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August 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Universities That Suspect Attended React to Colorado Killings

Lawmakers Urged to Pass Bill Protecting Women From Campus Violence

NCAA Levies $60 Million Fine Against Penn State

NCAA Board Endorses Bigger Penalties for Worst Violators

Iowa Supreme Court Blocks Access to Sex Assault Files

What Should You Do in a Mass Shooting?

Family of Journal Editor Who Committed Suicide Sues U. of Virginia

Concussions May Be on Rise in College Football

Hate Crime Hoaxes

Tenure and Harassment

Florida A&M President to Quit Immediately

Costly High-Security Biolab at Kansas State U. Wins New Endorsement

U. of California Settles Felony Charges Stemming From Fatal Lab Fire

UC-Irvine Professor, Charged With Arson, May Have Intended to Kill

Xavier U. of Ohio to Amend Policies on Sexual Assault After Title IX Investigation

Eastern Michigan U. Board to President: Control Your Drinking, or You're Fired

Professor in China Is Dismissed for Stealing Academic Identity of Yale Faculty Member

U. of California Settles Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Semitism at Berkeley

Ex-Student at Murray State U. Is Acquitted in Trial Over 1998 Dorm Fire

Appeals Court Rejects Student's Lawsuit Against Southern Illinois U at Carbondale Over Alleged Harassment by Professor

Tweet Leads to Arrest at Kent State

3 U. of Alabama Students Injured in Shooting at Bar Near Campus

Professor Suspended for Joke about Shooting Wins Pay for Time Suspended from Bowling Green State

Fordham Official Quits Amid Accusations of Abuse in 1969

Abuse Charges Filed Against Ex-Coach at Catawba College (NC)

Google at the Gates: Objections to Mapping Campus Walkways

Analysis: While Congress Dithers, Cyber Threats Grow Greater

Password Hack Shows Yahoo Failed Security 101

Hacker Group Breaches Yale Databases

OSU Warning Students, Staff of Security Breach

Campus Security

Universities That Suspect Attended React to Colorado Killings

Universities attended by James Holmes, the suspect in the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed and dozens others injured, are offering some information, but little that would... | Read more >

Lawmakers Urged to Pass Bill Protecting Women From Campus Violence

Advocates are encouraging lawmakers to pass legislation to protect women and expand campus reporting of crimes against them. The House of Representatives and the Senate have each passed bills to reauthorize the Violence... | Read more >

NCAA Levies $60 Million Fine Against Penn State

On July 23, the NCAA imposed several penalties on Pennsylvania State University for its role in concealing child sex crimes by former football coach Jerry Sandusky. The punishment includes a $60 million fine, a four-year... | Read more >

NCAA Board Endorses Bigger Penalties for Worst Violators

The NCAA on August 2 endorsed stiffer penalties for the most egregious violations of its rules. As part of the changes, the Division I Committee on Infractions would be significantly increased and would have discretion over... | Read more >

Iowa Supreme Court Blocks Access to Sex Assault Files

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the University of Iowa does not have to release files related to a 2007 investigation of sexual assault charges against former football players. The court cited a provision in the... | Read more >

What Should You Do in a Mass Shooting?

The Department of Homeland Security is offering guidance to the public on how to lessen the likelihood of becoming a casualty in a mass shooting. Seminars, online courses, posters, a booklet, and a pocket card highlight... | Read more >

Family of Journal Editor Who Committed Suicide Sues U. of Virginia

The family of a former managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, who killed himself two years ago after he complained about workplace bullying by his boss, has filed a $10 million wrongful-death lawsuit against the... | Read more >

Concussions May Be on Rise in College Football

Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine on July 12 shows that the concussion rate in three college football programs has doubled in recent years. The study compiled... | Read more >

Hate Crime Hoaxes

In recent years, hate crimes uncovered as hoaxes have been popping up on college campuses and are proving to be a difficult problem to address. In 2005, a student was arrested for writing threatening notes to minority... | Read more >

Tenure and Harassment

Questions are being raised as to why a professor at Eastern Michigan University was denied tenure after the university found out he had sexually harassed students and one staff member multiple times, yet was still allowed... | Read more >

Florida A&M President to Quit Immediately

James H. Ammons, the Florida A&M University president who was criticized for his administration's actions after the hazing death of a marching band member, will leave his job immediately. In July, Ammons announced... | Read more >

Costly High-Security Biolab at Kansas State U. Wins New Endorsement

Kansas State University won an endorsement by a National Research Council study panel for its bid to host a $1.1 billion high-security federal laboratory for studying food-related pathogens. The panel concluded that the... | Read more >

