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Police Practice For Nightmare: Shooter On Cal State-Northridge Campus

It was coincidence that the "active shooter" drill at CSUN came just six days after 26 people, including 20 children, were shot dead at a Connecticut elementary school.

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College Leaders Call for Stricter Gun Laws

In the wake of last week’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., more than 160 college and university presidents are calling for stricter gun laws.

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College Leaders Call for Stricter Gun Laws

More than 160 presidents sign open letter to U.S. policy makers

In the wake of last week’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., more than 160 college and university presidents are calling for stricter gun laws.

The college presidents signed an open letter to U.S. policy makers that was drafted by the leaders of two Georgia schools, Lawrence M. Schall, president of Oglethorpe University, and Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College.

The letter calls for:

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Legal Group's Director Questions Oklahoma State University's Handling Of Alleged Sexual Assaults

Oklahoma State University officials' claim that federal student privacy laws prevented them from notifying police about a series of possible sexual assaults is unfounded, the director of a nonprofit legal assistance group said.

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OSU President Calls For Investigation Into How Sex Assault Complaints Were Handled

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis is calling for an investigation into how sex assault complaints were handled after a 22-year-old student was charged with sexual battery.

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University Of Montevallo Suspends Student In Connection With Cat Deaths

A University of Montevallo student is under suspension after an investigation led authorities to believe the individual is responsible for causing the disturbing deaths of three cats found on campus in October.

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Security: Show and Tell?

Certain security measures should be visible, but for others, it’s better when they’re less obvious or even hidden. Here’s some perspective on which the campus community should spot—and which they’d better not.

In an era when higher education leaders are more mindful than ever of potential threats to the safety of those living, learning, and working on campus, security planning has reached new levels of complexity. Few would argue that at least some security measures should be highly visible to the campus community. Just as in society at large (think of the police cruiser parked in the median of a busy highway), the right level of visibility can prevent campus crime or violence.

Can Schools Proactively Monitor Social Media for Threats?

The search-based filtering techniques used by social media monitoring tools rely on spotting a specific set of keywords, including the name of the school. Since people can make valid threats using words outside that list, monitoring tools could never identify threats comprehensively.

Posting A Threat

Recognizing and responding to threats of violence made via social media

In the wake of the Colorado movie theater shooting and noting the social media clues that appeared beforehand, college and university leaders are taking threats of violence posted to social media very seriously.

Case in point: Kent State University (Ohio) charged 19-year-old student William Koberna with a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing for tweeting, “I’m shooting up your school ASAP” and threats to the college president. Koberna’s tweets came five days after the Colorado massacre.

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Investigation Continuing Into Dead Cats Found At University Of Montevallo

An investigation is continuing into the separate discoveries of three cats on the University of Montevallo campus killed under unusual circumstances that are causing a stir in the Shelby County community.

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