- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Following the recent shooting deaths of nine students at a community college in Oregon, campus security plans adopted by many colleges and universities after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech have come under new scrutiny. Here’s a brief look at some of the measures adopted by schools in Delaware to protect students, faculty and staff in the event of an active shooter.


The University of Delaware has an alert system that incorporates phone, email and text messages. It also posts several emergency planning resources on its website, including a crisis management guide with tips on how to respond to a shooter on campus. The university has a separate web page, https://www.udel.edu/police/initiatives/shots-fired.html, offering advice to members of the campus community and the opportunity to view a video entitled “Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes.” The university, which has its own armed police force, held an active-shooter table top exercise in October 2013, according to its website. It also encourages members of the campus community to report potentially troubled people who may pose a risk to themselves or others to a Student Behavior Consultation Team.


Delaware State University says it has a security plan for active shooters that was developed by campus police and administrators and is periodically reviewed. A school spokesman said training and drills regarding the security plan are conducted for students, faculty and staff, but that details would not be provided in order to maintain the integrity of the security plan.


Delaware Tech, which has an emergency alert system that uses email, text and telephone, says its emergency response plans include an active shooter scenario, and that an emergency quick reference guide for students and faculty is located in classrooms and on the school’s web portal. Delaware Tech constables, who are armed and have arrest powers, participated last year in a two-day active shooter response training, and are participating in active-shooter exercises through Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, ALEERT, provided by Delaware State Police and the FBI, according to school officials.

They say the training is standardizing the law enforcement response to active shooter incidents nationwide to ensure multiple agencies engage in a coordinated response. Delaware Tech officials also say tabletop exercises that were held at each of its campuses last year included an active shooter scenario, and that it has threat assessment teams to address potentially troubled students whose behavior concerns others. The school says a “Run-Hide-Fight” video, created by officials in Houston, Texas, with the help of a federal grant, has routinely been shown during new student orientation and first-year student success classes.

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