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August 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Study of Student Veterans Points to Need for More Support

Online Research Fraught with New Ethical, Legal Issues

Casual References to Violence Bring Serious Consequences for College Instructors

Dealing With Severely Depressed Students and the Law

Notre Dame Making Changes To Sexual Assault Response

Heat Stroke Ever Present Danger During Football Practice in Summer

Central Florida's Athletic Association Found Negligent in Player's Death

Binghamton U Senior Killed During Overseas Research Trip

New Laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin Are Meant to Allow Guns on Campuses

Gun Ban on U VA Campus Questioned

International Students Return to Japan

Ohio State Admits NCAA Violations and Wipes Out 2010 Football Season

Boston College Subpoenas Point Out Problems with International Legal Assistance Treaties

White House Holds Competition to Build App Against Abuse

Virginia Tech Lifts Lockdown After Gun Scare

Chestnut Hill (PA) Professor Jumps to His Death in Front of His Students

New Association for Recovery Centers in Higher Education

CU-Boulder Students Required To Take Online Alcohol Course

Slow Decline Continues for Binge Drinking Among N.D. College Students

Video Tells Struggling Gay Teens, "It Gets Better"

Suspected Bomb-Builder in 2001 Arson at U. of Washington Awaits Extradition

College Coaches Victimized in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Copper Stolen Again From CU-Boulder's Biotechnology Building

Files Stolen at UNC Chapel Hill

Programmer Charged With Hacking Into Journal Database

Court Backs Right of University to Discipline Student for Facebook Comments

Website Attacks Spark Cyber-Security Demand

Laptop Thief Ordered to Pay Professor for Lost Files

UNC-Charlotte Employee Accused of Falsifying Foreign-Student Records in SEVIS

Campus Security

Study of Student Veterans Points to Need for More Support

Nearly half the military veterans enrolled in college have contemplated suicide and 20 percent have planned to kill themselves, according to a study by the National Center for Veterans’ Studies at the University of... | Read more >

Online Research Fraught with New Ethical, Legal Issues

In 2006, Harvard sociologists examining questions of race, cultural tastes, and relationships struck research gold: 1700 Facebook profiles downloaded from a class of students at an “anonymous” university. ... | Read more >

Casual References to Violence Bring Serious Consequences for College Instructors

A Widener University tenured law professor was banned from campus in December after he discussed hypothetically shooting his dean in a criminal-law class and two students brought complaints against him for the remark,... | Read more >

Dealing With Severely Depressed Students and the Law

In addition to the higher education officials in student affairs, counseling and mental health, college and university lawyers must deal with the question of how far they can go to stop students who are threatening suicide.... | Read more >

Notre Dame Making Changes To Sexual Assault Response

The University of Notre Dame has agreed to changes in how it handles allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, including allowing accusers to appeal the results of a disciplinary hearing, following an investigation by... | Read more >

Heat Stroke Ever Present Danger During Football Practice in Summer

Football practice begins in August for students from ages 6 to 20-something.  The heat in the United States this summer has been especially severe, prompting warnings about the dangers of heat stroke.  Already, in... | Read more >

Central Florida's Athletic Association Found Negligent in Player's Death

A jury found the University of Central Florida’s Athletic Association negligent in the death of Ereck Plancher, who collapsed and died following offseason conditioning drills at the university’s football complex... | Read more >

Binghamton U Senior Killed During Overseas Research Trip

A Binghamton University senior was killed in an automobile accident during a college-sponsored summer research trip in Costa Rica. Zoe Damon was a 20-year-old biology major.  The van, driven by an associate professor... | Read more >

New Laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin Are Meant to Allow Guns on Campuses

Gun-rights advocates have been trying to expand the number of states that allow concealed firearms on college campuses. They have achieved apparent victories in Mississippi and Wisconsin, despite confusion over the scope... | Read more >

Gun Ban on U VA Campus Questioned

The University of Virginia lacks the legal authority to apply its ban on guns on campus to those who have concealed carry permits, according to an opinion released by Ken Cuccinelli, attorney general of Virginia, The... | Read more >

