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September 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Efforts to Halt Hazing Feed Continued Debate About Fraternities and Sororities

East-Coast Colleges in U.S. Clean Up After Hurricane Irene

Murder/Suicide of Grad Student and Former Professor at U of Idaho

Romantic Relationships Between Faculty and Students

Washington State U to Appeal $82,500 Fine for Violating Clery Act

AAUP Urges University of Virginia to Protect Climate Researchers' Documents

Who Misuses Prescription Drugs?

Frostburg State Football Player May Have Died From Head Trauma

Nanotechnologists Are Targets of Unabomber Copycat

Studying Reaction to Disaster

Campuses in Berks County, PA and Safety Measures

More Data on Effectiveness of Campus Addiction-Recovery Programs May Soon Be Available

Cal State Prof Charged With Leading Motorcycle Gang Drug Ring

Brawl Between Georgetown Athletes and Chinese Team

Smartphone App Connects Students to Campus Police

The Vaccines a First-Year Student Needs

Bans on Smoking Adopted By 2 More Mass. Universities

Valdosta State Professor Acquitted of Battery Charges for Closing Student Laptop

Concerned About Cloud Security, Institutions Negotiate Standard Contract With E-Mail Providers

New Site Trades Pirated E-Textbooks

University of Wisconsin Warns 75,000 of Data Breach

43,000 Yale Social Security Numbers Exposed in Google Hacking

Purdue Warns 7,000 Ex-students of Data Breach

Facebook Tweaks Users' Privacy Controls

University of Hawaii Manoa Students Targets of Cybercriminals

Syrian Hackers Take Over Facebook Page That Looks Like Columbia U Page

Keeping Electronics Safe

Campus Security


The study of disasters and their outcomes for human society have burgeoned in recent years.  Whether a hurricane or tsunami or oil spill or terrorist attack, researchers look at how local and federal governments put... | Read more >

Efforts to Halt Hazing Feed Continued Debate About Fraternities and Sororities

In late August at least three edicts were declared against fraternities. The University of South Carolina temporarily suspended fraternity rush; Princeton University barred fraternities and sororities from recruiting... | Read more >

East-Coast Colleges in U.S. Clean Up After Hurricane Irene

The last full week and weekend in August, college officials along the east coast of the U.S. watched warily and prepared for the worst as Hurricane Irene made its way toward them.  Irene hit the east of North Carolina... | Read more >

Murder/Suicide of Grad Student and Former Professor at U of Idaho

A graduate student at the University of Idaho was murdered August 22, and the prime suspect, a former assistant professor, apparently committed suicide after a standoff with law enforcement officers. Kathryn Benoit was a... | Read more >

Romantic Relationships Between Faculty and Students

Despite recent policies at colleges and universities that prohibit relationships between professors and the students they teach, and newer policies prohibiting all romantic and sexual relationships between instructors and... | Read more >

Washington State U to Appeal $82,500 Fine for Violating Clery Act

The U.S. Department of Education said that it would fine Washington State University $82,500 for failing to disclose two sexual assaults in 2007, and for maintaining insufficient campus-safety policies. These amounted to... | Read more >

AAUP Urges University of Virginia to Protect Climate Researchers' Documents

The American Association of University Professors and three other advocacy groups are urging the University of Virginia's president, Teresa A. Sullivan, to scale back an agreement she made with a conservative group that... | Read more >

Who Misuses Prescription Drugs?

The misuse of prescription drugs is estimated to have multiplied by five from 1999 to 2005, according to multiple studies.  A doctoral candidate in school psychology at the University of Rhode Island, Genevieve Verdi... | Read more >

Frostburg State Football Player May Have Died From Head Trauma

The father of a Frostburg State University football player said that, pending further information, doctors felt his son died from “severe head trauma,” The New York Times reported August 29. Death from head... | Read more >

Nanotechnologists Are Targets of Unabomber Copycat

A terrorist group targeting nanotechnologists sent a package bomb that injured two professors at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, outside Mexico City, in early August.  It was the latest in a... | Read more >

Studying Reaction to Disaster

The study of disasters and their outcomes for human society has multiplied in recent years.  Whether a hurricane or tsunami or oil spill or terrorist attack, researchers look at how local and federal governments put... | Read more >

