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December 2017

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Two Casper College Faculty Members Killed

Most-Dangerous-Colleges-in-America Lists Are Called Misleading

FERPA Often Used Incorrectly to Conceal Information

Storm Damage at NYU Library Offers Lessons for Disaster Planning in the Stacks

Campus Threat-Assessment Teams Get New Guidance From Mental-Health Groups

Unique Dynamics in Handling Same-Sex Assaults on Campus

NY University Suspends Study Abroad in Israel

A Week After Hurricane Sandy, Students Step Up Their Relief Work

U.S. Presidential Election Sparks Campus Protests With Hate Speech, and Counter-Protests

U.S. Campuses Are Involving Faculty in Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault and Other Issues

Gun Dorms Aren't Attracting Students in Colorado

After Drinking Death, Chico State Suspends Greek Activities

Prosecutors Drop Case Against Ex-Syracuse U. Coach

Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Office of Education, Reports More Cases

Fraternity to Pay $3-Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Death at Penn

Firing of U of Evansville Tenured Professor for Sexual Harassment Upheld By Indiana Supreme Court

Social Worker Is Sanctioned in Minnesota Case Involving a Research Subject's Suicide

Northern Iowa National Guardsman's Call for Grading Policy Unintentionally Brings on Trouble for Professor and President

Parents of Student Killed by Campus Police Will Sue U. of South Alabama

Iowa Athletics Official Accused of Trading Tickets for Sex; Supervisor Reassigned

String of Thefts at Hofstra Linked to Basketball Players

NY University Faces Growing Criticism After Sandy Kills Lab Mice

As Libraries Go Digital, Sharing of Data Is at Odds With Tradition of Privacy

Vast Data Collection, Privacy Laws and Digital Innovation Test Intelligence Law Experts

Beware of Email Bearing Gifts

Austrian Students Seek to Challenge Facebook's Privacy Policies in Court

Western CT State University Had Personal Info on 235,000 People Unsecured for Years

Campus Security

Two Casper College Faculty Members Killed

The son of a faculty member at Casper College, Wyoming, shot and killed his father, Jim Krumm, and another instructor, Heidi Arnold, on November 30. Chris Krumm used a bow and arrow to kill his father in a classroom at the... | Read more >

Most-Dangerous-Colleges-in-America Lists Are Called Misleading

A list of the 25 "most dangerous colleges in America" is causing controversy over whether the data on which it was based reflect actual danger levels and whether crime statistics alone are an indication of campus... | Read more >

FERPA Often Used Incorrectly to Conceal Information

 The Student Press Law Center and other open-government advocates are arguing that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is enabling colleges to conceal information they wish to keep secret. The 1974... | Read more >

Storm Damage at NYU Library Offers Lessons for Disaster Planning in the Stacks

New York University’s Langone Medical Center and its Ehrman Medical Library suffered major damage from Hurricane Sandy in late October. The floodwaters wiped out most of the library's on-site print collections, as... | Read more >

Campus Threat-Assessment Teams Get New Guidance From Mental-Health Groups

The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (Hemha) has released a comprehensive guide to creating and managing campus threat assessment teams. The guide, "Balancing Safety and Support on Campus," is a... | Read more >

Unique Dynamics in Handling Same-Sex Assaults on Campus

Recent cases of same-sex assaults at Southern Methodist University and Amherst College highlight the unique dynamics and stigmas of such attacks, which make them difficult to address. The student at Amherst killed himself... | Read more >

NY University Suspends Study Abroad in Israel

New York University suspended its study abroad program in Tel Aviv due to concerns about students getting home at the end of the semester. Students in Tel Aviv were evacuated to London on November 18. They can complete the... | Read more >

A Week After Hurricane Sandy, Students Step Up Their Relief Work

After Hurricane Sandy hit in late October, students in the New York metropolitan area volunteered, organized donation drives, and delivered food and supplies to local residents. Pace University did not suffer much damage in... | Read more >

U.S. Presidential Election Sparks Campus Protests With Hate Speech, and Counter-Protests

The re-election of President Barack Obama sparked protests on the campuses of the University of Mississippi and Hampden-Sydney College, an all-male school in Richmond, Virginia. At Mississippi, about 400 students shouted... | Read more >

U.S. Campuses Are Involving Faculty in Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault and Other Issues

