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December 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Untouchable Cyberbullies

Bill in Congress Would Require Anti-Bullying Measures on Campuses

In Aftermath of 3 Suicides, College of William and Mary Seeks a Solution

The Dark Side of the Ivory Tower: Book on Perceptions of Campus Crime

Researchers' App Will Let Students Call In an Emergency Via Videophone

Scrutiny of Notre Dame Over Suicide

College Officials Work to Combat Student Suicide at Montclair State University National Conference

Notre Dame President Says University is 'Responsible' for Student's Death

War Veteran Barred from Community College of Baltimore County Campus for Frank Words on Killing

Western Illinois U. Investigates Second Bomb Threat in 11 Days

British Students' Protest of Tuition Rise Turns Violent

Can Hazing Be Stopped?

Obama Orders Review of Human Subjects Protections

Violent Threat Against Wayne State Thwarted by Cops

Washington Joins 3 Other States in Banning Four Loko

Dartmouth College Proposes New Alcohol Policies

Is Alcoholic Whipped Cream the Next Four Loko?

Purdue Plans to Expel Fraternity Over Alcohol

Reactor Leak at Kansas State U. Prompts Citation from Nuclear Commission

Christopher Newport University Increasing Lockdowns, Evacuations

Police: Lynn U. Student Threatens Columbine-Style Attack

Worries Grow Over Hazardous-Disease Lab in Kansas

Emergency Crews Respond to Chemical Explosion at CU-Boulder's Engineering Center

Ohio State Reopens 2 Labs After Bomb Threat

Family Says Ohio U. Didn't Warn Students About Meningitis

Animal-Rights Extremists Target UCLA Researcher Again

Tech Expert Charged in $4 Million Theft from Columbia U.

Former Student Sues U. of Hawaii Over Data Breaches

Cheating and the Generational Divide

University of Tennessee Medical Center Warns 8K Patients About Possible Data Breach

Nebraska Posts Students' Loan Information Online

Campus Security

Untouchable Cyberbullies

The suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi has prompted the Cornell University Student Assembly to pass a resolution calling for a boycott of CollegeACB, a gossip website where students post anonymous comments... | Read more >

Bill in Congress Would Require Anti-Bullying Measures on Campuses

A bill to require colleges and universities to recognize cyberbullying as a form of harassment and protect students from it was introduced in Congress by Rep. Rush Holt and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, both New Jersey Democrats, on... | Read more >

In Aftermath of 3 Suicides, College of William and Mary Seeks a Solution

Three suicides in the past calendar year at the College of William and Mary have left the school wondering what could have prompted the deaths and how others might be prevented. In February, senior psychology major Dominique... | Read more >

The Dark Side of the Ivory Tower: Book on Perceptions of Campus Crime

A new book on college campus crime examines why campus crime has been perceived differently at different points in American history, and how various groups have defined dangers facing college students. "The Dark Side of... | Read more >

Researchers' App Will Let Students Call In an Emergency Via Videophone

Researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park are developing an application for cellphones that will allow students to stream sights and sounds from a crime scene to help police improve their response. The app,... | Read more >

Scrutiny of Notre Dame Over Suicide

A freshman at St. Mary's College of Indiana killed herself a week after she reported that she had been sexually attacked by a football player at the University of Notre Dame. Campus officials did not report her allegations to... | Read more >

College Officials Work to Combat Student Suicide at Montclair State University National Conference

As part of November's Active Minds national conference on college student mental health and suicide prevention, Montclair State University, New Jersey, hosted an exhibit to quantify the 1,100 college students who commit... | Read more >

Notre Dame President Says University is 'Responsible' for Student's Death

The president of the University of Notre Dame said on November 5 that the university and its officials were responsible for an October 27 accident that killed a student filming a football practice from a lift that fell during... | Read more >

War Veteran Barred from Community College of Baltimore County Campus for Frank Words on Killing

A 24-year-old student and Iraq war veteran at the Community College of Baltimore County has been barred from campus for submitting an essay on the allure of combat for an English class. In his paper, Charles Whittington called... | Read more >

Western Illinois U. Investigates Second Bomb Threat in 11 Days

A bomb threat at Western Illinois University forced the school to evacuate a dormitory on November 4. A bomb squad found no explosive devices in the building. The university is offering a reward for information about the... | Read more >

British Students' Protest of Tuition Rise Turns Violent

Student protests in London turned violent November 10 when protesters broke into Conservative Party headquarters, triggering police action. The incident took place as some 50,000 students and faculty members marched in protest... | Read more >

Can Hazing Be Stopped?

