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July 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Jury Finds Penn State's Sandusky Guilty

Wildfire Rages at Edge of U.S. Air Force Academy's Campus

Alternatives Examined as Student Health Insurance Plans Are Dropped

Student Health's Uncertain Future

Hazing Death Leading to Wide Changes at FAMU

Shootings Kill 3, Injure 3 in Off-Campus Residence of Auburn (AL) Students

Bullies Among the Faculty

South Korean University Will Reject Bullies

Debate on Profiling Potentially Violent Students

Big Ten Conference, Universities Plan Collaboration to Address Head Trauma in Sports

Athletic Trainers Release Guidelines to Prevent Deaths During Conditioning

3 Armored Car Guards Killed in Shooting at U. of Alberta

Colleges Struggle with Title IX Rules on How to Handle Reports of Sexual Violence

Education Department and Yale Settle Title IX Complaint

Syracuse Admits Flaws in Inquiry Into 2005 Abuse Allegations

Student in Human Sexuality Course Files For Complaint Against Instructor for Harassment

N.C. Court: Private College Police Records Aren't Public

Judge Upholds Negligence Verdict From Va. Tech Shootings but Reduces Damages

UC Davis Ordered to Release Names of Officers in Report on Pepper Spray Incident

U. of Nebraska Professor, Missing on China Trip, Returns to U.S.

3 Former Fraternity Pledges at Cornell U. Are Acquitted in Hazing-Death Case

Hartford Mayor Faults Handling of Trinity Assault

Audit Threatens U.S. Funds for Replacing Flood-Damaged Facilities at U. of Iowa

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Ed Tightens Anti-Hacking Rules

Delaware Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Social Media Privacy of University, College Students

'Faceprints' Multiply Privacy Concerns

New Approach Prevents Data Abuse on Mobile End Devices

Experts Say Threatening Pitt Emails Are Virtually Impossible to Trace

The Most Secure University Campuses in the Country

University of Nebraska Hacking Also Hit State Colleges

University of North Florida: Database Breach May Affect Thousands of Current and Former Students

Cyber Attacks Originating in China Target U.S. Defense Contractors, Universities

University of Florida Notifies Former Law Students About Privacy Breach

300+ UVA Students' Transcripts, SSNs Leaked Online

Malware May Knock Some Windows Users Offline July 9

Campus Security

Jury Finds Penn State's Sandusky Guilty

A Pennsylvania jury found former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 charges of sexual abuse he faced. Sandusky could spend life in prison for the charges, which... | Read more >

Wildfire Rages at Edge of U.S. Air Force Academy's Campus

A wildfire raging along a boundary of the U.S. Air Force Academy has caused about 550 cadets to be relocated off-grounds, some to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Although the fire burned about ten acres... | Read more >

Alternatives Examined as Student Health Insurance Plans Are Dropped

Many colleges are dropping their student health insurance plans due to required premium hikes under President Obama's health care overhaul legislation. The plans are usually low quality plans that provide so little... | Read more >

Student Health's Uncertain Future

College health centers are facing a multitude of new issues that are making it difficult to stay afloat. In recent years, health centers have seen their funding dwindle as student demand rises. Concerns about campus safety... | Read more >

Hazing Death Leading to Wide Changes at FAMU

Officials at Florida A&M University are dealing with the school's culture of hazing that led to the beating death of drum major Robert Champion last November. President James Ammons suspended the famed Marching 100... | Read more >

Shootings Kill 3, Injure 3 in Off-Campus Residence of Auburn (AL) Students

A shooting at Auburn University on June 9 left three people killed and three others injured. Desmonte Leonard, 22, has been charged with three counts of capital murder. The shooting occurred at an apartment complex near the... | Read more >

Bullies Among the Faculty

A session at the annual conference of the American Association of University Professors on June 14 explored incivility and bullying in the academic workplace. Two speakers, Lisa Wallace, associate professor of communication... | Read more >

South Korean University Will Reject Bullies

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, will reject applicants with a history of bullying unless they have shown regret and a change of behavior. The country's schools must now maintain records of students who bully due... | Read more >

Debate on Profiling Potentially Violent Students

At the annual convention of the American College Health Association on June 1, participants discussed profiling people who commit violent acts. Many of the risk factors, including having a history of violent behavior and... | Read more >

Big Ten Conference, Universities Plan Collaboration to Address Head Trauma in Sports

The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League announced on June 19 that they will conduct research and share data on head trauma in college sports. The new partnership will also include the Big Ten's provost-run Committee... | Read more >

Athletic Trainers Release Guidelines to Prevent Deaths During Conditioning

At the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers' Association on June 27, a group of health care experts released new guidelines to prevent deaths during conditioning workouts, which have affected 21 NCAA... | Read more >

3 Armored Car Guards Killed in Shooting at U. of Alberta

A 21-year-old is facing charges in the killings of three people and the attempted murder of a fourth during an armored car robbery on the campus of the University of Alberta in Canada. Travis Baumgartner shot four armored... | Read more >

Colleges Struggle with Title IX Rules on How to Handle Reports of Sexual Violence

A warning letter to colleges last year from the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has some colleges still struggling on how to handle reports of sexual harassment and violence among student victims. The... | Read more >

