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September 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Threat Assessment: Were There Warning Signs About U. of Colorado Shooter?

U. of Colorado to Set Aside Housing for Students With Concealed-Carry Permits

Campus Threat-Assessment Teams Face Complex Task of Judging Risk

Colleges Struggle to Respond to Graduate Students in Distress

Penn State Scandal Update: Trustees Appeal NCAA Sanctions and Another Sandusky Victim Sues

Minority Students Face More Discrimination on Low-Diversity Campuses, Report Says

Counter-Rape Culture: Efforts at U. of Montana and Boston U.

Teams Suspended Over New Hazing Concerns at Florida A&M and Humboldt State U

Former Basketball Star Faked Anti-Gay Attack, Police Say

Former Law Student Admits Breaking Into Registrar's Office

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina Help Colleges Struck by Hurricane Isaac

U. of Miami Employee Charged with Stealing $14 Million in Cancer Drugs

Man in Ireland Charged in Pitt Bomb Threats

Another Student Death, After Drinking, at Fresno State

U. of Iowa Fires Professor Who Was Suspended for Disruptive Behavior

Vatican Punishes Priest and Critic of Saint Vincent Officials

U. of California Report on Anti-Semitism Sparks Controversy

California Cracks Down on Colleges' Social Media Monitoring

4 Are Convicted of Stealing Almost $6 Million From Columbia U.

Victory for Colleges in Cybersquatting Case

Did Anonymous Hack Two Universities in Two Days?

Indiana U. Pulls Kinsey Institute's New App

University of Arizona Server Exposes Personal Data on 7,700

Personal Info of Faculty at the University of Rhode Island Compromised

Stanford Hospital Experiences Security Breach

University of South Carolina Starts Notifying 34,000 of Computer Records Hack

Penn State U. Laptop with Former Students’ Social Security Numbers Compromised

UNC-Chapel Hill Head: Peppers Grades Glance a Goof

Campus Security

Threat Assessment: Were There Warning Signs About U. of Colorado Shooter?

A month before University of Colorado graduate student James E. Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater on July 20, his university psychiatrist tried to bring him to the... | Read more >

U. of Colorado to Set Aside Housing for Students With Concealed-Carry Permits

Residential areas at two University of Colorado campuses will be created for students over the age of 21 with concealed carry weapon permits. Students living in the dorms, located at the Boulder and Colorado Springs... | Read more >

Campus Threat-Assessment Teams Face Complex Task of Judging Risk

College threat assessment teams are used to monitor campus incidents and hopefully intervene before a potentially violent member of the community snaps. However, the teams face challenges in assessing the extent of a... | Read more >

Colleges Struggle to Respond to Graduate Students in Distress

Almost 750 graduate students called the 24-hour National Graduate Student Crisis Line in the first six months of the year. According to GradResources, the nonprofit group that offers the hotline, grad students are concerned... | Read more >

Penn State Scandal Update: Trustees Appeal NCAA Sanctions and Another Sandusky Victim Sues

The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees is appealing the NCAA's sanctions against the university resulting from the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky. The filing is a precursor to a federal lawsuit seeking to... | Read more >

Minority Students Face More Discrimination on Low-Diversity Campuses, Report Says

A recent report from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles shows that students from minority racial and ethnic groups at colleges where minorities are underrepresented face... | Read more >

Counter-Rape Culture: Efforts at U. of Montana and Boston U.

While waiting for the results of a federal investigation into sexual assaults on its campus, the University of Montana will require all students to complete an online video tutorial and score perfectly on an accompanying... | Read more >

Teams Suspended Over New Hazing Concerns at Florida A&M and Humboldt State U

Florida A&M University suspended its Torque Dance Team following an anonymous report from a parent of an off-campus hazing incident that occurred over Labor Day weekend. The school has launched an investigation into the... | Read more >

Former Basketball Star Faked Anti-Gay Attack, Police Say

A former women's basketball player at the University of Nebraska, who told police that she was attacked inside her home in July, faked the incident, police said. Charlie Rogers, a lesbian, said three men broke into her... | Read more >

Former Law Student Admits Breaking Into Registrar's Office

A former University of Virginia law student who broke into the registrar's office to steal a transcript request in December has pleaded guilty. The student was offered a summer internship with a law firm who wanted to... | Read more >

