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November 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Bullying and the Law

'Last Day on Earth' Recounts 2008 Shootings at Northern Illinois U.

Defining 'Direct Threat' by Student With Mental Health Disability

Campaign for Right to Carry Concealed Guns on Campuses Gains Traction

Ivy Tech Faculty Member Falls to His Death in Front of Students

Death on Notre Dame Lift Spurs Schools to Action

No More 'Asylum' for Academics in Greece

Snowstorm Knocks Out Power to Colleges in Northeast

An Epidemic of Injuries Plagues College Athletes

Federal Case Over Banning a Student's Therapy Dog Illustrates Thicket of Disability Rules

New Details on Idaho Professor Who Killed Student

Student Residences Destroyed by Quake in Turkey

NYPD Infiltration of Colleges Raises Privacy Fears

Professor's Violent Death Stuns a College That Stresses Making Peace

Former U. of Phoenix Official Faces Murder Charges

Brown U. Is Ordered to Hand Over Donor Records to Lawyers for Former Student Accused of Rape

U. of Memphis Found Liable for Student's Injury

Year in Life of Student Who Reported Sex Assault

Catholic U. Phases in Single-Sex Residence Halls to Curb Drinking and Casual Sex

Former Southern Illinois U. Student Is Convicted on Terrorist-Threat Charge

New Website Offers 'Safe Alternative' to Gambling for College Students

Websites Leak More Info Than Consumers Aware: Study

Smartphones Present Growing Security Problems on Campus, Report Says

4 More People Charged With Visa Fraud in Connection to Alleged Sham University

Federal Gov. Website 'Glitch' Compromised College Students' Social Security Numbers

Law Student Says Facebook Violates Europe's Privacy Laws

Former EMU Student-Employee Charged in Identity Theft

Internet Privacy Tools Said Failing

El Paso Community College Server Hacked; Students Notified of Breach

Campus Security

Bullying and the Law

Prompted by the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights is considered the nation's toughest anti-bullying statute. The federal Tyler Clementi Higher Education... | Read more >

'Last Day on Earth' Recounts 2008 Shootings at Northern Illinois U.

A new book recounts the February 14, 2008 shootings at Northern Illinois University when Steve Kazmierczak murdered 5 students, wounded 18, and killed himself. In "Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School... | Read more >

Defining 'Direct Threat' by Student With Mental Health Disability

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights found Spring Arbor University to have violated the civil rights of a student with a mental health disability. The university said the student had to meet... | Read more >

Campaign for Right to Carry Concealed Guns on Campuses Gains Traction

In more than a dozen states, legislation has been introduced to allow the carrying of concealed firearms on public college campuses or to soften gun bans. Recently, Mississippi and Wisconsin passed such bills. However, many... | Read more >

Ivy Tech Faculty Member Falls to His Death in Front of Students

Craig M. Porter, an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana, died November 2 after falling from a training tower in front of students he was teaching. Porter, chairman of the college's energy-technology... | Read more >

Death on Notre Dame Lift Spurs Schools to Action

Since a University of Notre Dame student was killed a year ago while filming football practice on an aerial lift, colleges across the country have tightened their use of lifts or eliminated them entirely. Dozens of colleges... | Read more >

No More 'Asylum' for Academics in Greece

Higher education reforms in Greece are repealing freedom of speech laws introduced in 1982 that banned police from entering universities.  The "academic asylum" rules were seen by some as leading campuses to... | Read more >

Snowstorm Knocks Out Power to Colleges in Northeast

Many colleges in Connecticut and western Massachusetts were closed the week of October 31 due to a snowstorm that left campuses without electricity or heat. Colleges affected include: the University of Hartford; Wesleyan,... | Read more >

An Epidemic of Injuries Plagues College Athletes

Many collegiate athletes suffer chronic injuries that plague them throughout their college careers. Athletic departments are reporting a rise in overuse injuries as athletes arrive on campus increasingly worn down from... | Read more >

Federal Case Over Banning a Student's Therapy Dog Illustrates Thicket of Disability Rules

The federal government has charged the University of Nebraska at Kearney with violations of the Fair Housing Act after the school denied a student permission to live in campus housing with her therapy dog. The student... | Read more >

New Details on Idaho Professor Who Killed Student

New details were revealed about a psychology professor at the University of Idaho who killed himself in August after shooting and killing a graduate student with whom he was involved in a relationship. The graduate student... | Read more >

