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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– It was back to business for students at Purdue University following Tuesday’s deadly shooting on campus.

Many students say they appreciated classes being canceled to give them time to process the tragedy. One student wanted to help his fellow Boilermakers deal with the loss. He stood in front of the Electrical Engineering Building where the shooting happened and gave out free hugs.

“Have a sense of camaraderie and togetherness and just kind of something I think is missing here, so I’m just trying to raise everybody’s energy levels up and bring people maybe just a smile on their face or have a good day just to brighten their day a little bit,” said civil engineering student Andrew Wiese.

Many students FOX 59 spoke to said they were satisfied overall with how the university handled the shooting and that made them feel safe returning to class.

“I feel like it was a one-time thing,” said Purdue sophomore Scott Silliman. “It’s not going to happen again. I feel safe. They handled it well…had the memorial service. I think its behind me and just another day back in class.”

The electrical engineering building is reopened, except for the two classrooms where the shooting took place. Those rooms will be closed for the remainder of the academic school year.

Students who had class there will be moved to a new location beginning Monday.