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June 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

U.S. Study Abroad After Disaster in Japan, Violence in Mexico

Colleges, Mainly Spared, Assist Joplin Recovery Efforts

Dealing with Suspected Arizona Shooter and Pima County CC Records

San Jose State Students Question Campus's Response to a Murder/Suicide Shooting

Some Recruiting Agents Exploit Chinese Students, Investigation Finds

Consequences for Reporting Fake Hate Crimes?

Binge in a Can

Academics Become Victims of Escalating Violence in Iraq

Spring Arbor U Rescheduled Commencement Exercises Due Norovirus-like Illness

Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty for Amy Bishop in Deaths of 3 Colleagues

U of Texas-Arlington Psychologist, Not Her Murdered Husband, Was Target of Former Client

"Campus Carry" Bills Fail in Texas and Louisiana

Parents of Deceased 2008 Hazing Victim Settle with Fraternity

Gay Student at Messiah College Will Transfer Because of Harassment

Student Group That Opposes "Multiculturalism" Is Accused of Ties to Extremists

Protests Dissipate as Campuswide Smoking Bans Take Hold

Dartmouth Sororities Team Up to Curb Violence Against Women

Shaw U, North Carolina, Resumes Classes After Tornado Shut It Down

Spot Checks Find Crime-Reporting Violations at 3 Universities

Yale Fraternity Punished for Chant Deemed to be Sexually Harassing

Georgia Tech, University of Texas to Lead $10-Million Homeland-Security Project on Cybersecurity

Higher-Education Groups Blast Rules on Sharing Student Records

Six Biggest Rising Threats from Cybercriminals

How to Understand and Deal with Copyright Laws?

Former Roommate Pleads Not Guilty in Case Linked to Suicide of Tyler Clementi

Ex-Student at Rutgers U. Finds Alternative to Punishment for Role in Tyler Clementi Case

Android Handsets 'Potentially' Vulnerable to Data Leaks

Missouri Campus Officials Absolve Labor Instructor in Video Controversy

University of Kent 'Unlawfully' Disclosed Disability Data

Student at Salford (UK) Hacked Into Computers to Boost Gamer Status

West Virginia U Mistakenly Sends 15,000 E-Mails Notifying Students of Canceling Financial Aid

Campus Security


The American Association for the Advancement of Science reports a growing number of threats against climate researchers. In a written statement, it wrote, “We are deeply concerned by the extent and nature of personal... | Read more >


The June 22 arrest in California of James “Whitey” Bulger, accused mobster indicted for 19 murders, has reflected a light on his brother, William M. Bulger, a former Massachusetts State Senate leader and... | Read more >

U.S. Study Abroad After Disaster in Japan, Violence in Mexico

International student and scholar exchange has encountered major challenges this year, including the tsunami and radiation crisis in northeast Japan that led to emergency evacuations of students, and drug violence in Mexico... | Read more >

Colleges, Mainly Spared, Assist Joplin Recovery Efforts

Although colleges in the area of Joplin, Missouri were spared much of the damage caused by May's tornadoes, many are helping recovery efforts by raising money, acting as relief centers, and trying to verify the safety of their... | Read more >

Dealing with Suspected Arizona Shooter and Pima County CC Records

Pima Community College, Arizona, released more than 250 e-mails about Jared Lee Loughner, the former student charged in the Tucson shootings last January, in response to an open-records request by The Arizona Republic. The... | Read more >

San Jose State Students Question Campus's Response to a Murder/Suicide Shooting

 A murder-suicide at San Jose State University has prompted some students to question the length of time it took to receive warnings from a campus notification system. On May 10, two graduating seniors, Thomas Kyle... | Read more >

Some Recruiting Agents Exploit Chinese Students, Investigation Finds

An investigation by the Bloomberg news service finds that Chinese students studying at American colleges are often charged "predatory" fees by recruiters with misleading promises. Agents often charge several thousand... | Read more >

Consequences for Reporting Fake Hate Crimes?

Students reporting fake hate crimes not only frustrate college officials, who waste time and money investigating a false report, but also minority students, who worry that truthful complaints in the future will be doubted. One... | Read more >

Binge in a Can

A new drink is causing concern among alcohol prevention coordinators and politicians who believe it is the new Four Loko, which was banned by the Food and Drug Administration. Blast by Colt 45 resembles the current form of... | Read more >

Academics Become Victims of Escalating Violence in Iraq

At least five Iraqi academics have been assassinated since February, although none of them had any obvious political ties. The killings of academics are part of continuing violence and political instability in Iraq this... | Read more >

Spring Arbor U Rescheduled Commencement Exercises Due Norovirus-like Illness

Spring Arbor University, MI, postponed its May 14 commencement until May 21 due to an outbreak of norovirus or a similar virus. More than 170 students were sick. The university worked with the county and state health... | Read more >

Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty for Amy Bishop in Deaths of 3 Colleagues

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Amy Bishop, the former professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville charged with killing three colleagues during a biology department faculty meeting in February 2010. She... | Read more >

U of Texas-Arlington Psychologist, Not Her Murdered Husband, Was Target of Former Client

