West Virginia higher education officials are considering a campus safety rule that establishes policies and procedures addressing four-year institutions’ planning and response to natural disasters, shootings or other emergencies.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is expected to vote on the rule during a special meeting Friday. If approved, the rule would be submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office for a 30-day public comment period.
“Recent weather related emergencies have demonstrated the need for improved communication and coordination between the Commission and individual institutions. In addition, violent acts on college campuses across the nation have underscored the necessity for campuses, no matter their size, to prepare for a range of unthinkable circumstances,” commission staff member Neal Holly wrote in a document accompanying the agenda for Friday’s meeting.