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July 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Threats Against Climate Researchers; AAAS Statement of Concern

Former UMass President and Politician Again Highlighted After Arrest of Crime-Boss Brother

3 Students Killed at U. of Damascus in Raid by Syrian Security Forces

U.S. Scholar From American University in Cairo Killed in Baghdad By Car Bomb

Women's Education Advocates Rally Behind Attacked U of British Columbia Scholar

Rector at University in Russia Shot to Death

Princeton Faculty Member's Suicide Provokes Examination of Policies, Circumstances

Crafting Weapons Policies That Will Hold Up in Court

Managing Higher Education Institution Risks Such as Violence, Bullying, and Natural Disasters

Protests Against Egyptian Higher-Education Ministry Violently Broken Up

Old Dominion University Student Shot and Killed in His Home Near Campus

Marquette Revises Sex Assault Policies

Title IX, Sex Crimes, and Blaming the Victim

Scandal-tainted President of University in South Korea Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

The Safety of Helmets in Collegiate Football and Lacrosse

Student Stressors at Two Different Institutions

Benefits of Heart, Health Screening for Student Athletes

U Central Florida Football Player's Death From Sickle Cell Trait Complication, Expert Testifies

Fired Bethune-Cookman U Coach Refused to Help in Inquiry Into Son

Rice U Police Officer Fired for Leaving Post on Campus to Help Houston Police in Serious Incident

Syracuse University Students Face Discipline After Shouting Racial Slurs

University of Michigan reduces campus ban on violators

Accidentally Recorded Conversation Leads to Resignations at La Sierra U, CA

U.Va. Frat's Affiliation Revoked

UC Davis Pulls Land-Line Emergency Phones

Minot State U Remains Open During Flood

Administrators, Academics, Colleges Use Separate Social Media Accounts for Different Roles

As Cyber Attacks Increase, Stiffer Sentences Sought for Hackers

Publishers Increase Efforts to Stop Piracy of Their Online Products

Former U. of Central Missouri Student Pleads Guilty to Hacking Into Campus Records

University of Mary Washington Accidentally Releases Student Information

Recent Online Applications Pose Accessibility Issues for Disabled Students

Campus Security

Threats Against Climate Researchers; AAAS Statement of Concern

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 >

Former UMass President and Politician Again Highlighted After Arrest of Crime-Boss Brother

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 >

3 Students Killed at U. of Damascus in Raid by Syrian Security Forces

Three students were killed June 21 at the University of Damascus after Syrian security forces raided dormitories in response to students’ refusal to participate in rallies supporting the regime of President Bashar... | Read more >

U.S. Scholar From American University in Cairo Killed in Baghdad By Car Bomb

Stephen Everhart, associate professor of finance and associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the School of Business of the American University in Cairo, was killed last week in Baghdad by a bomb that... | Read more >

Women's Education Advocates Rally Behind Attacked U of British Columbia Scholar

A female graduate student from the University of British Columbia, home visiting her family in Bangladesh, was savagely attacked by her husband, who reportedly opposed the idea of her leaving Bangladesh.  Thirty-three... | Read more >

Rector at University in Russia Shot to Death

Gunmen killed the rector of a Muslim university in southern Russia who had been leading a government-sponsored effort to counter violence in the region. Maksud I. Sadikov was rector of the Islamic University of the North... | Read more >

Princeton Faculty Member's Suicide Provokes Examination of Policies, Circumstances

Controversy grows around the April suspension and subsequent suicide of Antonio Calvo, a senior lecturer in Princeton’s department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.  The university had suspended... | Read more >

Crafting Weapons Policies That Will Hold Up in Court

To restrict people from carrying guns on campus, colleges should explain their motivations and avoid absolute bans that could be challenged in court, experts advised at a panel at the annual meeting of the National... | Read more >

Managing Higher Education Institution Risks Such as Violence, Bullying, and Natural Disasters

Among the major risks affecting campuses today are mental illness and campus violence, bullying and harassment, the higher education bubble, and natural disasters.  Aware of increasing risk since Virginia Tech,... | Read more >

Protests Against Egyptian Higher-Education Ministry Violently Broken Up

Students protesting in front of the Ministry of Higher Education in Cairo were violently dispersed June 7, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, which reported that ministry employees used fire hoses, powder... | Read more >

Old Dominion University Student Shot and Killed in His Home Near Campus

Christopher Cummings, a 20-year-old junior at Old Dominion University, was shot in the house near campus where he lived with several other people June 10. Another student was injured in the shooting. Police offered no... | Read more >

Marquette Revises Sex Assault Policies

Marquette University officials acknowledged Wednesday that the university made mistakes in how it handled student reports of sexual assaults and said they've worked out a way to improve how they report sexual assaults... | Read more >

