Secure U
   
May 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Two University of Southern California Students From China Are Fatally Shot Near Campus

More Faculty Members Consulting Counselors on Concerns About Student Behavior

Four Students Killed in Raid on Syrian University

Gunmen Kill at Least 16 in Attack on Worshippers at Nigerian University

UCLA Criminal Charges Focus Universities' Attention on Laboratory Safety

University of Pittsburgh Deals with Individuals, Groups Accused of Making Bomb Threats

Violence Flares in Montreal After Talks to End Student Strike Collapse

For Gay Athletes, It's Getting Better, Says Panel

Charges Brought in Florida A&M Hazing Death

Spies and U.S. Universities?

UC-Davis Pepper Spray Report Faults Administrators, Police

Kentucky Court: Universities Can't Bar Guns in Cars

Should A Student Court Be Hearing Sexual Assault Cases Under Title IX?

Education Department's Report on Alcohol and Drugs May Prompt Crackdown

U. of Idaho Settles With Family of Graduate Student Killed by Professor

Justice Dept. Will Not Reopen Investigation of 1970 Kent State Shootings

U. of California at San Diego Settles Racial-Harassment Complaints

Campus Bias Charges Divide Jewish Groups

Franklin & Marshall Fires Women's Lacrosse Coach After Hazing Incident

Portland State Suspends Grad Student After Alleged Threats

Play About Athletes Accused of Sexual Assault

Five Students Expelled Over Brawl at St. Louis Community College

Community College in Iowa Reopens After Weekend Tornado

Criminal Charges Likely in Boston U Hazing Incident

Boston University Open with Families about Murder, Other Incidents as Students Make Enrollment Decisions

Facebook's Acquisition of Instagram: Another Question Mark for Internet Privacy?

When College Culture of Openness Clashes With Limits Imposed For National Security

Housatonic Community College Records Potentially Exposed in Security Breach

Virginia Military Institute Accidentally Discloses Seniors' Grades

Columbia University Acknowledges Security Breach

Campus Security

Two University of Southern California Students From China Are Fatally Shot Near Campus

Two students at the University of Southern California were killed April 11 while in their car, which was parked in a residential area less than a mile from campus. The electrical-engineering students, Ming Qu, 23, and Ying... | Read more >

More Faculty Members Consulting Counselors on Concerns About Student Behavior

 

The shootings at Virginia Tech five years ago led colleges to re-evaluate their safety procedures and mental health programs. The incident also caused more faculty than ever to begin calling counseling... | Read more >

Four Students Killed in Raid on Syrian University

Syrian security forces raided dormitories at the Aleppo University on May 2 to break up anti-government protests. They killed four students, injured others with tear gas and live ammunition, and arrested at least 50 people.... | Read more >

Gunmen Kill at Least 16 in Attack on Worshippers at Nigerian University

Gunmen killed at least 16 people and wounded many more at a Catholic mass at Bayero University in northern Nigeria on April 29. The attackers drew worshippers outside with small explosives and then started firing. The... | Read more >

UCLA Criminal Charges Focus Universities' Attention on Laboratory Safety

A case involving the University of California at Los Angeles and a chemistry professor there, Patrick G. Harran, is being closely watched by safety experts who see it as a pivotal development after decades of trying to get... | Read more >

University of Pittsburgh Deals with Individuals, Groups Accused of Making Bomb Threats

A transgender couple was subpoenaed and appeared before a federal judge on April 12 relating to the recent rash of bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh. Seamus Johnston, 22, a former student at Pitt's Johnstown... | Read more >

Violence Flares in Montreal After Talks to End Student Strike Collapse

Montreal police officers trying to break up a protest on April 25 by thousands of students used pepper spray, batons, and percussion bombs. Three police officers were injured and 85 people were arrested. The students were... | Read more >

For Gay Athletes, It's Getting Better, Says Panel

At April's annual meeting of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's College Sport Research Institute, a panel of gay athletes, administrators, and researchers agreed that college athletics is becoming... | Read more >

Charges Brought in Florida A&M Hazing Death

Charges have been brought against 13 people allegedly involved in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion. Eleven of the unnamed defendants face felony hazing charges. Champion died on a... | Read more >

Spies and U.S. Universities?

Various incidents have alerted security officials and university leaders to the possibility that some countries may be trying to use American universities' foreign connections to spy. In one incident, an American... | Read more >

UC-Davis Pepper Spray Report Faults Administrators, Police

A report by an independent investigative panel on the November pepper spray incident at the University of California at Davis found many parties at fault, including the chancellor and other administrators, who failed to... | Read more >

Kentucky Court: Universities Can't Bar Guns in Cars

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that public colleges and universities cannot bar guns in vehicles parked on-campus that belong to students or employees. Kentucky allows institutions to bar people from carrying guns on... | Read more >

Should A Student Court Be Hearing Sexual Assault Cases Under Title IX?

