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Purdue assesses security suggestions

– A Purdue University committee that reviewed security issues following January’s deadly campus shooting suggested Wednesday that all students be automatically registered for emergency text alerts and that locks should be installed on more classroom doors.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels said the school would take action based on the recommendations presented during a campus forum.

The committee of university administrators, professors and students reviewed feedback about the school’s handling of the Jan. 21 classroom attack, during which police say 23-year-old student Cody Cousins shot and stabbed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.

The committee suggested that all students and employees be allowed to opt out of receiving emergency text alerts rather than being asked to opt in for the messages.

Committee chairwoman Patricia Hart, a Spanish professor, said outside experts should review the suggestions and help determine which ones will be implemented on the 40,000-student campus.

“This was a case where one person targeted another and committed a vicious murder,” she said. “Not one of the suggestions that we received about sirens, text messages or door locks would have changed that.”

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