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May 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Report Examines Violence Affecting Higher U.S. Higher Education Institutions

Kent State Charts New Course 40 Years After Tragedy

Lacrosse Player Charged in Fellow U-Va. Student's Death

Indiana University Reviewing How Dead Student's Absence Not Noted

Flooding Disrupts Exams at Universities in Nashville

Puerto Rican University Closes After Student Protests Turn Violent

U. of Texas Recalls Remaining Students and Staff From Northern Mexico

More Fallout: Volcanic-Ash Cloud Disrupts British University Exams

Stability in Mental Health

Football Player Dies Following Football Workout

Meningitis Suspected in Metro State Student's Death

Student Liability Claims Often Involve Discrimination or Alcohol

An Intervention at Reed

Prairie View A&M Disbands Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Over Hazing Violations That Ended in Death

University of California President: Hate Acts May Prompt Policy Changes

University of Wisconsin at Stout Attempts to Curb Alcohol Abuse

Watchdog Group Proposes Stricter Disclosure Requirements for Sexual-Assault Cases

Colorado State Rescinds Gun Ban After Court Ruling

Beating of University of Maryland Student by Police Probed by County Prosecutors

14 Illinois State Students Arrested in Sweeping Drug Bust

U.S. Plans New Rules on Student Privacy

Organization Helps Institutions Chasing Systems Compatibilities and the Single Password Dream

Facebook Considers Ways to Share Your Info With Sponsors

Digital Dirt: Screening Job Candidates Through Social Networking Web Sites

Web Site by Stanford Experts Monitors App Security

Cybercops on Watch: Forsyth Tech Prepares Students to Battle the Bad Guys Who Strike with Keyboards

Some Campus Networks May Not Talk to iPads

Knowledge of Online Safety Essential to Combat E-mail Phishing

Do You Need to Change Your Password So Often?

Campus Security

Report Examines Violence Affecting Higher U.S. Higher Education Institutions

A study titled "Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education" was released in April by the Secret Service, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Education. In an analysis of violent... | Read more >

Kent State Charts New Course 40 Years After Tragedy

Forty years after shootings at Kent State University left four people dead, the school is embracing the tragedy with a landmark commemoration. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students and wounded... | Read more >

Lacrosse Player Charged in Fellow U-Va. Student's Death

George Huguely has been charged in the death of Yeardley Love, who was about to graduate from college. Both 22-year-old lacrosse players at the University of Virginia, they had a romantic relationship at one point. Love was... | Read more >

Indiana University Reviewing How Dead Student's Absence Not Noted

Officials at Indiana University at Bloomington are trying to determine how a deceased student remained in his dorm room for a least a week without anyone reporting him missing. The 21-year-old student died in an apparent... | Read more >

Flooding Disrupts Exams at Universities in Nashville

Severe storms and flooding in the Nashville area prompted Vanderbilt University to cancel exams and some medical school classes May 3. Some students were displaced from dorms that suffered water damage. Other institutions in... | Read more >

Puerto Rican University Closes After Student Protests Turn Violent

The University of Puerto Rico closed its Rio Piedras campus indefinitely April 21 after 19 security guards suffered injuries during student protests. The students were objecting to budget cuts and changes to the university's... | Read more >

U. of Texas Recalls Remaining Students and Staff From Northern Mexico

The University of Texas has withdrawn all of its students, faculty, and staff from northern Mexico due to escalating violence in seven states. The move affects about 40 people. Last month, Texas and other U.S. universities... | Read more >

More Fallout: Volcanic-Ash Cloud Disrupts British University Exams

Universities in Britain are feeling the effects of the travel disruptions caused by ash from an Icelandic volcano that erupted in April. The University of Cambridge postponed oral exams because many students and examiners were... | Read more >

Stability in Mental Health

A new study by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors shows that the number of students arriving on campuses in need of counseling or psychotropic medications is remaining constant from year to... | Read more >

Football Player Dies Following Football Workout

A student at Hinds Community College, MS, died after collapsing on the school's football practice field. William Huzzie was not a member of the football team, but he was enrolled at the college and practicing with the team... | Read more >

Meningitis Suspected in Metro State Student's Death

A student at Metropolitan State College of Denver died April 8 of a suspected case of bacterial meningitis. The student lived in an off-campus apartment and attended one class at Metro State. The 26 other students in the class... | Read more >