The Student Honor Court at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is being stripped of its authority to hear allegations of sexual assault.  The court currently hears cases brought forward on issues such as... | Read more >

Education Department's Report on Alcohol and Drugs May Prompt Crackdown

A report by the Office of the Inspector General released in March shows that there is no enforcement of a federal law requiring campuses to try to prevent alcohol and drug abuse. The law mandates that colleges must have... | Read more >

U. of Idaho Settles With Family of Graduate Student Killed by Professor

A settlement has been reached in the case of Kathryn Benoit, a 22-year-old graduate student who was killed last summer by a professor she had dated, Ernesto A. Bustamante. Benoit's family had sued the University of... | Read more >

Justice Dept. Will Not Reopen Investigation of 1970 Kent State Shootings

The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to reopen an investigation into the 1970 Kent State University shootings, in which four students protesting the Vietnam War were killed by Ohio National Guard troops. The Justice... | Read more >

U. of California at San Diego Settles Racial-Harassment Complaints

The University of California at San Diego has agreed to prevent racial harassment on campus in a settlement with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education following an investigation into racial harassment complaints.... | Read more >

Campus Bias Charges Divide Jewish Groups

Aaron I. Marcus, a Jewish student at Rutgers University, says he has faced anti-Semitism and received numerous threats from students and a staff member. He says he asked university officials to protect him from harassment,... | Read more >

Franklin & Marshall Fires Women's Lacrosse Coach After Hazing Incident

A hazing complaint at Franklin & Marshall College has led to the dismissal of Lauren Paul, the women's lacrosse coach, and suspension of a group of junior and senior players for the incident last year. "We make... | Read more >

Portland State Suspends Grad Student After Alleged Threats

Portland State University suspended a graduate student on April 26 after he made violent threats against the university community. The student, Henry Liu, 33, was also barred from returning to campus. Portland police are... | Read more >

Play About Athletes Accused of Sexual Assault

A play that ran in Arlington, Virginia, portrayed a college in which athletes were accused of sexual wrongdoing. In Paul Downs Colaizzo's play, "Really Really," a working-class student accuses a popular rugby... | Read more >

Five Students Expelled Over Brawl at St. Louis Community College

At St. Louis Community College, a brawl that was filmed and posted online has led to the expulsion of five students, three of whom were arrested on assault charges. The video shows several groups of students fighting, and... | Read more >

Community College in Iowa Reopens After Weekend Tornado

A tornado in April caused damage to the campus of Southwestern Community College, Iowa and displaced 165 students living in dormitories. Classes resumed a few days later after power was restored and the main road to campus... | Read more >

Criminal Charges Likely in Boston U Hazing Incident

Police at Boston University discovered five students tied up in the basement of a fraternity house after receiving complaints about noise. The students were duct-taped to one another, had welts on their backs and were... | Read more >

Boston University Open with Families about Murder, Other Incidents as Students Make Enrollment Decisions

Over the spring semester, Boston University has faced a series of troubling events on campus, including an undergraduate badly injured in a fire, the arrest of two hockey players on sexual assault charges, and the murder of... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Facebook's Acquisition of Instagram: Another Question Mark for Internet Privacy?

Facebook announced on April 9 that it would acquire Instagram, a popular photo network, and many are wondering how this will affect users' privacy. Instagram's previously strict stance on user privacy is expected to... | Read more >

When College Culture of Openness Clashes With Limits Imposed For National Security

A Bloomberg article discusses the clash between the university culture of openness and global collaboration, on the one hand, and U.S. limits in sharing technology imposed for national security.  For example, it cites... | Read more >

Housatonic Community College Records Potentially Exposed in Security Breach

The records of 87,000 Housatonic Community College faculty, staff and students may be at risk of potential misuse due to a security breach. "Zero-day malware" infected two computers in the college's offices,... | Read more >

Virginia Military Institute Accidentally Discloses Seniors' Grades

The Virginia Military Institute accidentally released the grade point averages of the entire graduating class in an email. A VMI official emailed a spreadsheet, containing the names and hometowns of the class, to the... | Read more >

Columbia University Acknowledges Security Breach

Columbia University mistakenly published the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and bank account numbers of 3,000 current and former employees and 500 sole proprietors. The breach occurred when a programmer saved an... | Read more >

 
A Review of Online and On-Campus Security News
AACRAO

SecureU is a monthly service for AACRAO members. If you are not a member and would like to receive a complimentary 3-month subscription, visit the
subscription center.