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Government and Justice Studies Archive

Koch receives AAUP chapter’s Academic Freedom Award

BOONE—Dr. Andy Koch, professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, has received the 2014 Award for Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance from the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Education can help counter hate music’s appeal, professor says

BOONE—Music has helped propel social causes ever since the civil rights, peace and feminist movements, but when it comes to the white power movement, music is used to promote hatred and violence.

Professor’s book details history of cybercrime and provides case studies

BOONE—Cybercrime, criminal activity conducted over a computer network or the Internet, has grown in frequency and sophistication since the 1950s when a group of college students began breaching computers to steal information. While their original intent seemingly was benign, a range of theft using computer technology soon followed.

Appalachian’s moot court team participates in regional ACMCA competition

BOONE—Six students from the Department of Government and Justice Studies’ pre-professional legal studies concentration at Appalachian State University participated in the regional American Collegiate Moot Court Association competition held Nov. 8-9 at Liberty University.

Robinson receives academic fellowship in terrorism studies

BOONE—The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., has named Appalachian State University professor Matthew Robinson an academic fellow for 2013-14. Robinson will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies.

Faculty emerita/emeritus status granted by the Board of Trustees

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees granted emerita or emeritus status during its March 22 meeting to 14 members of the faculty.

Death penalty series at Appalachian begins Feb. 25

BOONE—A series of programs addressing issues related to the death penalty is being held at Appalachian State University. All presentations begin at 6 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The public is invited.

School shootings garner headlines, but bullying, hate crimes and drug use more common

BOONE—Statistically, school-age children run a greater risk of being injured or killed by someone they know than from a violent incident at school, but it’s school shootings that draw the most media attention.

Civil asset forfeiture and federal equitable sharing

Professors study practice that requires no criminal conviction

BOONE—Innocent until proven guilty carries a lot of weight if you are accused of a crime. But it can be a different story when state agencies seize the property or assets of those suspected of criminal activity. A procedure known as civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies in many states to seize property or assets of a criminal suspect and proceed to have them forfeited to the government even if the individual is never convicted of the original charge.