Recent hazing incidents at the Universities of Arkansas and Utah and Yale University have highlighted the continuing prevalence of hazing among college students. A new national effort based at the University of Maine is... | Read more >

Obama Orders Review of Human Subjects Protections

On November 24, President Obama ordered a review of the rules regarding the protections of human subjects in research, for studies conducted in the U.S. and abroad. He asked for a report to be completed within nine months by... | Read more >

Violent Threat Against Wayne State Thwarted by Cops

A student at Wayne State University who posted an online threat to the university has been banned from campus. WSU Public Safety received a tip on November 29 about the threat, which was supposed to occur December 1. The... | Read more >

Washington Joins 3 Other States in Banning Four Loko

On November 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned four companies that produce Four Loko and similar alcoholic energy drinks that they are violating federal law because, when added to malt beverages, caffeine is an... | Read more >

Dartmouth College Proposes New Alcohol Policies

A series of proposed initiatives at Dartmouth College to combat high-risk drinking and sexual assault were announced November 30. The initiatives include the creation of a new peer-driven shuttle program and the hiring of an... | Read more >

Is Alcoholic Whipped Cream the Next Four Loko?

A new product being used among students at the University of Central Florida is touting itself as the "world's first alcohol-infused whipped cream." As with Four Loko, the concern with Whipped Lightning is that... | Read more >

Purdue Plans to Expel Fraternity Over Alcohol

Purdue University plans to expel the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity after uncovering multiple instances of hazing, thefts, and alcohol violations while it was on probation for earlier alcohol violations. The fraternity was put on... | Read more >

Reactor Leak at Kansas State U. Prompts Citation from Nuclear Commission

Kansas State University has been cited for a violation of safety procedures at its nuclear research reactor. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated that the facility lacked proper programs to prevent an incident of radiation... | Read more >

Christopher Newport University Increasing Lockdowns, Evacuations

Christopher Newport University, Virginia, is conducting drills as part of an effort to ramp up testing of its emergency notification system. The drills are being paired with text messages, sirens, and announcements from... | Read more >

Police: Lynn U. Student Threatens Columbine-Style Attack

A student at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, has been accused of threatening on Facebook to stage a Columbine-style attack and making threats to his ex-girlfriend. When questioned, police said Daniel Shana, 20, told the... | Read more >

Worries Grow Over Hazardous-Disease Lab in Kansas

Concerns are being raised over plans to build a federal research center in Kansas to investigate hazardous animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans. A new report issued November 15 lists doubts about the proposed... | Read more >

Emergency Crews Respond to Chemical Explosion at CU-Boulder's Engineering Center

A chemical explosion in a beaker at the University of Colorado's Engineering Center injured a student conducting the experiment and caused the evacuation of one wing of the building on November 30. The 28-year-old doctoral... | Read more >

Ohio State Reopens 2 Labs After Bomb Threat

A bomb threat at Ohio State University on November 16 prompted the school to close four buildings, including the main library and three labs, and three streets. No bombs were found, and the buildings have been reopened. The... | Read more >

Family Says Ohio U. Didn't Warn Students About Meningitis

The father of an Ohio University freshman who died after contracting bacterial meningitis is upset with the school for allegedly failing to warn the university community that there is no vaccine for the "B-strain" of... | Read more >

Animal-Rights Extremists Target UCLA Researcher Again

Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for a package containing razor blades and a threatening note that was sent to the home of a University of California at Los Angeles neuroscientist who has been targeted... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Tech Expert Charged in $4 Million Theft from Columbia U.

A computer expert stole more than $4 million from Columbia University's bill-paying system. George Castro altered Columbia's accounts in October to channel money illicitly into his information technology business account. His... | Read more >

Former Student Sues U. of Hawaii Over Data Breaches

A former student at the University of Hawaii-Manoa filed a class action lawsuit on November 18 against UH after a series of privacy breaches. The Social Security number and other personal information of Philippe Gross, as well... | Read more >

Cheating and the Generational Divide

Hundreds of students in a University of Central Florida senior-level business class received an advance version of a mid-term exam. Robert Quinn, the instructor of the course, told the class that all 600 of them would have to... | Read more >

University of Tennessee Medical Center Warns 8K Patients About Possible Data Breach

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is notifying approximately 8,000 patients that their hospital records containing private information were disposed of without being shredded in October. UT Medical Center Officials... | Read more >

Nebraska Posts Students' Loan Information Online

The Nebraska state treasurer's office has removed thousands of University of Nebraska students' confidential financial aid information from a Web site used to track state government finances after the university asked the... | Read more >

 
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