Student Residences Destroyed by Quake in Turkey

An earthquake struck eastern Turkey on October 22, killing over 600 people and injuring 4,000 more. Student dormitories were among the buildings destroyed in several areas of the region. Three buildings on the campus of... | Read more >

NYPD Infiltration of Colleges Raises Privacy Fears

The New York City Council is demanding answers from New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly following widespread revelations about spying on Muslim student groups at Brooklyn College and other schools in the city.... | Read more >

Professor's Violent Death Stuns a College That Stresses Making Peace

A professor at Goshen College, Indiana, was killed and his wife was seriously injured by an attacker in their home on October 9. James S. Miller was a longtime biology professor who was popular and well-known at Goshen. The... | Read more >

Former U. of Phoenix Official Faces Murder Charges

A former director of enrollment at the University of Phoenix is facing murder charges for allegedly ordering his bodyguard to kill a drug dealer. Authorities say Michael Berkowitz believed a man sold him dirt, rather than... | Read more >

Brown U. Is Ordered to Hand Over Donor Records to Lawyers for Former Student Accused of Rape

Brown University must turn over fundraising and donation documents sought by lawyers in a case involving a former student who says he was accused of rape and forced to leave the university. A federal judge ordered Brown in... | Read more >

U. of Memphis Found Liable for Student's Injury

A jury on October 28 found the University of Memphis at fault for brain injuries to Austin T. Wells, who fell down an elevator shaft at an event in 2005. The jury found the university, which sponsored the event, 65 percent... | Read more >

Year in Life of Student Who Reported Sex Assault

A year ago, two female students at Marquette University accused five athletes of sexual assault in three incidents. Although the incidents have prompted increased scrutiny of the way the university handles allegations... | Read more >

Catholic U. Phases in Single-Sex Residence Halls to Curb Drinking and Casual Sex

Catholic University president John Garvey announced in June that the university would be phasing in single-sex residence halls in an effort to curb binge drinking and casual sex. Many students doubt that the intended... | Read more >

Former Southern Illinois U. Student Is Convicted on Terrorist-Threat Charge

A former student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has been found guilty of attempting to make a terrorist threat. Olutosin O. Oduwole was arrested in July 2007 after campus police officers found a note in his... | Read more >

New Website Offers 'Safe Alternative' to Gambling for College Students

A new website that offers a "safe alternative" to college students interested in poker is creating controversy because some say the site could lead the already susceptible group to more extreme addictive... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Websites Leak More Info Than Consumers Aware: Study

A new study found that consumers are not as anonymous as they think while surfing the Web. The study, conducted at Stanford University, determined that more than half of the 185 websites reviewed shared a consumer's... | Read more >

Smartphones Present Growing Security Problems on Campus, Report Says

A report released by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Georgia Tech Research Institute highlights the increasing number of attacks on smartphones and their mobile Web browsers. College students are... | Read more >

4 More People Charged With Visa Fraud in Connection to Alleged Sham University

Four people have been charged with visa fraud in the case against Tri-Valley University, an alleged fake university accused of admitting foreign students so they could stay in the United States while not actually taking... | Read more >

Federal Gov. Website 'Glitch' Compromised College Students' Social Security Numbers

A "computer glitch" in October allowed the private financial information of as many as 5,000 college students to be open for viewing on a federal government student loan website. Users who logged in to the site... | Read more >

Law Student Says Facebook Violates Europe's Privacy Laws

Max Schrems, a law student in Vienna, has started a website to bring public attention to privacy issues he has with Facebook. Schrems was shocked to learn that Facebook has 1,222 pages of data about him from the past three... | Read more >

Former EMU Student-Employee Charged in Identity Theft

A former student-employee at Eastern Michigan University was arraigned on October 25 and charged with eight felony counts in connection with stealing the records of 64 people from the university six months ago. Keonte... | Read more >

Internet Privacy Tools Said Failing

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say that Internet privacy tools are confusing and ineffective. Privacy options to opt out of tracking or to block access by certain websites are hard for the typical user to... | Read more >

El Paso Community College Server Hacked; Students Notified of Breach

A computer server containing student information at El Paso Community College was hacked in late October. The college secured the system and has turned information over to the FBI's cyber crime unit. Students have been... | Read more >

 
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