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October 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Colleges Need to Support Male Victims of Sexual Violence, Speaker Says

Juvenile Records and Admissions

Despite NCAA Efforts, Concussion Rates Hold Steady

New California Law Offers Protection to Injured Athletes

Campuses Offer Policies and Support Groups for Students Facing Loss

Bomb Threats on 3 Campuses in Single Day

University of Colorado Considers Scandal-Reporting Policy

SMU Faces Scrutiny on Response to Sexual Assaults

Money Worries Keep Students Going to Campus Food Banks

Florida A&M Claims No Responsibility in Hazing Death of Robert Champion

Protests Block Classes at American U. in Cairo

New Blogs Spotlight Hate

Amy Bishop Is Sentenced to Life in Prison, Bringing Legal Case to an End

As Hurricane Isaac Approached Louisiana, Colleges Applied Lessons From Katrina

U. of California Settles Suit in Pepper Spray Incident

Texas Southern Suspends Marching Band

Fired for a Joke? Professor's Quip Is No Laughing Matter at the Merchant Marine Academy

11 Geneseo Volleyball Players Arrested for Hazing

Hacker Group Breaches Thousands of University Records to Protest Higher Education

Open-Access Activist Faces Additional Felony Charges for Rogue Downloads

1 Billion Computers at Risk From Java Exploit

Reports of Another Education Department Data Breach

Cornell Criticizes Fake E-Mail in President's Name

Miami Hospital Hit By Second Patient Breach This Year

Indiana U. Must Review Sexual Activity App

Campus Security

Colleges Need to Support Male Victims of Sexual Violence, Speaker Says

At a conference held on October 5 by the Clery Center for Security on Campus, in Pennsylvania, experts on sexual assault discussed developing programs for all victims of sexual violence, including men. Conference attendees... | Read more >

Juvenile Records and Admissions

A student who enrolled at Temple University is caught in a legal battle over whether the university should have been informed about his juvenile record. This case highlights the broader, ongoing debate over how college... | Read more >

Despite NCAA Efforts, Concussion Rates Hold Steady

Despite rule changes and legislation, concussions among football players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association remained steady for the past seven years. A survey commissioned by the NCAA, which relied on reporting... | Read more >

New California Law Offers Protection to Injured Athletes

New legislation will require the four California universities that receive more than $10 million in media revenue related to athletics to cover insurance deductibles and pay health care premiums for low-income athletes. The... | Read more >

Campuses Offer Policies and Support Groups for Students Facing Loss

In recent years, colleges have begun creating grief absence policies to grant students excused absences in the event of family deaths or illnesses and allow students to make up class credit later. Approximately one-third of... | Read more >

Bomb Threats on 3 Campuses in Single Day

Bomb threats at colleges across the country have forced schools to evacuate their campuses. On September 14, the University of Texas at Austin, North Dakota State University, and Hiram College received bomb threats that... | Read more >

University of Colorado Considers Scandal-Reporting Policy

A group of regents at the University of Colorado is helping to guide a new policy requiring school officials to notify the board of potential scandals. The regents have asked the university's attorney to draft the... | Read more >

SMU Faces Scrutiny on Response to Sexual Assaults

Following criticism over how it has handled sexual assault reports, Southern Methodist University announced a new task force to study the problem. The move comes after questions were raised about whether SMU's... | Read more >

Money Worries Keep Students Going to Campus Food Banks

Since the financial crisis began in late 2007, many college students have been struggling not only to pay tuition but also to buy food. A 2010 study by the City University of New York system found that, in the previous... | Read more >

Florida A&M Claims No Responsibility in Hazing Death of Robert Champion

In a court document, Florida A&M University said it is not responsible for 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion's death due to hazing by the university band. The university's lawyers argued that Champion knew... | Read more >

Protests Block Classes at American U. in Cairo

The American University in Cairo is suspending classes due to protesting students who are closing campus gates. The university says that closing the gates creates a safety hazard because emergency vehicles would be unable... | Read more >

New Blogs Spotlight Hate

New blogs at Ohio State University and the University of Nebraska are reminding students that tweeting hateful messages is offensive and hurtful. The blogs are a collection of tweets and posts from students that mock or... | Read more >

Amy Bishop Is Sentenced to Life in Prison, Bringing Legal Case to an End

Amy Bishop, a former biology professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville charged with murdering three colleagues in 2010, was sentenced on September 24 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She had... | Read more >

As Hurricane Isaac Approached Louisiana, Colleges Applied Lessons From Katrina

Experience with Hurricane Katrina seven years ago enabled universities in New Orleans to be better prepared for Hurricane Isaac this August. Although Isaac was much less powerful than Katrina, the storm still caused power... | Read more >

U. of California Settles Suit in Pepper Spray Incident

No criminal charges will be filed against police officers at the University of California at Davis for using pepper spray last year on students who were protesting non-violently. The district attorney's office in Yolo... | Read more >

Texas Southern Suspends Marching Band

Texas Southern University has suspended its marching band following a report of hazing among its members. It is unknown how many students were involved, but it is believed to involve one section of the band and... | Read more >

Fired for a Joke? Professor's Quip Is No Laughing Matter at the Merchant Marine Academy

A professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy may lose his tenured position because of a joking reference he made to the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater in August, in which 12 people died and 58 were injured.... | Read more >

11 Geneseo Volleyball Players Arrested for Hazing

Women's volleyball games have been called off at the State University of New York at Geneseo due to charges of hazing and unlawfully dealing with a minor. Eleven current and former team members were arrested after eight... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Hacker Group Breaches Thousands of University Records to Protest Higher Education

A group of hackers known as Team GhostShell claimed responsibility for breaking into over 120,000 computer accounts at dozens of universities, including Harvard University and the Universities of Cambridge and Tokyo.... | Read more >

Open-Access Activist Faces Additional Felony Charges for Rogue Downloads

Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and activist who was charged last year with abusing computer networks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now faces additional felony charges for allegedly downloading millions... | Read more >

1 Billion Computers at Risk From Java Exploit

A flaw in Java is putting one billion users at risk of attacks by hackers. The flaw affects all versions of Java on most desktop platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. The vulnerability bypasses Java... | Read more >

Reports of Another Education Department Data Breach

A glitch in a new feature for student borrowers on the Education Department's National Student Loan Data System allowed some borrowers to see personal information about other borrowers. The system allows borrowers and... | Read more >

Cornell Criticizes Fake E-Mail in President's Name

A fake e-mail was sent to student leaders at Cornell University by someone impersonating David Skorton, the university's president. The e-mail seems to show that Skorton is not interested in dealing with bias issues on... | Read more >

Miami Hospital Hit By Second Patient Breach This Year

Two employees at the University of Miami Hospital were fired for allegedly stealing and possibly selling patients' personal information, including names, addresses, dates of birth, insurance policy numbers, the reason... | Read more >

Indiana U. Must Review Sexual Activity App

Indiana University recently released a mobile app designed to collect data on sexual activity. Hours later, the university pulled the Kinsey Reporter App due to technological concerns. Indiana says it is reviewing the app... | Read more >

 
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