Some college campuses are involving faculty in campus prevention efforts that have traditionally included only student affairs or college health centers. Experts say that involving faculty makes them more aware of student... | Read more >

Gun Dorms Aren't Attracting Students in Colorado

Residence halls at the University of Colorado for students who are registered gun-owners and want to keep their weapons in their rooms are not attracting residents. The university ended a ban on guns on campus and announced... | Read more >

After Drinking Death, Chico State Suspends Greek Activities

A student at Chico State University died on November 4 due to an alcohol overdose while celebrating his 21st birthday. Mason Sumnicht was pledging Sigma Pi this semester. Chico State president Paul Zingg suspended all... | Read more >

Prosecutors Drop Case Against Ex-Syracuse U. Coach

Due to insufficient evidence, federal prosecutors are dropping their investigation of Bernie Fine, the former assistant men's basketball coach of 35 years at Syracuse University who was accused a year ago by four men of... | Read more >

Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Office of Education, Reports More Cases

The number of cases being monitored by the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights is increasing, according to a new report. The department says that from 2009-12, OCR received 24 percent more complaints... | Read more >

Fraternity to Pay $3-Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Death at Penn

A fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania must pay $3 million to the parents of an intoxicated student who died on January 1, 2011 after falling over a railing. Matthew Crozier, 20, landed on his head at the Phi Kappa... | Read more >

Firing of U of Evansville Tenured Professor for Sexual Harassment Upheld By Indiana Supreme Court

The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the University of Evansville's decision to fire a tenured professor accused in 2004 of violating its sexual harassment policy. John Haegert, a professor at the university since 1979,... | Read more >

Social Worker Is Sanctioned in Minnesota Case Involving a Research Subject's Suicide

A social worker formerly employed by the University of Minnesota must take "corrective action" due to errors she made while involved in a study on antipsychotic drugs. The case involves a patient who killed... | Read more >

Northern Iowa National Guardsman's Call for Grading Policy Unintentionally Brings on Trouble for Professor and President

A grading dispute at the University of Northern Iowa involving two students in the National Guard has stirred public controversy, leaving a professor harassed and threatened and the institution's president accused of... | Read more >

Parents of Student Killed by Campus Police Will Sue U. of South Alabama

The parents of a freshman at the University of South Alabama who was shot and killed by a campus police officer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the institution, the officer, and the police chief. Gil Collar, 18,... | Read more >

Iowa Athletics Official Accused of Trading Tickets for Sex; Supervisor Reassigned

A senior academics adviser for the University of Iowa Athletics Department resigned in November after an investigation turned up evidence that he provided football tickets and money for sexual favors and inappropriately... | Read more >

String of Thefts at Hofstra Linked to Basketball Players

Four basketball players at Hofstra University were arrested in November after an investigation into a string of thefts from campus dormitories over nearly two months. They are accused of stealing a Sony laptop, headphones,... | Read more >

NY University Faces Growing Criticism After Sandy Kills Lab Mice

New York University is being criticized for not doing enough to protect research animals during superstorm Sandy. Almost 8,000 animals, mostly mice housed in the basement of a medical center building on the East River, died... | Read more >

Cyber Security

As Libraries Go Digital, Sharing of Data Is at Odds With Tradition of Privacy

As college libraries expand digital services, they are being forced to balance the benefits of those services with protecting patron privacy. Harvard University librarians recently suspended Twitter feeds broadcasting... | Read more >

Vast Data Collection, Privacy Laws and Digital Innovation Test Intelligence Law Experts

Intelligence law experts say that the greatest challenge they face in protecting privacy rights is whether privacy laws can adapt to rapidly changing technology and the vast amount of information being captured by the... | Read more >

Beware of Email Bearing Gifts

Consumers shopping online for the best deals this holiday season should be aware of scams that could install dangerous software on their home computers. They are reminded that sometimes scam artists send consumers emails... | Read more >

Austrian Students Seek to Challenge Facebook's Privacy Policies in Court

A group of students in Austria plans to challenge Facebook's privacy policies in Irish court. Max Schrems, a law student at the University of Vienna who organized the effort, says Facebook is violating European privacy... | Read more >

Western CT State University Had Personal Info on 235,000 People Unsecured for Years

The records of 235,000 people, it has been found, were unsecured on the computers at Western Connecticut State University for over three years. The affected people include students, their families, and others who were... | Read more >

 
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