Title IX, Sex Crimes, and Blaming the Victim

Recent national television news shows featured college women who accused others of rape, and who felt their cases were not taken seriously by judicial processes biased against them.  Under most states’ rape... | Read more >

Scandal-tainted President of University in South Korea Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

The president of Sunchon National University, South Korea, is presumed to have killed himself by inhaling toxic fumes in his car June 13.  Im Sang-gyu was previously an agriculture minister and was under a probe on... | Read more >

The Safety of Helmets in Collegiate Football and Lacrosse

Major advances in the strength and design of lacrosse helmets have made them safer and helped prevent major injuries like skull fractures—but Michael Higgins, director of the Athletic Training Education Program at... | Read more >

Student Stressors at Two Different Institutions

A quarter of students surveyed in the latest National College Health Assessment reported that stress has hurt their academic performance, with such impacts as lower grades or dropped courses. That proportion has fluctuated... | Read more >

Benefits of Heart, Health Screening for Student Athletes

According to a report in the journal Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the individual with the highest risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD) may be the Division I male basketball player, followed by male... | Read more >

U Central Florida Football Player's Death From Sickle Cell Trait Complication, Expert Testifies

University of Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher died after a preseason practice from complications of sickle cell trait, according to a cardiologist who testified during a wrongful death trial.  He said... | Read more >

Fired Bethune-Cookman U Coach Refused to Help in Inquiry Into Son

The men’s basketball coach of Bethune-Cookman University was fired after he refused to help police investigate a sexual assault charge that involved his son, C.J. Reed, a star player on the team.  Though the... | Read more >

Rice U Police Officer Fired for Leaving Post on Campus to Help Houston Police in Serious Incident

Houston police officers are criticizing Rice University for dismissing a member of its police force after he left campus to assist law enforcement dealing with a man who shot two police officers off campus. The Rice officer... | Read more >

Syracuse University Students Face Discipline After Shouting Racial Slurs

Two Syracuse University students face discipline charges after they were caught on a cell phone video shouting racial slurs at a student. The video posted on YouTube for a short time Friday showed two men engaged in a... | Read more >

University of Michigan reduces campus ban on violators

People on the University of Michigan’s list of those banned from campus will now be banned for only one year, rather than for life.  Because of this revised policy, University official will review their list of... | Read more >

Accidentally Recorded Conversation Leads to Resignations at La Sierra U, CA

Under pressure from La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution, two administrators, a trustee, and a faculty member resigned after an accidentally recorded conversation among them that included foul language,... | Read more >

U.Va. Frat's Affiliation Revoked

The University of Virginia has revoked a fraternity's affiliation and imposed a two-hear ban three months after a pledge was hospitalized for four days as a result of a forced meal that included dog food and a bottle of... | Read more >

UC Davis Pulls Land-Line Emergency Phones

All the 107 public safety phones are to be removed by the end of the summer, according to a press release. "(N)ew generations of students, cellular technology and wireless 911 have made most land-line emergency phones... | Read more >

Minot State U Remains Open During Flood

 

Minot State University (ND) President David Fuller explained the decision to keep the school open during what was forecast to be record Souris River flooding in the city.  In the Grand Forks Herald... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Administrators, Academics, Colleges Use Separate Social Media Accounts for Different Roles

Higher-education leaders are trying to balance their personal and professional lives when using online social media, which encourages widespread sharing of thoughts and opinions. Many professionals create multiple accounts,... | Read more >

As Cyber Attacks Increase, Stiffer Sentences Sought for Hackers

Even before a loosely organized group of hackers broke into the CIA’s and Senate’s public websites, the White House asked for stiffer sentences for breaking into government and private computer networks. Last... | Read more >

Publishers Increase Efforts to Stop Piracy of Their Online Products

Online databases and scientific publishers have become prime targets for theft and sale, often stolen from college students and professors. For example, illegal access to SciFinder, an extensive database of scholarly... | Read more >

Former U. of Central Missouri Student Pleads Guilty to Hacking Into Campus Records

A former University of Central Missouri student, Daniel J. Fowler, pleaded guilty in federal court to hacking into the university’s network in 2009 and attempting to sell student and staff information. With another... | Read more >

University of Mary Washington Accidentally Releases Student Information

About 7,500 University of Mary Washington (VA) students' personal information was accidentally disclosed on an online portal that only students and faculty can access.  Chief information officer Dana German wrote... | Read more >

Recent Online Applications Pose Accessibility Issues for Disabled Students

California State University’s Accessible Technology Initiative suggests that universities limit their campuswide  use of Google’s free Web services based on what it calls a variety of inaccessibility issues... | Read more >

 
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