Student Liability Claims Often Involve Discrimination or Alcohol

A report released April 7 by United Educators Insurance shows that 80 percent of student liability claims against colleges allege bodily injuries, and a significant number involve alcohol. The other 20 percent are mostly... | Read more >

An Intervention at Reed

Federal and state authorities told the president of Reed College on April 22 that the college needed to shut down drug use and distribution at the college, starting with an all-campus party that began April 30. President Colin... | Read more >

Prairie View A&M Disbands Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Over Hazing Violations That Ended in Death

Prairie View A&M has disbanded its chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity for violating school hazing rules and state law, ending in the death of a 20-year-old student in October. Donnie Wade, Jr. died during an intense... | Read more >

University of California President: Hate Acts May Prompt Policy Changes

University of California president Mark Yudof said the school is reviewing legislation on campus hate crimes in response to a recent string of racist acts on UC campuses. The incidents include graffiti of swastikas and a noose... | Read more >

University of Wisconsin at Stout Attempts to Curb Alcohol Abuse

Charles Sorensen, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Stout, informed students in a campus memo March 30 that he plans to increase efforts to curb alcohol abuse on and around campus. Sorensen said the school will... | Read more >

Watchdog Group Proposes Stricter Disclosure Requirements for Sexual-Assault Cases

The watchdog group Security on Campus is recommending that colleges be required to disclose annually the number of sexual assault hearings on their campuses. The group lobbies for legislation to make campuses safer and is also... | Read more >

Colorado State Rescinds Gun Ban After Court Ruling

Colorado State University voted May 5 to rescind a campus gun ban, citing a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling last month that overturned a similar ban at the University of Colorado. The appeals court sided with Students for... | Read more >

Beating of University of Maryland Student by Police Probed by County Prosecutors

Prosecutors in Prince George's County, MD are investigating the beating of an unarmed University of Maryland student by three police officers after a basketball game last month. The incident was caught on video by a student... | Read more >

14 Illinois State Students Arrested in Sweeping Drug Bust

Fourteen Illinois State University students and two others have been arrested on felony drug charges due to a sweep by state and local police. Most offenses involved possession and/or sale of marijuana, but other drugs were... | Read more >

Cyber Security

U.S. Plans New Rules on Student Privacy

The U.S. Education Department announced April 26 that it would soon be proposing new regulations regarding student privacy rights. Specifically, the department would revise rules to carry out the Family Educational Rights and... | Read more >

Organization Helps Institutions Chasing Systems Compatibilities and the Single Password Dream

More than 150 higher education institutions and a number of software companies, database providers, and other organizations have joined InCommon, a nonprofit group founded in 2005 that gives colleges software with a shared... | Read more >

Facebook Considers Ways to Share Your Info With Sponsors

Facebook now automatically shares users' personal information with third parties, including the music site, Pandora, and the consumer review site, Yelp. In April, Facebook announced new features designed to unlock more data... | Read more >

Digital Dirt: Screening Job Candidates Through Social Networking Web Sites

Many employers are now using social networking sites to screen potential employees. Because sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter contain personal information that is freely publicized, employers view it as a way to see... | Read more >

Web Site by Stanford Experts Monitors App Security

Internet security experts at Stanford University launched a Web site in April that monitors how well Web and mobile applications protect users' privacy. WhatApp has more than 200 applications listed, dozens of which have been... | Read more >

Cybercops on Watch: Forsyth Tech Prepares Students to Battle the Bad Guys Who Strike with Keyboards

Students in cybercrime courses at Forsyth Technical Community College are learning that the world of computer hackers and online fraud is shifting. For example, cybergangs, rather than single hackers, are a growing threat to... | Read more >

Some Campus Networks May Not Talk to iPads

Three institutions have reported compatibility problems between Apple's new tablet computer, the iPad, and their campuses' wireless networks. Cornell University is worried that it does not have the bandwidth to support a large... | Read more >

Knowledge of Online Safety Essential to Combat E-mail Phishing

E-mail hacking attempts at Texas Christian University in January and February have prompted the institution's Information Security Services to warn students about becoming bait for online phishers. Barbara McClellan, an... | Read more >

Do You Need to Change Your Password So Often?

A new study by Cormac Herley, a principal researcher for Microsoft Research, has found that most computer security advice "offers a poor cost-benefit trade-off to users." The study determined that the benefits of... | Read more >

 
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