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April 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Seven Killed in Shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California

Nationwide Protests Mark Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin at Seminole State College, Florida

Judge Overturns Fine Against Virginia Tech

Clementi's Roommate Convicted

Two Killed, Seven Injured in Shootings at U. of Pittsburgh Clinic

Preventing Suicide on Campus May Mean Fences and Nets as Well as Counseling

New Policy Places Greater Consumer Protections on Student Health Plans

Fifty Women Injured at Saudi University Protest

Tracking Violence Against Students

Campus Gun Bills Update

Is Counseling Outsource-able? Ask Georgia State

U.S. Students Returning to Beirut to Study

Counseling-Center Directors Worry Slightly Less About Serious Student Mental-Health Issues

Identifying Risky Drinking

Bomb-Maker in 2001 Arson at U. of Washington Gets 7-Year Sentence

Student Outburst at Florida Atlantic U Highlights Faculty Challenge

Judge Reduces Washington State U.'s Fine for Violating Campus-Crime Law

'White Pride' Chalkings Anger Many at Towson U.

Repeated Warnings Were Given About Hazing at Florida A&M

Psychologist Warned Penn State About Sandusky in 1998

Knife Attacks Cause Mayhem in Career College's Offices

Judge Orders Release of Pepper Spray Report, Except Officers' Names

ACT and College Board Tighten Test Security

U. Pittsburgh Frustrated by Repeated Bomb Threats

Privacy Invasion: Social Media Monitoring of College and Job Applicants

Baylor Law Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data of Entire Admitted Class

McGill U. Threatens Legal Action After Web Site Posts Confidential Donor Information

After Posting Confidential Student Information, Anonymous Twitter Account is Unplugged

Phishing Email Targets Duke Users

Univ. of Tampa Says Student Info Was Exposed for 8 months

Campus Security

Seven Killed in Shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California

A shooting at Oikos University, in Oakland, California, left seven people dead and three more injured on April 2. The alleged shooter, 43-year-old One Goh, is in police custody. Goh had taken classes at the small Christian... | Read more >

Nationwide Protests Mark Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin at Seminole State College, Florida

Seminole State College of Florida has expelled George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was unarmed and wearing a hoodie as he walked through the gated... | Read more >

Judge Overturns Fine Against Virginia Tech

A judge has decided to overturn the U.S. Department of Education's $55,000 fine against Virginia Tech for not immediately notifying everyone on campus of a threat on the day of the mass shootings in 2007. The judge said... | Read more >

Clementi's Roommate Convicted

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing another man in their dorm room, was convicted on charges of committing a hate crime, invasion of privacy,... | Read more >

Two Killed, Seven Injured in Shootings at U. of Pittsburgh Clinic

A gunman barred from his graduate studies at Duquesne University went on a shooting rampage at a University of Pittsburgh clinic on March 8, killing one person and injuring six others, who are expected to recover. The... | Read more >

Preventing Suicide on Campus May Mean Fences and Nets as Well as Counseling

A man is suing Cornell University for negligence in the suicide of his son in February 2010, when Bradley Ginsburg jumped to his death off of a campus bridge that did not have barriers. For not taking steps to block bridge... | Read more >

New Policy Places Greater Consumer Protections on Student Health Plans

New requirements from the Department of Health and Human Services will require stronger consumer protections for health insurance plans that colleges purchase for their students. Health plans offered by 2,000 colleges to... | Read more >

Fifty Women Injured at Saudi University Protest

Fifty women were injured after security forces and religious police attempted to break up a protest over poor management and discrimination at King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of women took part in the... | Read more >

Tracking Violence Against Students

A bill currently in the Senate could require colleges to track and report claims of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on campus. The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization contains a provision to expand... | Read more >

Campus Gun Bills Update

The rights to carry and to ban guns on campuses remained hotly contested around the United States during March. State higher education institutions in Oregon have banned guns from classrooms, buildings, dormitories, and... | Read more >

Is Counseling Outsource-able? Ask Georgia State

Georgia State University decided in March to outsource its counseling center staff to "increase institutional effectiveness in delivering mental health services to students." Critics of the decision say it will... | Read more >

U.S. Students Returning to Beirut to Study

American students wanting to study in the Arab world are increasingly choosing Beirut over Egypt or Syria, which became more dangerous last year due to uprisings and unrest. Although long synonymous with war and danger,... | Read more >