International Students Return to Japan

Japanese universities are reporting, to their relief, that most of the international students who left the country after the tsunami and associated nuclear worries, and whose programs haven't ended, are returning,... | Read more >

Ohio State Admits NCAA Violations and Wipes Out 2010 Football Season

Ohio State acknowledged major NCAA rules violations and said it would vacate all wins from its 2010 football season as punishment.  It has wiped out last year’s 12-1 record and self-imposed a two-year probation.... | Read more >

Boston College Subpoenas Point Out Problems with International Legal Assistance Treaties

A subpoena for research materials from Boston College’s Belfast Project has conflicted with both promises of confidentiality and the interpretation of an international legal assistance treaty. Boston College received... | Read more >

White House Holds Competition to Build App Against Abuse

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced a contest to develop a smartphone app to help students better protect themselves in risky situations. It... | Read more >

Virginia Tech Lifts Lockdown After Gun Scare

Virginia Tech locked down its campus for five hours and canceled classes August 4 after three teens reported seeing a possible gunman outside a dining hall.  A university police dispatcher issued the lockdown alert at... | Read more >

Chestnut Hill (PA) Professor Jumps to His Death in Front of His Students

Rudolf Alexandrov, 71, an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College, near Philadelphia, PA, dove over a railing to his death in front of his students and his wife.  He reportedly had a history of depression.

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New Association for Recovery Centers in Higher Education

Campus recovery programs for college students who have been struggling with drinking and addiction to drugs —often called “recovery communities”—are growing in the United States.  Now they will... | Read more >

CU-Boulder Students Required To Take Online Alcohol Course

Incoming University of Colorado students are being required to take an online alcohol education course before the fall semester. The online course complements an interactive theater lesson at orientation, a packet sent to... | Read more >

Slow Decline Continues for Binge Drinking Among N.D. College Students

The rate of binge drinking among North Dakota college students is continuing a slow decline, according to a survey of about 4,000 students last year about their drinking and drug habits. About 48 percent said they had five... | Read more >

Video Tells Struggling Gay Teens, "It Gets Better"

Out of concern about bullying and harassment, and following a wave of suicides by teenagers who were bullied for being gay or suspected of it, a new video has been created to address perpetrators and victims. In it,... | Read more >

Suspected Bomb-Builder in 2001 Arson at U. of Washington Awaits Extradition

The man accused of building the device used to firebomb the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture in 2001 is in federal custody and awaiting extradition to Washington State to stand trial, The... | Read more >

College Coaches Victimized in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

More than a dozen current and former college basketball coaches may have lost millions of dollars they invested with Houston businessman J. David Salinas, who killed himself during a federal investigation into his... | Read more >

Copper Stolen Again From CU-Boulder's Biotechnology Building

Thieves have stolen copper for the third time from the University of Colorado's biotechnology building construction site, even with around-the-clock guards and security cameras. The amount of copper wiring that was... | Read more >

Files Stolen at UNC Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported Monday that confidential records about student judicial cases had been stolen, The Durham Herald-Sun reported. The records were kept by the student honors committee,... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Programmer Charged With Hacking Into Journal Database

A 24-year-old online activist was charged with sneaking into a computer closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and making unauthorized downloads of more than four million journal articles.  Programmer... | Read more >

Court Backs Right of University to Discipline Student for Facebook Comments

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the right of the University of Minnesota to discipline a student in a mortuary sciences program who posted jokes about a cadaver on a Facebook page, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The... | Read more >

Website Attacks Spark Cyber-Security Demand

The business of protecting computers and servers from intruders has been growing nearly 10% a year since 2006, but security industry officials say 2011 may be the busiest yet. Security and data breaches have cost U.S.... | Read more >

Laptop Thief Ordered to Pay Professor for Lost Files

Judges have ordered a laptop thief to pay nearly $10,000 to a Utah Valley University professor for his lost files and PowerPoint lectures. Michael J. Birkeland admitted stealing Perry Stewart’s laptop in 2008; damages... | Read more >

UNC-Charlotte Employee Accused of Falsifying Foreign-Student Records in SEVIS

A former staff member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was charged on Thursday with using his access to the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)... | Read more >

 
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