University gathers feedback on shooting response

University officials are gathering feedback for the response to last week's shooting.
University officials are gathering feedback for the response to last week's shooting.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Concerns over what happened in the classrooms immediately after Tuesday’s fatal shooting at Purdue has the University asking for input. Purdue leaders are hoping to hear from the community, parents and students about where they could get better after an emergency.

Tuesday was a day the Purdue community will never forget. Although the shooting has left a mark on many, the university is working to move forward. After a moment of silence at Monday’s University Senate meeting, President Mitch Daniels addressed faculty members. He said most of the conversations about the shooting, involve what happened in some of the classrooms.

“That handful of professors who didn’t understand their responsibility or were not clear to what the best course was, probably felt worse about it than anybody and were very sensitized and always will be,” said Daniels.

Now, the university is working to gather and centralize input, concerns and suggestions.

“I think it’s very important to say that with hundreds of classes meeting at that moment that the vast majority, all but a few, handled it very, very well. But in those that didn’t, what was the confusion? What might have been done better?” said Daniels.

A panel will sift through that information collected in the Office of the Provost, the Dean of Students Office, and other colleges throughout campus. Provost Tim Sands said the university will work to make sure that the faculty knows how to respond when an alert is sent out. On the other hand, he and Daniels said the way most faculty members handled the students when classes resumed Thursday was positive.

“They took time out to have a conversation. Each faculty member had a different approach to it and they had some resources, but I’ve only heard very positive feedback, so far, from our students,” said Sands.

“As far as anyone can tell, there was really an excellent presentation, universally,” said Daniels.

Although the university is collecting information, Daniels said no decision has been made to change anything with the alert and response system.

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