The Register: GCHQ agency ‘strongly urges’ Brit universities, colleges to protect themselves after spike in ransomware infections

The Register: GCHQ agency ‘strongly urges’ Brit universities, colleges to protect themselves after spike in ransomware infections. “GCHQ offshoot the National Cyber Security Centre has warned Further and Higher Education institutions in the UK to be on their guard against ransomware attacks as the new academic year (sort of) gets under way.”

People: Sociologist Says College Hookup Culture Is ‘Incompatible’ with Preventing Coronavirus

People: Sociologist Says College Hookup Culture Is ‘Incompatible’ with Preventing Coronavirus. “Several universities, including the University of Georgia and University of Maryland, have put forth guidelines to curb the spread of the virus. The University of Georgia guidelines say ‘You are your safest sex partner. Practice solo sex, or limit the number of sexual partners you have.’ They also recommend hand washing, wearing masks and communicating with your partner about the risk of COVID-19, as well as consent, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.”

New York Times: Party Selfies and Hazmat Suits: How N.Y.’s Worst Campus Outbreak Unfolded

New York Times: Party Selfies and Hazmat Suits: How N.Y.’s Worst Campus Outbreak Unfolded. “It was the middle of the night when a man in a hazmat suit led a first-year student from her dormitory at SUNY Oneonta to a van as she cried quietly, a scary experience later shared on social media. She had tested positive for the coronavirus…. Those incidents seemed to highlight how SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York had seriously mishandled the pandemic, resulting in the worst outbreak of any college in New York State, with more than 670 cases, totaling about 10 percent of the campus student population.”

University of Louisville News: UofL is one of 30 universities piloting new Facebook Campus platform

University of Louisville News: UofL is one of 30 universities piloting new Facebook Campus platform. “The purpose of the platform is to offer a space where students can interact with peers at their school, including through features like a Campus-only News Feed, Groups, events and group chat rooms. Users, who need a personal Facebook account to participate in the Campus channel, will also have access to a directory where they can find and friend other UofL students.”

Daily Beast: White House Said to Keep Sick Kids on Campus. Emails Reveal the Messy Reality.

Daily Beast: White House Said to Keep Sick Kids on Campus. Emails Reveal the Messy Reality.. “Last Monday, top officials on the White House coronavirus task force issued an urgent warning to governors across the country: Stop sending your COVID-infected college students home to their parents or risk another nationwide surge, just like the one that overwhelmed the South this summer. So far, the task force’s request for governors to talk to their college presidents appears to have made little difference. By the end of the week, some colleges in the country’s biggest coronavirus hot spots not only were still allowing students to go home after they’d been exposed or infected—they were ordering them to.”

Police: Several Miami U students cited for throwing party after testing positive for COVID (Local12)

Local12: Police: Several Miami U students cited for throwing party after testing positive for COVID. “At Miami University, more than 1,000 students have the coronavirus. Despite the surge in cases, the Oxford Police Department had a busy weekend busting house parties. Several students who knew they were positive for the virus decided to throw one anyway.”

Inside Higher Ed: New Database Tracks Reversals in Colleges’ Fall Reopening Plans

Inside Higher Ed: New Database Tracks Reversals in Colleges’ Fall Reopening Plans. “Inside Higher Ed today releases a map and database tracking changes in colleges’ plans for reopening this fall. Scores of colleges and universities have in recent weeks reversed plans they announced in the spring or early summer, and this new feature allows readers to see how the changes have unfolded over time and by region, and to search for individual institutions.”

Enterprise-Record: Chico State goes online, students must vacate dorms

Enterprise-Record: Chico State goes online, students must vacate dorms. “The fall semester at Chico State began unlike any other. Yet, the newfound normal lasted one week before the university, as it did in the spring, abruptly implemented changes. Over the summer, the California State University chancellor’s office authorized the school to offer 10 percent of its courses in-person. It also authorized students to move into residence halls at half capacity. Only 766 signed up to do so, a striking contrast to the 2,200 students who would ordinarily be living on campus. Notwithstanding those precautionary measures, the coronavirus made its way to the campus community.”

AP: College towns growing alarmed over outbreaks among students

AP: College towns growing alarmed over outbreaks among students. “As more and more schools and businesses around the country get the OK to reopen, some college towns are moving in the opposite direction because of too much partying and too many COVID-19 infections among students.” I worry about this too. The city where I live in North Carolina has SIX colleges and universities.

The 961: Lebanese University Students Are Now Banned From Complaining On Social Media

The 961: Lebanese University Students Are Now Banned From Complaining On Social Media. “It is safe to say that the 2019-2020 academic year has been a very stressful road for Lebanon’s students, especially for the students of the state-run Lebanese University. All year long, they have shared their frustrations and concerns over unreasonable regulations on social media. Now, the university just released a statement warning against online complaining when it comes to its decisions. Students who wish to register for the academic year of 2020-2021 are asked to pledge to abide by that new rule that oppresses their freedom of expression.”

Madison .com: UW launches public COVID test database, hires 35 contact tracers

Madison .com: UW launches public COVID test database, hires 35 contact tracers. “The University of Wisconsin-Madison is now publicly tracking COVID-19 test results daily on a new website, as it begins welcoming students back to campus and prepares for in-person instruction. The COVID-19 dashboard, launched Wednesday, includes data on both total and positive tests, as well as percentages of positive tests among both students and employees. It will be updated daily at 2 p.m.”

Washington Post: Freshmen waited for their schools to share reopening plans. Then things got complicated.

Washington Post: Freshmen waited for their schools to share reopening plans. Then things got complicated.. “After spending the past several months steeped in uncertainty and waiting to learn how their universities would reopen in the fall, students had hoped the last few weeks of the summer would usher some stability. Instead, college students at all levels are facing potentially life-altering decisions — weighing their desire for a normal college experience against their health and safety, against the financial burden of going to school during an economic crisis.”

WNCT: ECU students make #ShutDownECU Twitter account, #KeepECUOpen forms in response

WNCT: ECU students make #ShutDownECU Twitter account, #KeepECUOpen forms in response. “A Twitter account continues gaining popularity, urging [East Carolina University] to switch to remote learning. #ShutDownECU is made up of about 10 students, with a list of demands for the university. They all want to remain anonymous.”

Daily Tar Heel: Records from before reopening show experts warned UNC of COVID-19 outbreaks

Daily Tar Heel: Records from before reopening show experts warned UNC of COVID-19 outbreaks. “Students, faculty and staff are saying they expected UNC to close due to COVID-19 spikes before the announcement Monday that undergraduate courses would shift to remote learning — and documents obtained by The Daily Tar Heel show that the administration received warning months ago from top medical professionals at the University. Experts sent messages about the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak in the event that the University reopened dorms and on-campus experiences.”