LAFAYETTE, Ind (WISH) – Purdue University will present new security recommendations Wednesday morning – months after a student was fatally shot and stabbed on campus.
An 18-member panel made up of university officials, employees and students is expected to turn over its report after reviewing comments about what happened that January day when Andrew Boldt, 21, was shot and stabbed inside a classroom.
The 25-page report includes recommending the automatic enrollment of every student and employee in the campus text alert system. Currently, students must voluntarily sign up. The university said the text alert system was key in keeping everyone informed in the moments after the incident. The report also said doors could be updated to allow people to lock themselves into classrooms and labs from the inside.
“A number of people who sent emails, called, wrote letters, or spoke in person felt very strongly that the ability to lock themselves inside a classroom or lab would make them safer. Some expressed anger that this was not possible during the January event,” the report said.
According to the report, there are about 41,000 doors on the West Lafayette campus and many would “need to be converted to have lockable hardware.” It said that would cost about $500 per door. Adding “panic” hardware to doors in lecture halls and large occupancy classrooms could cost between $1,200 and $1,500 per exit door.
“Of the emails received, 177 of them expressed thanks and support. There were almost five times as many emails with this message as those regarding (other concerns),” the report stated.
The report also mentioned action already taken by the university.
“In certain cases during the event, professors did not apparently understand or respect the information about the shooting and did not stop teaching or take other appropriate action. The administration took effective measures after the event to emphasize to faculty the importance of following safety instructions in the event of an emergency,” the report stated.
The suspect in the case, Cody Cousins, is being held without bond in the Tippecanoe County Jail. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 6.