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July 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Experts Debate Criminal Background Checks on College Students

No Felons Allowed

Campus Gun Bans Are Still on Solid Ground, Legal Experts Say

Students Aren’t the Only Boozers

Presidential Sobriety Check on Students

‘Human Error’ Blamed in University of Missouri Lab Explosion

Review: Virginia Campus Police Responding to Shooter Did Not Have Floor Plans

Experts to Cornell: Maintain Temporary Bridge Barriers for Now, Promote ‘Caring and Safety’ to Deter Suicide

Are Your Texts Depressed? The Computer Knows, Maybe

Mexican Violence Deters U.S. Colleges

Workplace Mediators Seek a Role in Taming Faculty Bullies

Review of Harvard Scholar's Arrest Cites Failure to Communicate

Minnesota Campus, Struck by Tornado Last Week, Relocates Summer Classes

College and Rehab Under One Roof

Brown U. Graduate Sues the Classmate She Accused of Rape in 2006

Amy Bishop Is Indicted in 1986 Shooting Death of Her Brother

2 Scholars Examine Cyberbullying Among College Students

New Rules Bring Online Piracy Fight to U.S. Campuses

Laptop Security Tips Help Keep Priceless College Memories and Files Safe

How Facebook Has Changed Our Idea of ‘Too Much Information’

Why are *.edu’s Compromised So Much?

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft on MySpace and Facebook

Data Compromised for U. Maine Students Who Sought Mental Health Services

Letters to Tufts Alumni Warn of Security Breach

Penn State Cybersecurity Sweep Finds Thousands of Social Security Numbers Exposed

Florida University Notifies Students and Faculty of Possible Data Exposure

Campus Security

Experts Debate Criminal Background Checks on College Students

On June 30, a panel of experts convened at the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys to debate the fairness of criminal background checks on students.

In the wake of the 2004... | Read more >

No Felons Allowed

Lake Michigan College recently adopted a new policy that will require all students and applicants who are felons to meet with college officials to determine if their enrollment should be revoked or their admission denied. In... | Read more >

Campus Gun Bans Are Still on Solid Ground, Legal Experts Say

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on June 28 regarding handgun restrictions imposed by the city of Chicago has led higher education leaders to be optimistic that the ruling will not undermine campus bans on firearms. The... | Read more >

Students Aren’t the Only Boozers

At the American College Health Association’s annual meeting on June 3, one speaker took aim at campus-based projects to cut down on binge and underage drinking. Edward P. Ehlinger, director and chief health officer of... | Read more >

Presidential Sobriety Check on Students

Tufts University president Lawrence Bacow is embarking on a personal quest to combat what he says is a pervasive binge drinking culture on campus. Inspired by an incident last fall in which he found an intoxicated student... | Read more >

‘Human Error’ Blamed in University of Missouri Lab Explosion

An explosion in a biochemistry lab at the University of Missouri injured four people on June 28. The explosion occurred after gas from a hydrogen tank ignited during an experiment. Fire investigators determined the cause of... | Read more >

Review: Virginia Campus Police Responding to Shooter Did Not Have Floor Plans

A recently released report determined that campus police responding to a shooter at the Northern Virginia Community College last fall did not have floor plans or master keys to enter rooms or buildings, and 36 of the 45... | Read more >

Experts to Cornell: Maintain Temporary Bridge Barriers for Now, Promote ‘Caring and Safety’ to Deter Suicide

A consultants’ report on suicide prevention at Cornell University stresses the continued need for temporary physical bridge barriers as well as the importance of a communitywide culture of caring and safety. Released... | Read more >

Are Your Texts Depressed? The Computer Knows, Maybe

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have developed a computer program that can detect depression in online texts and could serve as a screening tool to direct potential patients towards treatment. The... | Read more >

Mexican Violence Deters U.S. Colleges

Many summer study abroad programs throughout Mexico have been cancelled due to drug gang-related violence. Some educators consider the caution to be an exaggerated response. "To make an analogy," said Geoffrey E.... | Read more >

Workplace Mediators Seek a Role in Taming Faculty Bullies

Colleges are increasingly using various forms of third-party intervention to try to keep complaints of unlawful discrimination from turning into costly legal battles. Two organizations that provide alternative dispute... | Read more >

Review of Harvard Scholar's Arrest Cites Failure to Communicate

A new review of the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. last July blames the incident on "failed communications" between the scholar and the police officer. The arrest triggered a national controversy... | Read more >

Minnesota Campus, Struck by Tornado Last Week, Relocates Summer Classes

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College at Wadena is closed for summer session classes due to extensive damage from a tornado. The college is arranging for classes to continue at other locations. 

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College and Rehab Under One Roof

Sober College, Woodland Hills, CA, is an inpatient rehabilitation center for young adults that allows students to take classes at various institutions. These institutions include Andrew Jackson University, an online... | Read more >

Brown U. Graduate Sues the Classmate She Accused of Rape in 2006

A graduate of Brown University has sued a former classmate who she accused of rape in 2006. The claim involves a contract the two students signed after the accusation that was intended to resolve the case. The woman says the... | Read more >

Amy Bishop Is Indicted in 1986 Shooting Death of Her Brother

Amy Bishop, a former professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville who shot to death three of her colleagues in February, was indicted June 16 on a charge of first-degree murder in the 1986 shooting death of her... | Read more >

Cyber Security

2 Scholars Examine Cyberbullying Among College Students

Researchers at Baylor University are examining sex differences in cyberbullying at the college level. Ikuko Aoyama, a doctoral candidate at the university, presented her work at a recent conference of the American Educational... | Read more >

New Rules Bring Online Piracy Fight to U.S. Campuses

A provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is requiring colleges and universities to put in place plans "to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the... | Read more >

Laptop Security Tips Help Keep Priceless College Memories and Files Safe

When students head off to college, many parents consider purchasing a new laptop for their child. Many parents do not consider the cost of replacing a laptop if it is stolen, and this cost can be unexpectedly high. A recent... | Read more >

How Facebook Has Changed Our Idea of ‘Too Much Information’

Consumer advocates and lawmakers are pushing for more protection for users of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Robert Ellis Smith, publisher of Privacy Journal, says that Facebook users are usually too... | Read more >

Why are *.edu’s Compromised So Much?

Educational institutions are the number one source of compromised e-mail accounts. Among the reasons is the generally more lax security regulations at universities as compared with other sectors. Because higher education is... | Read more >

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft on MySpace and Facebook

Many users of Facebook and MySpace are at risk of identity theft. The National Cyber Security Alliance advises people to be careful about what information they post. A cell phone number and the names of previous employers can... | Read more >

Data Compromised for U. Maine Students Who Sought Mental Health Services

The personal and medical information of almost 5,000 students at the University of Maine was exposed due to a data breach of the servers at the university's counseling center. The compromised database includes names, social... | Read more >

Letters to Tufts Alumni Warn of Security Breach

A computer security breach at Tufts University may have left thousands of Social Security numbers and other personal information exposed. Several computers were recently infected by an unknown virus or malicious software... | Read more >

Penn State Cybersecurity Sweep Finds Thousands of Social Security Numbers Exposed

An ongoing cybersecurity check at Penn State University found the Social Security numbers of another 25,000 individuals may have been exposed due to infected computers. There is no evidence that data had been accessed after... | Read more >

Florida University Notifies Students and Faculty of Possible Data Exposure

Florida International University is notifying close to 20,000 students and faculty members of a possible data breach that was discovered in May. The university’s IT Security Office found that personal data, including... | Read more >

 
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