,... | Read more >

For Gay Students, More Room on Campuses

College campuses across the country are becoming more aware of the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. Several gay teenagers' suicides in the fall have prompted concerns about safety and comfort, leading... | Read more >

Nearly a Third of College Students Have Had Mental-Health Counseling, Study Finds

About a third of college students have sought mental health counseling, more often for anxiety and stress rather than severe problems like violence or substance abuse. The results are part of a survey of more than 25,000... | Read more >

Mental Health, Top of Mind

At the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association on March 28, presentation subjects ranged from behavioral intervention teams and suicide prevention to using positive psychology to help students succeed.... | Read more >

Academics Join Relief Efforts Around the World as Crisis Mappers

Academics at universities throughout the U.S. are working on a range of web-mapping projects that are changing how crisis information is shared. Jen Ziemke, a political scientist at John Carroll University, is working to help... | Read more >

Middlebury Student Missing in Syria

A Middlebury College student studying at Damascus University, Syria, who has been missing since March 18, has been confirmed by officials to be in custody. U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling on Syrian authorities to free the... | Read more >

Racial Attacks in Student Government Election at Utah

Several personal and racially charged attacks on candidates for University of Utah's student government have prompted responses from administrators and student leaders denouncing the vandalism. Abuses have come mostly in the... | Read more >

Colleges Face Conflicting Pressures in Dealing With Cases of Sexual Assault

Federal law requires all colleges to resolve every reported sexual assault offense. In the past year, advocacy for alleged victims of sexual assault has intensified. The Center for Public Integrity published an investigation... | Read more >

A Call to Shun Harassment

An online project in March in which women in philosophy shared stories of bias and harassment that they have experience has prompted scholars to call for a shunning of their colleagues who have reputations for being harassers.... | Read more >

College Freshmen's Emotional Well-Being Reaches Historic Lows

According to a survey by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, the emotional well-being of first-time freshmen was at record low levels in 2010. The report found that just... | Read more >

To Drink or to Study?

A study presented at the American College Personnel Association's annual convention explored the impact relationships between students’ extracurricular pastimes and their academic outcomes. The study surveyed about... | Read more >

Colleges Fling Spring Parties

Recently colleges have begun cracking down on spring celebrations that foster high alcohol consumption. Earlier this year, the University of Connecticut decided to cancel its annual Spring Weekend celebration due to an... | Read more >

Hazing Fallout at Michigan, Middlebury, Nebraska

Hazing incidents at the University of Michigan, Middlebury College, and the University of Nebraska have prompted officials to suspend two fraternities and a swimming team. At Michigan, allegations from the parent of a pledge... | Read more >

Federal Judge Limits Use of FERPA

Public universities may have more difficulty citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to deny requests for information by reporters or others. The decision came from a lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Chicago... | Read more >

Guns on Campus

The Idaho Senate will vote on legislation to allow guns on public college and university campuses after it passed the House of Representatives on March 16. Legislation to loosen gun regulations on public campuses in Texas also... | Read more >

School-Shooter Game Pulled From Web

A video game called "School Shooter: North American Tour 2012" has been pulled from the web because of negative publicity. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors criticized the... | Read more >

Athletes' Concussions Could Pose Legal Problems for Colleges

Legal experts at a symposium on sports law at Harvard Law School on March 25 discussed the problem of long-term risks associated with athletes competing in football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, or any other sport in which... | Read more >

New Online Resource Center for Gambling Addiction: Gift Horse or a Good Idea?

The National Center for Responsible Gaming, a charity funded by a casino lobby, plans to unveil a new web-based resource center that discusses the dangers of gambling addiction and helps colleges formulate policies on student... | Read more >

Education Dept. Fines Virginia Tech

The U.S. Education Department fined Virginia Tech $55,000 for failing to immediately warn students of the danger after the first shooting during the mass killings in April 2007. Though charged with violating federal laws,... | Read more >

After Fatal Fire, UCLA to Open Center for Lab Safety

The University of California at Los Angeles announced March 30 that it plans to open a Center for Laboratory Safety to research best practices for lab inspections, training, and complying with federal regulations. The center... | Read more >

Investigation Continues in UConn Student's Death

A 20-year-old student at the University of Connecticut was killed March 22 when a campus shuttle bus struck him at a campus intersection. UConn police say the investigation remains open and that no charges have been filed... | Read more >

Notre Dame Fined Over Student Death, Will End Use of Elevated Scissor Lifts

The University of Notre Dame was fined $77,500 by the Indiana Department of Labor for knowingly assigning a student to life-threatening situations when he was told to climb a scissor lift during a wind storm in October to... | Read more >

Lab Technician Pleads Guilty to 2009 Murder of Yale Student

A laboratory technician at Yale University pleaded guilty to the 2009 murder and attempted sexual assault of Annie Le, 24, a pharmacology student. Raymond Clark III is likely to spend the next 44 years in prison. He will be... | Read more >

Virginia Retires Slain Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love's Number

Yeardley Love's uniform number was retired March 6 at the University of Virginia where teammates, relatives, friends, and fans gathered to commemorate her at the field where she played lacrosse. Love was killed ten months ago... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Google Takes Heat Over App Security

In March, computer security experts uncovered more than 50 malicious applications uploaded to and distributed from Google's online store for smartphone applications. Google said 58 malicious apps were uploaded to Android... | Read more >

Facebook Wants to Make Privacy Policy Clear

Facebook is rewriting its privacy policy to make it easier to understand and is preparing new tools to show users how their personal data is used. Facebook's intent to simplify its privacy disclosures has drawn praise from... | Read more >

Anonymous E-Mails Can Be Traced to Authors, Concordia U. Research Shows

Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal have developed a method of determining the origins of anonymous e-mails by analyzing the sender's writing style. The technique is designed to help law enforcement officials in... | Read more >

University of South Carolina Computer Breach

A computer breach at the University of South Carolina has exposed the personal information of almost 31,000 people across the state at all of the school's campuses. The security breach happened at the end of January and was... | Read more >

Missouri State University Alerts Students on Security Breach

Missouri State University suffered a data breach in November involving the names and Social Security numbers of about 6,030 students. The data, which pertained to students who studied at the College of Education during 2005... | Read more >

Data-Stealing Virus Hits Virginia Tech, Potentially Compromising 370 Employees

Virginia Tech officials are worried that the computer virus Zeus may have compromised the Social Security numbers of about 370 university employees. The virus, which is responsible for the loss of millions of dollars in other... | Read more >

Internet Cheating Scandal Shakes Japan Universities

Police in Japan are searching for one or more individuals who used cellphones to post on a popular website questions from entrance exams at Kyoto University and three other top universities in Japan. The user or users used a... | Read more >

Cyber Security Summit Signs UK-US University Deal

A conference on cyber security in the United Kingdom ended with a university deal to train more experts in cybersecurity. Attendees at the summit included experts from various universities, as well as the United Nations, the... | Read more >

Helping Victims Fight Back Against Malicious Online Imposters

A bill has been introduced in the Washington state legislature that would enable victims of online impersonators to pursue civil remedies when they are harmed at social networking sites and online bulletin boards. According to... | Read more >

 
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