Counseling-Center Directors Worry Slightly Less About Serious Student Mental-Health Issues

A new report from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors indicates that 70 percent of counseling center directors worry about students having significant psychological problems, down from... | Read more >

Identifying Risky Drinking

Every student who seeks care at Cornell University’s health center is asked by a doctor about his or her drinking habits. The effort is part of a national movement to identify risky drinking in college and intervene... | Read more >

Bomb-Maker in 2001 Arson at U. of Washington Gets 7-Year Sentence

Justin Solondz, a member of a radical environmental group who created a bomb that caused over $6 million in damages to the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture in 2001, has been sentenced to seven... | Read more >

Student Outburst at Florida Atlantic U Highlights Faculty Challenge

A student at Florida Atlantic University who yelled racial slurs at an instructor in class was physically removed from the class and tased after refusing to get into a police car. The student, a black female, made remarks... | Read more >

Judge Reduces Washington State U.'s Fine for Violating Campus-Crime Law

A federal judge reduced a penalty for Washington State University from $82,500 to $15,000 for violating the Clery Act, the main federal law on campus crime reporting. A review by the Department of Education in 2011 had... | Read more >

'White Pride' Chalkings Anger Many at Towson U.

Members of the Towson University chapter of Youth for Western Civilization chalked "white pride" in several campus locations in March, concerning students who felt unsafe with the organization being on campus. The... | Read more >

Repeated Warnings Were Given About Hazing at Florida A&M

An investigation by the Associated Press and the Tallahassee Democrat found that Florida A&M University officials had received numerous reports of hazing in the marching band. Since November, when a band member was... | Read more >

Psychologist Warned Penn State About Sandusky in 1998

A psychologist has come forward with the claim that she warned Pennsylvania State University about Jerry Sandusky in 1998, calling him a "likely pedophile" after she treated a boy who described being hugged by... | Read more >

Knife Attacks Cause Mayhem in Career College's Offices

A mentally ill man stabbed four people at Miami-Jacobs Career College, including two employees and a student. The 37-year-old man, John W. Mallett, was shot by a police officer. The attack appeared to be random. Four men,... | Read more >

Judge Orders Release of Pepper Spray Report, Except Officers' Names

The University of California must release its full report on police officers' use of pepper spray to disperse student protesters last fall, according to a county judge's ruling on March 27. The judge decided that... | Read more >

ACT and College Board Tighten Test Security

Security enhancements for high school students taking the ACT and SAT exams will soon require them to upload photos of themselves when they register for the tests. The image will be printed on the test taker's... | Read more >

U. Pittsburgh Frustrated by Repeated Bomb Threats

The University of Pittsburgh has experienced 16 bomb threats since late February. The latest occurred on April 4, when three buildings were evacuated. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to investigate the... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Privacy Invasion: Social Media Monitoring of College and Job Applicants

Job candidates are increasingly being asked for their Facebook login information by employers who not only want to look at their potential employees' social networking profile but also to have a look at their account as... | Read more >

Baylor Law Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data of Entire Admitted Class

Due to "technical difficulties," students at Baylor Law School received an email with an attachment containing the personal information of everyone else in their admitted class. The information included names,... | Read more >

McGill U. Threatens Legal Action After Web Site Posts Confidential Donor Information

An anonymous Website posted confidential information in March about McGill University's fundraising strategies and donors. McGillLeaks has since been shut down. The material included donors' personal information and... | Read more >

After Posting Confidential Student Information, Anonymous Twitter Account is Unplugged

An anonymous Twitter account that posted confidential information about students at Lindenwood University, Missouri, has been shut down. The account, called LindenLeaks, published the names, phone numbers, email addresses,... | Read more >

Phishing Email Targets Duke Users

A new phishing scam has targeted Duke University, where 2,000 users received an email on March 26 asking them to confirm their login information. The email claimed to be sent on behalf of Duke due to a virus identified in... | Read more >

Univ. of Tampa Says Student Info Was Exposed for 8 months

A data breach at the University of Tampa affected more than 6,800 students who enrolled last fall and an additional 22,722 faculty, staff, and other students. Three files containing names, Social Security numbers, and dates... | Read more >

 
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