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August 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

New Research on Risk Factors for Suicidal Students

Sex Offenders on Campus: Registry Lets Students Know Who's Around, but Some Schools Don't Ask About Criminal History

As New Clery Act Requirement Takes Effect, Hamilton College Works with New York State and Local Police

Report: Colleges Don't Do Enough to Stop Student Drinking

When Students Become Class Bullies, Professors Are Among the Victims

Chicago Colleges Sign Pact to Help Each Other in Emergencies

In Widely Applicable Decision, Court Strikes Down Security Fee Part of Southeastern Louisiana University's Free Speech Policy

LeTourneau University's New Police Presence Forms Hybrid with Student Security Force for Its Small, Quiet Campus

New Texas Law: College Students Must Get Meningococcal Vaccine

Water-Safety Training Urged for Foreign Students in Canada

DNA Testing: A Twist to University Risk Management

U. of Washington Police Officer Spied on Student Group, ACLU Alleges

University of Montana Law School Threat Ends Without Incident

Studies Halted at Columbia Brain Lab Over Impure Injections

Rising Above the Flood

Off to College: How to Keep Yourself, Your Stuff Safe on Campus

Six Tips for Safe Off-Campus Living

In Emergencies, Aid Agencies Turn to a College-Created Software Program

Colleges Required to Block Illegal File-Sharing

Is Your Flashy School Website Safe?

Tabnabbing Steals Your Personal Information

Maybe Students Actually Care About Facebook Privacy

University of Hawaii Breach Affects 53,000

Oregon State University Warns of Potential Data Breach from Computer Virus

Buena Vista Reports Data Security Breach

Campus Security

New Research on Risk Factors for Suicidal Students

A new study of 1,085 students at the University of Maryland shows that many college students think about suicide. Twelve percent of the students said they had pondered committing suicide at least once, with 37 saying they did... | Read more >

Sex Offenders on Campus: Registry Lets Students Know Who's Around, but Some Schools Don't Ask About Criminal History

Many students at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT were surprised recently to learn that at least eleven sex offenders are registered for classes there. Gateway officials said they don’t normally publicize it to... | Read more >

As New Clery Act Requirement Takes Effect, Hamilton College Works with New York State and Local Police

A new stipulation in the Clery Act requires colleges and universities to create and publicize their emergency response and evacuation plans, test the plans on an annual basis, and document the results of the drill. The... | Read more >

Report: Colleges Don't Do Enough to Stop Student Drinking

A new study shows that although college administrators recognize that student drinking is a problem, they tend to focus on individual interventions and campus-based alcohol restrictions. The study urges them to do more work... | Read more >

When Students Become Class Bullies, Professors Are Among the Victims

Recent surveys indicate that most professors can recount a moment when students have been excessively rude or threatening, or even made them fear physical violence. Female professors are more likely to be seriously affected by... | Read more >

Chicago Colleges Sign Pact to Help Each Other in Emergencies

On July 20, twelve higher education institutions south of Chicago signed a "mutual-aid agreement" to assist one another in case of a campus emergency. That assistance could include lending equipment, facilities, or... | Read more >

In Widely Applicable Decision, Court Strikes Down Security Fee Part of Southeastern Louisiana University's Free Speech Policy

A Louisiana appeals court ruled July 27 that universities cannot require a security fee for speaking on campus without any guidelines for what security is needed. The court said that Southeastern Louisiana University's free... | Read more >

LeTourneau University's New Police Presence Forms Hybrid with Student Security Force for Its Small, Quiet Campus

LeTourneau University in Longview, TX has decided to strengthen its security measures despite a low, stable crime rate and a ban on drinking and smoking for its 1,300 students. “As the university grows and the community... | Read more >

New Texas Law: College Students Must Get Meningococcal Vaccine

A new Texas law may protect college students from meningococcal disease, a deadly disease that strikes young adults living in close quarters like dormitories. Each year, some 1,500 cases are diagnosed in the United States. It... | Read more >

Water-Safety Training Urged for Foreign Students in Canada

The Lifesaving Society of British Columbia is urging Canadian universities involved with foreign students to ensure water-safety education is part of their orientation. In July, a 17-year-old student from China at school in... | Read more >

DNA Testing: A Twist to University Risk Management

Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley are incorporating student testing of their own DNA into their curriculums. Stanford recently began offering a class to medical and graduate students that gives... | Read more >

U. of Washington Police Officer Spied on Student Group, ACLU Alleges

The ACLU of Washington State alleges that the University of Washington's police department authorized an undercover officer to infiltrate and spy on a student group that was planning a protest on behalf of campus custodians.... | Read more >

University of Montana Law School Threat Ends Without Incident

Law enforcement officers at the University of Montana combed the campus July 20 after a threatening e-mail that warned of a rooftop sniper was sent to a faculty member. The e-mail, sent by an unknown author, prompted a massive... | Read more >

Studies Halted at Columbia Brain Lab Over Impure Injections

Columbia University has suspended research at a brain-imaging center after Food and Drug Administration investigators found that it had repeatedly injected mental patients with drugs containing potentially dangerous... | Read more >

Rising Above the Flood

The University of Iowa is still facing challenges resulting from a June 2008 flood that left an estimated $743 million impact on the campus. Although 15 of the 20 damaged buildings have already reopened, buildings that need to... | Read more >

Off to College: How to Keep Yourself, Your Stuff Safe on Campus

Experts say common sense is the best defense against thieves on college campuses. "It's all about access. In most incidents, victims were careless, unaware and too trusting,” says Chris McGoey, who runs a security... | Read more >

Six Tips for Safe Off-Campus Living

In 2008, there were 2,375 non-campus burglaries reported by colleges in the U.S. Students living off-campus can take several steps to help prevent burglaries and other crimes. For example, students must be aware of their... | Read more >

In Emergencies, Aid Agencies Turn to a College-Created Software Program

Students and professors of computer science at Trinity College and Wesleyan University have developed Collabbit, an emergency management software program for aid agencies. Students began working on the software last summer... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Colleges Required to Block Illegal File-Sharing

A new requirement for colleges to either install software to block illegal file-sharing or create some other procedure for preventing it took effect July 1. The requirement is part of the 2008 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.... | Read more >

Is Your Flashy School Website Safe?

According to a recent study, most educational websites are using Flash applications that fail to adequately secure these pages. This is a growing problem as vulnerable sites can be hijacked for malicious and criminal activity.... | Read more >

Tabnabbing Steals Your Personal Information

Hackers are stealing personal information with a new version of a phishing scheme, called tabnabbing. When you are browsing the Internet with several tabs or websites open, a hacker steals one tab while you're looking at... | Read more >

Maybe Students Actually Care About Facebook Privacy

New research suggests that students may be more aware of Facebook's privacy issues than they are given credit for. The study followed college students during 2009 and 2010 and found that, as they became aware Facebook's... | Read more >

University of Hawaii Breach Affects 53,000

A parking-office computer server at the University of Hawaii containing the personal information of 53,000 people was compromised May 30, and officials believe a site in China was involved. So far, "there is no indication... | Read more >

Oregon State University Warns of Potential Data Breach from Computer Virus

A computer containing the personal information of 34,000 current and former employees at Oregon State University was recently infected by a virus. OSU computer experts say it is "highly unlikely" that any... | Read more >

Buena Vista Reports Data Security Breach

Officials at Buena Vista University say a computer database with the personal identification information of 93,000 people associated with the university was compromised in June. There is no evidence that the information, which... | Read more >

 
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