Purdue shooting prompts new security features

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Students and faculty returning to Purdue University this fall will notice a number of enhancements to public safety on campus.

The changes were made over the summer. They’re based on recommendations made by the security feedback panel that was commissioned last semester to evaluate feedback received by the university after Jan. 21.

According to a release from the university, the following steps have been taken:

  • Emergency beacons, door locks and desktop pop-up alert windows are being installed across campus. Emergency alert beacons are being installed in 27 large classrooms. These beacons will be activated when a Purdue ALERT is issued. Students and faculty will see the beacon light up, and an alarm will sound. An emergency text message will also appear on the beacon’s screen.
  • Door locks are being installed in these same classrooms. These locks will be compliant with ADA requirements and fire codes.
  • Desktop pop-up alerts have been installed on a majority of classroom computers and on machines in a majority of university computer labs. A window will pop up on a machine with a message when a Purdue ALERT is issued. The plan is to phase in more university computers in the coming months if the pilot program is successful.
  • The Purdue Emergency Twitter account (@purdueemergency) has been integrated with the Purdue ALERT text message system. Text messages sent to university students, faculty and staff will be simultaneously posted on Twitter. Enhancements have also been made to the Campus Safety Status webpage. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bookmark this page.
  • All-hazards awareness training sessions will continue to be available to those interested through the Emergency Preparedness Office. To date, more than 2,000 faculty, students and staff have participated in these sessions since last spring.

For more information on the safety enhancements click here. 

Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to sign up for emergency text alerts from Purdue. 

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