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Purdue University officials speak to security improvements after fatal shooting

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Purdue University officials are beginning to look into possible safety and security improvements on campus following the fatal shooting last month.

“There was a committee formed by the provost to take feedback from the entire community,” said Jim Hintz, Interim Dean of Students.

A committee has been set up to review the policies and procedures in place as well as the specific response to the tragedy, and its aftermath.
The members have been identified, but it is unclear when the committee will first meet to discuss the feedback the university has been receiving on its website and from staff members.

“I think everyone in the community wants to know what is being done additionally,” said Saran Mishra, Editor-in-chief of the Purdue Exponent, who also said he feels safe on campus.

“We saw a need to get everyone informed on the processes that we’d recommend they take,” said Ron Wright, Purdue University Director of Emergency Preparedness.

Wright said they started offering three-day-a-week hazards awareness training sessions soon after the tragedy to anyone on campus who is interested in being better informed about the protocols and safety mechanisms already in place.
Already, he said 450 people have taken part in the sessions.

The multi-layered, emergency warning notification system will also get another look. “Social media is something we are looking at incorporating it more robustly in our system, but we have to be cautious with that too because we need to make sure the message that we’re putting out is, number one, absolutely correct and a centralized message. We want people to be able to rely on it so they react as safely as they can,” said Wright.

“I think we responded quite well given the circumstance, but there are certainly things we’re looking at to move forward and make changes,” said Hintz.

University officials are also re-sending the message that counseling services are still available as are other resources through the dean of student’s office.