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Monday, October 1, 2007

University Will Not Expel Student Who Revealed Security Breach, But Will Not Renew Faculty Advisor's Contract

Western Oregon University has decided to allow a student journalist who revealed the existence of a serious data breach to remain enrolled, but has told the faculty advisor to the campus newspaper that it will not renew her contract, though it has not explained the basis for that decision. These decisions are the upshot of several months of investigations and a campus hearing. Blair Loving, who worked on the campus newspaper, discovered that he could get access to private information through university computers, and he brought this fact to the attention of the newspaper faculty advisor Susan Wickstrom. Read more here in a Chronicle of Higher Education blogpost. Here's more providing some background from The Oregonian (registration required, free).

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