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June 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

U. of Virginia Plans Background Checks of All Students

Universities Looking for Answers to 'Intimate Partner' Violence

Nearly Half of College Officials Say They're 'Well Prepared' for Campus Disasters

Virginia Tech Contests Education Department's Assertion of Late Warning in 2007 Shootings

Mexican Universities Expand Security as Drug Violence Escalates

Setting the Security Bar High

Study-Abroad Misstep Reminds Colleges of Need to Train Trip Leaders

Study-Abroad Programs Should Be Prepared for Mental-Health Crises, Speakers Advise

Colorado State Rescinds Gun Ban After Court Ruling

Brown University Raises Questions with Handling of Rape Allegations

New Data on Drunk Driving by College Students

Husson U. Students Rescue a Colleague by Subduing Knife-Wielding Man

UW-Madison Professor Barred From Lab for Potentially Dangerous Experiments

Bates College Investigates Party That Turned Violent

College of the Canyons Building Disease-Free

Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline

Online Privacy at Risk, Warn Educators

Facebook's Privacy Woes Make Little Impact on Growth

University of Minnesota Professor's Advice to Facebook Users

New York U. Students Plan New Social Media Network with Focus on Privacy

University Uses Behavioral Biometrics for Online IDs

Penn State University Continues to Battle Malware

Campus Security

U. of Virginia Plans Background Checks of All Students

University of Virginia president John T. Casteen III announced that the school will begin screening all students against a state law-enforcement database before each semester. Casteen met with Gov. Bob McDonnell May 11 to... | Read more >

Universities Looking for Answers to 'Intimate Partner' Violence

Yeardley Love's death at the University of Virginia is calling attention to "intimate partner" violence, which domestic abuse experts call a persistent problem on college campuses nationwide. Although Virginia holds... | Read more >

Nearly Half of College Officials Say They're 'Well Prepared' for Campus Disasters

A recent study of disaster preparedness at colleges and universities shows that just 42.7 percent report being "well prepared to manage disasters and emergencies." The study, released by the Center for Public and... | Read more >

Virginia Tech Contests Education Department's Assertion of Late Warning in 2007 Shootings

Virginia Tech released a report May 18 denying the U.S. Department of Education's initial findings that the university violated campus crime-reporting laws in its response to the April 16, 2007 shootings. On that day, first a... | Read more >

Mexican Universities Expand Security as Drug Violence Escalates

University officials in Mexico are doubling or even tripling spending on private security and suspending travel for students and professors due to violence. At a conference in May in the central city of Morelia, presidents... | Read more >

Setting the Security Bar High

Many higher education institutions are using IP surveillance cameras (meaning that the images can be seen on the internet from anywhere) to enhance security on their campuses. Kellogg Community College, for example, has turned... | Read more >

Study-Abroad Misstep Reminds Colleges of Need to Train Trip Leaders

Documents regarding a 2008 study abroad trip to Costa Rica run by Laramie County Community College, WY, were made public May 26, and reveal that the college’s president mishandled a response to the suicidal behaviors of... | Read more >

Study-Abroad Programs Should Be Prepared for Mental-Health Crises, Speakers Advise

At the annual meeting of Nafsa: Association of International Educators, speakers urged colleges and study abroad providers to adopt clear policies and procedures to deal with students' mental health issues to avoid crises... | 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 >

Brown University Raises Questions with Handling of Rape Allegations

A former student has sued Brown University for being suspended after being falsely accused of rape in 2006. William R. McCormick III claims that Brown accepted the female student's allegations without investigating and... | Read more >

New Data on Drunk Driving by College Students

A study of more than 1,200 students at a mid-Atlantic university found that, among 20-year-olds, 20 percent drove while intoxicated, and 43 percent had been passengers in a car driven by someone who was intoxicated. The odds... | Read more >

Husson U. Students Rescue a Colleague by Subduing Knife-Wielding Man

Five female students at Husson University, ME, rescued another student from a 45-year-old man who was trying to stab her on May 5. One of the rescuers, who had recently taken a self-defense class, grabbed the attacker's hand... | Read more >

UW-Madison Professor Barred From Lab for Potentially Dangerous Experiments

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Gary Splitter has lost his laboratory privileges for five years because of unauthorized experiments that could have posed a risk to human health. Splitter, a tenured professor in the... | Read more >

Bates College Investigates Party That Turned Violent

Bates College, ME, is investigating a party that turned violent last week, resulting in clashes between students and police officers, 11 arrests, and accusations of excessive force. Trouble began after partiers refused to... | Read more >

College of the Canyons Building Disease-Free

A building on the campus of College of the Canyons, CA, is free of Legionella bacteria, according to an investigation following notice that an employee was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a bacterial infection of the... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline

A survey released in April by the University of California, Berkeley, found that more than half the young adults questioned had become more concerned about privacy than they were five years ago - mirroring the number of people... | Read more >

Online Privacy at Risk, Warn Educators

Two Nova Scotia educators are warning students and professors that online learning tools are a lot less secure than most people believe. Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier and David Young, both of whom both design online courses at St.... | Read more >

Facebook's Privacy Woes Make Little Impact on Growth

Facebook continues to gain users despite views that it has been reckless with personal privacy. The social network had 519 million users last month, up from 411 million in September. "I don’t think we’re going... | Read more >

University of Minnesota Professor's Advice to Facebook Users

University of Minnesota law professor William McGeveran is warning Facebook users to be cautious about what they put online and how they control who sees it. McGeveran says that users should consider that online information... | Read more >

New York U. Students Plan New Social Media Network with Focus on Privacy

Students at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences are planning to create a new social network that lets users have more control over their privacy. Diaspora will store information to be shared with... | Read more >

University Uses Behavioral Biometrics for Online IDs

A new federal law is forcing colleges to ensure that students enrolled in online classes are who they say they are. Biometric Signature ID has developed a software biometric that remotely authenticates the identities of... | Read more >

Penn State University Continues to Battle Malware

A computer at Penn State University may have exposed 15,806 Social Security numbers through communication with a bot controller, a type of malware that allows an attacker to gain control over the affected computer. The... | Read more >

 
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