A University of Texas at Arlington psychologist was the "intended target" of her former student client, who shot and killed the psychologist’s husband in April, according to police. The 22-year-old student... | Read more >

"Campus Carry" Bills Fail in Texas and Louisiana

Bills to allow concealed weapons on college campuses failed this week in both Louisiana and Texas, both of which were deemed likely to pass it this year. A Louisiana House committee rejected the proposed bill, making it... | Read more >

Parents of Deceased 2008 Hazing Victim Settle with Fraternity

A lawsuit by the parents of a freshman at California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo who died while pledging Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in 2008 has been settled. The student had been drinking, and although some... | Read more >

Gay Student at Messiah College Will Transfer Because of Harassment

An openly gay freshman at Messiah College, PA, plans to transfer at the end of the semester as a result of harassment. Although sexual orientation is included in the school's antiharassment policy, its "Community... | Read more >

Student Group That Opposes "Multiculturalism" Is Accused of Ties to Extremists

New concerns are being raised about a conservative student group called Youth for Western Civilization, which may have ties to white supremacists. The group's stated mission is "to organize, educate, and train activists... | Read more >

Protests Dissipate as Campuswide Smoking Bans Take Hold

Over 500 college campuses have adopted no-smoking policies since April. Criticism from disgruntled tobacco users and proponents of personal rights has quickly fizzled out. In 2009, the University of Kentucky decided to adopt a... | Read more >

Dartmouth Sororities Team Up to Curb Violence Against Women

A new policy at Dartmouth College intends to curb violence against women in the Greek system through student-on-student sanctions. The policy states that if a sorority member is assaulted by a fraternity member, the sorority's... | Read more >

Shaw U, North Carolina, Resumes Classes After Tornado Shut It Down

Shaw University has resumed classes five weeks after a tornado forced it to suspend spring semester two weeks early. Its summer session began with 400 students, with 200 more awaiting clearance. Student housing remains... | Read more >

Spot Checks Find Crime-Reporting Violations at 3 Universities

Formal reviews by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Education Department have shown that the Universities of Vermont and of Northern Iowa, and Washington State University at Pullman, all failed to comply with... | Read more >

Yale Fraternity Punished for Chant Deemed to be Sexually Harassing

A Yale University fraternity has been all but banned from campus after shouting a sexually harassing chant during a pledge initiation last fall. The university found that Delta Kappa Epsilon violated Yale's undergraduate... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Georgia Tech, University of Texas to Lead $10-Million Homeland-Security Project on Cybersecurity

Georgia Tech's Research Institute and the University of Texas will be involved in a five-year Homeland Open Security Technology program to look at open-source cybersecurity options for possible government use. The program,... | Read more >

Higher-Education Groups Blast Rules on Sharing Student Records

The Department of Education's proposed rules on student data systems have been sharply criticized by thirty higher education associations, including AACRAO, that say they would "unravel student privacy protections."... | Read more >

Six Biggest Rising Threats from Cybercriminals

New cyberattacks are threatening smartphones, electricity, GPS signals and more. Text-messaging attacks are becoming more common since PCs are now fairly well protected. A hacker sends a text message with an attachment, which,... | Read more >

How to Understand and Deal with Copyright Laws?

Confusion over copyright laws and fears of copyright-infringement lawsuits are drawing the attention of colleges, advocacy groups, and government officials. Books, film, and music are made more accessible through digital... | Read more >

Former Roommate Pleads Not Guilty in Case Linked to Suicide of Tyler Clementi

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was indicted in April on 15 counts, including invasion of privacy, witness tampering, and bias crimes relating to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, pleaded not guilty on May... | Read more >

Ex-Student at Rutgers U. Finds Alternative to Punishment for Role in Tyler Clementi Case

Molly Wei, a former Rutgers University student who allegedly watched an Internet broadcast of Tyler Clementi's same-sex encounter days before his suicide, has been accepted into a pretrial intervention program which requires... | Read more >

Android Handsets 'Potentially' Vulnerable to Data Leaks

According to researchers at the University of Ulm, Germany, millions of Android smartphones are susceptible to leak data to criminals attempting to launch an impersonation attack. Hackers can gain access to personal data by... | Read more >

Missouri Campus Officials Absolve Labor Instructor in Video Controversy

The University of Missouri at St. Louis says that Don Giljum, a labor studies instructor who was videotaped allegedly advocating union violence, was the victim of selective video editing and that he can keep his job. In a... | Read more >

University of Kent 'Unlawfully' Disclosed Disability Data

The University of Kent, UK, mistakenly disclosed the personal data of 615 students with disabilities through e-mail. The Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK data protection agency, found that the university... | Read more >

Student at Salford (UK) Hacked Into Computers to Boost Gamer Status

A 22-year-old student at Salford University, United Kingdom, has been given a suspended jail sentence for hacking into over 100 computers to access web users' personal information. Paul McLoughlin tricked people into... | Read more >

West Virginia U Mistakenly Sends 15,000 E-Mails Notifying Students of Canceling Financial Aid

West Virginia University’s Financial Aid office mistakenly sent email messages to nearly 15,000 students—instead of the 688 students who were the correct recipients—telling them they “have reached the... | Read more >

 
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