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As they reopen, universities stay vigilant

The school year is just starting, but a growing number of universities have already reversed their decisions to bring students back to campus. Others, meanwhile, are deliberating how many coronavirus cases it would take would close again. While university leaders have said they're carefully planning and monitoring their campus communities, gaps in their reopening plans and unexpected spikes in cases have already upended plans at some institutions. Syracuse University's reopening plan explains that while ten or fewer cases could be contained, in an outbreak of more than 100 cases, “there is no realistic strategy to contain or control the situation." Betsy Foresman has more.

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COVID-19 test data left unprotected

The University of Kentucky failed to secure a file that contained the names and dates of birth of students and faculty who tested negatively in COVID-19 screening tests. The university’s failure to properly secure this information was a “regrettable error,” said Jay Blanton, a university spokesperson. “It is fair to say several hundreds, the vast majority of whom were students,” Blanton told EdScoop, adding that the exact number of people affected is still being determined. Betsy has the details.

University of Utah coughs up $457K

Last week, yet another university announced that it's paid cyberattackers to delete stolen teacher and student data. Administrators at the University of Utah said they tapped into their ransomware insurance policy to pay their attackers $457,000. Despite minimal disruption caused by the attack, concern with the disclosure of sensitive data pushed the school to pay up. “This was done as a proactive and preventive step to ensure information was not released on the internet," a university announcement explains about the decision. Colin Wood reports.

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