Education Department and Yale Settle Title IX Complaint

In an investigation into sexual harassment cases at Yale University, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found that the institution under-reported cases of sexual harassment and assault by... | Read more >

Syracuse Admits Flaws in Inquiry Into 2005 Abuse Allegations

A recent report on how Syracuse University responded to allegations that Bernie Fine, then an assistant basketball coach, had sexually abused a boy, faulted some aspects of the school's response in 2005. The report... | Read more >

Student in Human Sexuality Course Files For Complaint Against Instructor for Harassment

A Western Nevada College student filed a federal complaint in June against one of her instructors for allegedly creating a "sexually hostile class environment." Karen Royce was enrolled in Tom Kubistant's fall... | Read more >

N.C. Court: Private College Police Records Aren't Public

A North Carolina appeals court has ruled that Elon College, a private institution, is not covered by the open records requirement.  The case was brought by a student journalist filing an open records request for... | Read more >

Judge Upholds Negligence Verdict From Va. Tech Shootings but Reduces Damages

A Virginia judge reduced the $4 million in damages awarded to two families who said their daughters could have survived the 2007 mass shootings at Virginia Tech if the university had warned the campus more quickly. The... | Read more >

UC Davis Ordered to Release Names of Officers in Report on Pepper Spray Incident

Due to a lawsuit filed by The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee, the University of California must reveal the names of police officers criticized in a report about last year's pepper spraying incident at the... | Read more >

U. of Nebraska Professor, Missing on China Trip, Returns to U.S.

A University of Nebraska at Lincoln professor who went missing while accompanying students on a trip to China returned to the U.S. on June 23. Weixing Li says he was detained for two weeks due to a misunderstanding about a... | Read more >

3 Former Fraternity Pledges at Cornell U. Are Acquitted in Hazing-Death Case

Three former Cornell University fraternity pledges who were sued by the mother of a fellow student who died in a hazing-related incident were acquitted. George Desdunes was found unconscious in the fraternity house with a... | Read more >

Hartford Mayor Faults Handling of Trinity Assault

An assault on a Trinity College (CT) student in March prompted suspicions that the attackers were from a low-income neighborhood near the school. The investigation has not led to any arrests, but police are now... | Read more >

Audit Threatens U.S. Funds for Replacing Flood-Damaged Facilities at U. of Iowa

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an audit recommending that the department not provide $83 million to help the University of Iowa replace three buildings damaged in a 2008... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Ed Tightens Anti-Hacking Rules

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education on June 21 imposed tougher rules for the use of personal information in computer files. Prompted by data breaches due to viruses at Central Connecticut State University,... | Read more >

Delaware Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Social Media Privacy of University, College Students

Legislation in Delaware will prohibit state colleges and universities from requiring that students or applicants provide their social networking login information. The bill, which unanimously passed the state Senate on June... | Read more >

'Faceprints' Multiply Privacy Concerns

Facial recognition software used by websites such as Facebook is prompting concerns about online privacy. "Faceprints" are digital representations of the shapes and spacings of each person's face. Facebook has... | Read more >

New Approach Prevents Data Abuse on Mobile End Devices

New research at Saarland University, in Germany, has produced an app to prevent data abuse on web-enabled mobile phones and tablet computers. The SRT AppGuard prevents transmission of private data to a third party by... | Read more >

Experts Say Threatening Pitt Emails Are Virtually Impossible to Trace

Reporters are now receiving bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh in the form of emails that are virtually impossible to trace and require little technical knowledge to send. The hoax emails have been frequent,... | Read more >

The Most Secure University Campuses in the Country

A study on the rate of fraud at university campuses by fraud prevention firm iovation has produced a list of the top ten universities deemed as the safest places to access the Web. The firm used data gleaned from over one... | Read more >

University of Nebraska Hacking Also Hit State Colleges

A computer security breach of the University of Nebraska in May also affected the student records of the Nebraska State College System, including Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State Colleges. Authorities have not... | Read more >

University of North Florida: Database Breach May Affect Thousands of Current and Former Students

The names and Social Security numbers of 23,246 current and former students at the University of North Florida may have been compromised due to a computer server breach. The affected students submitted contracts to live in... | Read more >

Cyber Attacks Originating in China Target U.S. Defense Contractors, Universities

Universities and defense contractors are being targeted in a campaign using hacked servers by attackers located in China. The attack begins with an e-mail, appearing to come from a trusted source, sent to employees that... | Read more >

University of Florida Notifies Former Law Students About Privacy Breach

The Social Security numbers of 220 former law school students and applicants at the University of Florida were accessible on the Web and removed when they were discovered in May. The students had sought a roommate online in... | Read more >

300+ UVA Students' Transcripts, SSNs Leaked Online

The personal information of over 300 students at the University of Virginia was leaked online. The affected students applied to the university's Summer Language Institute. The compromised information included... | Read more >

Malware May Knock Some Windows Users Offline July 9

Malware resulting from a large online advertising scam may cause as many as 277,000 Window users worldwide, 74,000 in the U.S., to be knocked offline--unless they change their DNS server addresses. To see if a computer is... | Read more >

 
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