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May 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

The Devastation in Tuscaloosa

In Tornado's Aftermath, Difficult Decisions for 2 North Carolina Colleges

Senate Bill Would Add Sexual Violence to Law on Campus-Crime Reporting

Call to Action on Sexual Harassment

After the Deluge: Disaster Might Hasten Change at Japan's Universities

Study Abroad in a Risky World

Counseling Directors See More Students with Severe Psychological Problems

New Studies Show How Life's Tough Turns Can Derail Students

Student Protests in Syrian Capital Turn Violent

Why Academics Suffer Burnout

University Teams Focus on Preventing Campus Violence

Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill to Allow Guns on Campuses

Responding to the Spill

North Dakota Campuses Work to Secure Data Amid Floods

Roommate Charged with Hate Crime in NJ Webcam Case

Lab Accident Kills Yale Student

Princeton Suspended Instructor 4 Days Before His Suicide

Renewed Fight on Fraternities

Gay Linebackers

Virginia Tech to Appeal U.S. Fine Over Response to Shooting

Shooting Stuns Community College in Alabama

Notre Dame Objects to Agency's Findings in Death of Student Who Was on a Lift That Toppled

Franklin Pierce U. Student Dies From Bacterial Meningitis

Man Charged with Murder in Death of York University Student

Ohio State Will Pay $1M Over Student Death

Don't Mention Virginia Tech

'Sending Silence Packing': Awareness of Suicide

College Costs and Selectivity May Influence Health and Behavior Choices

Middlebury Student Released by Syria

Laptop and Battery (Arrest) at Valdosta State

Landmark Online Privacy Legislation Is Introduced in Senate

New Rules Would Allow for Broader Sharing of Student Records

PlayStation Security Breach Could Cause Wider Problems, Affecting Colleges

College Board Reports E-Mail Security Breach

Videos 'Ripped' From Online-Course Footage Bring Threats to Instructors

Chapel Hill, Researcher Settle Dispute on Computer Security

Attackers Deface Monash University Website

Fake Web Site Pretends to Be Youngstown State U.'s

Personal Info on Stolen Laptops, Albright College Says

Campus Security

The Devastation in Tuscaloosa

Two students, one from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and one from Stillman College, died during the tornado last week that hit Tuscaloosa. While some campuses in town reopened May 2, others have canceled or delayed... | Read more >

In Tornado's Aftermath, Difficult Decisions for 2 North Carolina Colleges

A tornado that devastated parts of Raleigh, North Carolina, has forced Shaw University and Saint Augustine's College to make difficult decisions regarding recovery. Shaw sustained heavy damage from the tornado and decided to... | Read more >

Senate Bill Would Add Sexual Violence to Law on Campus-Crime Reporting

Legislation introduced in Congress on April 14 would broaden federal law on campus crime reporting to include sexual violence. The bill, introduced by Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), would amend the Jeanne... | Read more >

Call to Action on Sexual Harassment

On April 4, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights sent a letter to colleges and universities across the country reminding them of the Title IX requirements on the prevention of sexual harassment they must... | Read more >

After the Deluge: Disaster Might Hasten Change at Japan's Universities

Most universities in northeast Japan or Tokyo have been forced to postpone the start of their academic year by over a month, until the end of May, due to March's disaster. Some buildings are currently being used as crisis... | Read more >

Study Abroad in a Risky World

With unrest spreading across the Middle East and the tsunami and radiation crisis in Japan, U.S. colleges are trying to decide whether to allow study abroad in countries impacted by the State Department travel warnings or... | Read more >

Counseling Directors See More Students with Severe Psychological Problems

An annual report by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors shows that campus counseling centers experienced an increase in clients with severe psychological problems last year, with anxiety as... | Read more >

New Studies Show How Life's Tough Turns Can Derail Students

New studies presented at April's annual conference of the American Educational Research Association show that tragedy and disruptive change can hinder college students' educational progress in ways that hurt their chances of... | Read more >

Student Protests in Syrian Capital Turn Violent

A demonstration by hundreds of Syrian college students ended in violence on April 11 when security forces beat up and arrested several protesters inside the campus of Damascus University. The students were gathered in support... | Read more >

Why Academics Suffer Burnout

An analysis of 12 peer-reviewed studies in the U.S., Britain, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands found that levels of "burnout" among academics have increased, and are now equal to those of... | Read more >

University Teams Focus on Preventing Campus Violence

Threat assessment teams at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa investigate dozens of reports of harassment, cyber bullying, unusual behavior or mental health issues each month. As... | Read more >

Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill to Allow Guns on Campuses

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoed legislation that would have allowed individuals to carry guns on the campuses of state public colleges and universities. Brewer said she vetoed it because it was "poorly written,"... | Read more >

Responding to the Spill

In April 2010, an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. As BP worked to contain the oil, Baton Rouge Community College was able in just four weeks to design an appropriate... | Read more >

North Dakota Campuses Work to Secure Data Amid Floods

North Dakota universities are preparing for flood waters this spring through regular monitoring of data centers and ensuring multiple alternative network paths. As the Red River is predicted to rise to near-record heights, the... | Read more >

Roommate Charged with Hate Crime in NJ Webcam Case

The Rutgers University freshman who allegedly used a webcam to spy on his roommate's same-sex encounter has been charged with a hate crime and accused of deleting tweets and texts to cover for himself. Dharun Ravi, 19, was... | Read more >