Campuses in Berks County, PA and Safety Measures

The five colleges and universities in Berks County, PA have crisis management plans and meet regularly to discuss safety and security issues.  Alvernia University required a full lockdown on Aug. 1, when a shooting... | Read more >

More Data on Effectiveness of Campus Addiction-Recovery Programs May Soon Be Available

Despite the growth of campus-based drug or alcohol addiction recovery programs, little research has been done about their effectiveness.  Success stories are well known; and counselors may have facts about their own... | Read more >

Cal State Prof Charged With Leading Motorcycle Gang Drug Ring

Stephen Kinzey, an associate professor of kinesiology at California State University at San Bernardino, is being sought by police because of allegations that he led a motorcycle gang that sold methamphetamine.  Nine... | Read more >

Brawl Between Georgetown Athletes and Chinese Team

When Georgetown University's basketball team traveled to China to play basketball as part of the university’s efforts to build ties in that country early in August, a brawl broke out during a game in Beijing with... | Read more >

Smartphone App Connects Students to Campus Police

Computer scientists at the University of Maryland have built a smartphone app that automatically connects students and staff with campus police by opening up video and audio feeds on their devices.

The app is... | Read more >

The Vaccines a First-Year Student Needs

While each state has different vaccination requirements for students, most colleges require that students have had vaccination for or proof of having had measles, mumps, chickenpox; and that they have had vaccination for... | Read more >

Bans on Smoking Adopted By 2 More Mass. Universities

Two more Massachusetts universities—Bridgewater State University and Salem State--have banned smoking on campus beginning today. The complete ban includes lawns, parking lots, and sidewalks. Five hundred other... | Read more >

Valdosta State Professor Acquitted of Battery Charges for Closing Student Laptop

A Georgia jury has acquitted Frank J. Rybicki, assistant professor of mass media at Valdosta State University, of battery charges related to his shutting the laptop of a student in one of his classes in March. Rybicki... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Concerned About Cloud Security, Institutions Negotiate Standard Contract With E-Mail Providers

Over the last year, a group of 12 high-profile research universities has been negotiating with commercial e-mail providers to create a standard contract that would reduce the costs and concerns of outsourcing the handling... | Read more >

New Site Trades Pirated E-Textbooks

A new site devoted to illegally trading e-textbooks started operating last year, and began a public-relations blitz in August.  A copycat site of the large Textbook Torrents site that was shut down 3 years ago, the... | Read more >

University of Wisconsin Warns 75,000 of Data Breach

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has tried to contact about 75,000 people to let them know their names and Social Security Numbers could have been accessed by cyber-criminals. Technology staff found malware on a... | Read more >

43,000 Yale Social Security Numbers Exposed in Google Hacking

Hackers seeking sensitive data increasing use Google searches. “Google hacking” for website vulnerabilities resulted in a recent Yale University data breach: for 10 months the names and Social Security numbers... | Read more >

Purdue Warns 7,000 Ex-students of Data Breach

Purdue University is warning more than 7,000 former students that their Social Security numbers may have been accessed last year during a computer breach.

Purdue said Monday that a computer server containing old... | Read more >

Facebook Tweaks Users' Privacy Controls

Facebook has always struggled to balance giving users too little control over privacy and giving them too much, for fear they won’t share much at all. Now it has announced changes it says will help users better... | Read more >

University of Hawaii Manoa Students Targets of Cybercriminals

University of Hawaii students have been targeted in phishing emails. Just before orientation day at UH Manoa, students received an email stating the university is removing access to all Webmail clients in order to upgrade.... | Read more >

Syrian Hackers Take Over Facebook Page That Looks Like Columbia U Page

As Syrian security forces cracked down on protesters, supporters of the regime launched their own attack on a Facebook page that looks like it belongs to Columbia University and posted praise for President Bashar al-Assad.... | Read more >

Keeping Electronics Safe

Students leave for college equipped with a cell phone, iPod, iPad, laptop computer and other electronic gadgets. Not only are those items valuable, many of them are small enough to slip into a pocket or backpack in seconds.... | Read more >

 
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