U. of California Settles Felony Charges Stemming From Fatal Lab Fire

The University of California settled three felony charges with the Los Angeles County District attorney's office related to a 2008 lab fire that killed graduate assistant Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji. As part of the... | Read more >

UC-Irvine Professor, Charged With Arson, May Have Intended to Kill

An associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California-Irvine has been charged with setting five arson fires connected with the high school his son attended before committing suicide. Rainer Klaus... | Read more >

Xavier U. of Ohio to Amend Policies on Sexual Assault After Title IX Investigation

Xavier University, Ohio, will begin various training and reporting programs to protect victims of sexual assault and harassment, as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil... | Read more >

Eastern Michigan U. Board to President: Control Your Drinking, or You're Fired

Following an alcohol-induced argument between Eastern Michigan University president Susan W. Martin and an alumnus, the Board of Regents issued a warning letter to Martin. The letter says that the “use of alcohol and... | Read more >

Professor in China Is Dismissed for Stealing Academic Identity of Yale Faculty Member

A professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology was dismissed for assuming the academic identity of a Yale University professor whose name is similar. The Beijing professor claimed credit for seven journal... | Read more >

U. of California Settles Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Semitism at Berkeley

The University of California settled a lawsuit brought by two students who accused the school of tolerating anti-Semitism on its Berkeley campus. Under the terms of the settlement, Brian Maissy, a current Berkeley student,... | Read more >

Ex-Student at Murray State U. Is Acquitted in Trial Over 1998 Dorm Fire

A former student at Murray State University, Kentucky, was acquitted of charges in connection with a 1998 dormitory fire that killed another student and injured five others. Jerry Walker, Jr. was previously tried in 2001... | Read more >

Appeals Court Rejects Student's Lawsuit Against Southern Illinois U at Carbondale Over Alleged Harassment by Professor

A federal appeals court ruled on July 10 that Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is not liable for an undergraduate's claims that an emeritus faculty member sexually harassed him. After the student, Samuel... | Read more >

Tweet Leads to Arrest at Kent State

A Kent State University student was charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing after he posted a message on Twitter threatening to shoot up the campus. William Koberna, 19, also directed profanity at university... | Read more >

3 U. of Alabama Students Injured in Shooting at Bar Near Campus

Three University of Alabama students were injured when a 44-year-old man opened fire outside a bar located about a mile from the campus. Nathan Van Wilkins shot a total of 17 people and has since been charged with attempted... | Read more >

Professor Suspended for Joke about Shooting Wins Pay for Time Suspended from Bowling Green State

An Ohio appeals court has ordered Bowling Green State University to pay a professor back for the time he was suspended for talking in class about shooting his students. Norman I. Eckel was suspended for eight months in 2005... | Read more >

Fordham Official Quits Amid Accusations of Abuse in 1969

The head of Fordham University's Westchester County campus resigned on July 20 amid accusations of sexually abusing a boy in 1969. The university says that Brother James Liguori passed a criminal background check when... | Read more >

Abuse Charges Filed Against Ex-Coach at Catawba College (NC)

Catawba College, North Carolina, is investigating sexual abuse that may have occurred on campus in the late 1980s. Ralph Wager, a former soccer coach at the college, was indicted on charges of sexually abusing a boy in 1987... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Google at the Gates: Objections to Mapping Campus Walkways

As part of Google's visual mapping project, the company wants to extend its Street View to include campus walkways. Google's camera-mounted cars have been driving on public roadways around the world taking panoramic... | Read more >

Analysis: While Congress Dithers, Cyber Threats Grow Greater

Multiple cybersecurity bills before Congress, including the Cybersecurity Act, the SECURE IT Act, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House in April, as well as the compromise framework led... | Read more >

Password Hack Shows Yahoo Failed Security 101

Almost 443,000 email addresses and passwords for a Yahoo site were exposed on July 11. The breach also affected login information for other sites, including Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, and other hosts. The information was exposed... | Read more >

Hacker Group Breaches Yale Databases

A hacker group obtained the personal information of students and staff members at Yale University who took part in the Yale Initiative to Strengthen Teaching in Public Schools on July 17. The group, known as NullCrew,... | Read more >

OSU Warning Students, Staff of Security Breach

The personal information of about 21,000 current and former students and employees at Oregon State University may have been exposed during a security breach. The records, dated between 1996 and 2009, included names, payment... | Read more >

 
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