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina Help Colleges Struck by Hurricane Isaac

Colleges in New Orleans that were struck by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago once again faced severe weather this August. Fortunately this time, the schools were better prepared for the storm. Hurricane Isaac caused some... | Read more >

U. of Miami Employee Charged with Stealing $14 Million in Cancer Drugs

The University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has lost more than $14 million in drugs at the hands of pharmacy technician Manuel Gerardo Pacheco, who is accused of stealing them over a three-year... | Read more >

Man in Ireland Charged in Pitt Bomb Threats

A man who lives in Ireland has been charged with sending dozens of bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh this spring. Law enforcement authorities did not speculate on the suspect's motive for the threats. Pitt... | Read more >

Another Student Death, After Drinking, at Fresno State

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the death of a freshman at Fresno State University. The night before the Theta Chi pledge died, he was at a fraternity event where drinking was involved. The cause of death has not been... | Read more >

U. of Iowa Fires Professor Who Was Suspended for Disruptive Behavior

A professor at the University of Iowa was dismissed for sending threatening emails to his colleagues. Malik E. Juweid, a radiology professor who is Christian and was born in Jordan, was accused of calling his colleagues... | Read more >

Vatican Punishes Priest and Critic of Saint Vincent Officials

A former faculty member of Saint Vincent College has been barred from the priesthood for allegedly downloading child pornography. In 2008, Rev. Mark Gruber publicly criticized leaders of the college. The following fall,... | Read more >

U. of California Report on Anti-Semitism Sparks Controversy

Some students and faculty are criticizing a report on the experiences of Jewish and Muslim students at six of the University of California's campuses. The system's president, Mark G. Yudof, convened an advisory... | Read more >

Cyber Security

California Cracks Down on Colleges' Social Media Monitoring

Legislation passed on August 21 by the California Senate would prohibit colleges from requesting access to students' social media accounts. Gov. Jerry Brown has until September 30 to sign the bill into law. Similar... | Read more >

4 Are Convicted of Stealing Almost $6 Million From Columbia U.

Four men who tampered with Columbia University's electronic bill-payment system were convicted on August 7 of stealing $5.7 million. One of the men worked in the university's finance department and received $10,000... | Read more >

Victory for Colleges in Cybersquatting Case

The website GoDaddy.com has been ordered to take four university-branded Web domains from a cyber-squatter after the universities filed a joint complaint. Mark "Omar" Quevillon registered the domains Brandeis.me,... | Read more >

Did Anonymous Hack Two Universities in Two Days?

On August 30, hackers gained access to a server at Oxford University, but no sensitive information was stolen. The previous day, Cambridge University's network was hacked. The incidents are thought to be part of an... | Read more >

Indiana U. Pulls Kinsey Institute's New App

Indiana University has pulled a new mobile app due to privacy concerns. The Kinsey Institute, which is part of the university, designed the app to collect self-reported data on sexual activity, birth control, public... | Read more >

University of Arizona Server Exposes Personal Data on 7,700

The names and Social Security numbers of about 7,700 people who received payments from the University of Arizona during the last school year were compromised during an upgrade of the school's financial systems this... | Read more >

Personal Info of Faculty at the University of Rhode Island Compromised

A security breach at the University of Rhode Island compromised the personal information about over 1,000 current and former faculty members and a small number of former students. The information, which included names,... | Read more >

Stanford Hospital Experiences Security Breach

A computer was stolen from a physician's locked office at the Stanford University hospital in July, putting the personal information of about 2,500 patients at risk. Compromised information included names, medical... | Read more >

University of South Carolina Starts Notifying 34,000 of Computer Records Hack

A computer intrusion at the University of South Carolina exposed the names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of 34,000 students, staff, and researchers at the College of Education. It is unclear when the breach, which... | Read more >

Penn State U. Laptop with Former Students’ Social Security Numbers Compromised

A laptop computer belonging to a faculty member at Penn State University was compromised.  It contained the Social Security numbers of 2,500 students who were in school between 1998 and 2004; the university used Social... | Read more >

UNC-Chapel Hill Head: Peppers Grades Glance a Goof

A computer breach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill led to the online release of the transcript of Julius Peppers, an NFL player and former football star at the school. The transcript was found on an... | Read more >

 
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