Lab Accident Kills Yale Student

A senior at Yale University was killed April 13 in a lab accident when her hair was caught in a lathe. Michele Dufault died of accidental asphyxia by neck compression. Yale, state officials, and the Occupational Safety and... | Read more >

Princeton Suspended Instructor 4 Days Before His Suicide

A Princeton instructor's suicide, which occurred several days after losing his job, has prompted questions over how he was treated. Antonio Calvo, a Spanish lecturer, killed himself in April, four days after the university... | Read more >

Renewed Fight on Fraternities

Recent public criticism of fraternities is calling for more accountability on the part of the Greek system. Yale University faced criticism for not doing enough after a fraternity’s misogynistic chant at a pledge... | Read more >

Gay Linebackers

A preliminary study of seven gay former football players found that none came out to his teammates for fear of being subjected to homophobia and bullying. Lawrence J. Mrozek, a recent Ohio State University doctoral graduate,... | Read more >

Virginia Tech to Appeal U.S. Fine Over Response to Shooting

The state of Virginia will appeal the $55,000 fine levied by the U.S. Education Department against Virginia Tech last month for an "inadequate" response to the mass shooting in April 2007. Virginia Attorney General... | Read more >

Shooting Stuns Community College in Alabama

A shooting at Southern Union State Community College, Alabama, on April 6 left one dead and three others injured. Thomas F. May III returned to the college several hours after the shootings and confessed he was responsible.... | Read more >

Notre Dame Objects to Agency's Findings in Death of Student Who Was on a Lift That Toppled

The University of Notre Dame filed a "notice of contest" objecting to the findings of an Indiana Agency that investigated an October incident in which a student filming a football practice fell off a hydraulic lift... | Read more >

Franklin Pierce U. Student Dies From Bacterial Meningitis

A 21-year-old student at Franklin Pierce University, NH, died April 6 from bacterial meningitis. Students were told to go to the clinic for antibiotics if they had shared utensils, a drink, a kiss, or anything similar with... | Read more >

Man Charged with Murder in Death of York University Student

A 23-year-old student from China who was studying at York University, in Toronto, Canada, was found dead in her apartment on April 15. A 29-year-old man has been charged with her murder. Investigators say the man entered Qian... | Read more >

Ohio State Will Pay $1M Over Student Death

Ohio State University will pay $1 million to the family of a student who was killed in an elevator accident on campus in 2006. Authorities determined that the elevator's brake had failed. 

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Don't Mention Virginia Tech

Two separate incidents in which a student and professor mentioned the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings led to the two individuals being barred from their college campuses and law enforcement searching their homes. Charles Shi, a... | Read more >

'Sending Silence Packing': Awareness of Suicide

A project called Send Silence Packing has put 1,100 backpacks on display at 14 different college campuses during April to represent the number of college students who commit suicide each year. Some of the backpacks belong to... | Read more >

College Costs and Selectivity May Influence Health and Behavior Choices

A paper published online by the Economics of Education Review shows that 17-year-olds are more likely engage in risky behaviors, such as smoking tobacco or marijuana or having sex, if they live in states where community... | Read more >

Middlebury Student Released by Syria

A Middlebury College student studying in Syria who was detained there while observing the recent protests has been released. Middlebury president Ron Liebowitz thanked the State Department and the Vermont Congressional... | Read more >

Laptop and Battery (Arrest) at Valdosta State

A professor of mass media at Valdosta State University was arrested and suspended after a student complained that he hurt her finger when he shut her laptop while she was allegedly web surfing instead of taking notes. Frank J.... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Landmark Online Privacy Legislation Is Introduced in Senate

Legislation introduced in the Senate on April 12 by Sens. John F. Kerry (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ) would enact the first comprehensive protections for consumers' digital data transmitted from computers, smartphones or other... | Read more >

New Rules Would Allow for Broader Sharing of Student Records

The Department of Education released new proposed rules on April 8 that would allow high school administrators and state officials to share student data with researchers, auditors, and other agencies without violating the... | Read more >

PlayStation Security Breach Could Cause Wider Problems, Affecting Colleges

Sony's PlayStation online video game network was breached on April 26, with the theft of account information from some or all of the network's 77 million users. According to Fred H. Cate, director of the Center for Applied... | Read more >

College Board Reports E-Mail Security Breach

The College Board announced that a hacker of its e-mail provider captured some of its e-mail recipients' names and e-mail addresses. Social Security numbers were not captured. The College Board notified all of the affected... | Read more >

Videos 'Ripped' From Online-Course Footage Bring Threats to Instructors

Online videos showing two labor studies instructors at the University of Missouri advocating union violence have prompted angry letters, phone calls, and requests for an adjunct faculty member to resign. The conservative... | Read more >

Chapel Hill, Researcher Settle Dispute on Computer Security

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has reinstated Bonnie Yankaskas, a professor of epidemiology, after a dispute over the extent to which she was responsible for a security breach in a computer database used for... | Read more >

Attackers Deface Monash University Website

The website for Monash University, Australia, was recently defaced by attackers who placed the map of Iran embedded with the country's flag on the site. Information security professionals have restored the site and are... | Read more >

Fake Web Site Pretends to Be Youngstown State U.'s

A website masquerading as the official Youngstown State University site was attempting to fool students, faculty, and staff into logging in and providing the site owners with access to user accounts. Officials at the... | Read more >

Personal Info on Stolen Laptops, Albright College Says

Two laptop computers were stolen in February from the financial aid office of Albright College (PA). The laptops contained personal information of 10,000 current, former, and prospective students. The information varies from... | Read more >

 
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