- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming and the state’s seven community colleges have each adopted emergency plans that include responding to an active shooting scenario.

Nationwide, school employees and students are asking whether campuses should do more following the recent shooting deaths of nine people at a community college in southern Oregon.

UW, which is Wyoming’s only public, four-year university, adopted new training and practices for its police force after the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, UW Police Chief Mike Samp said.

“For the last four years the university police department has been hosting, in conjunction with the Laramie Police Department, a countywide training for law enforcement officers,” Samp said.

Drills are held annually and the emergency response plan is regularly reviewed, he said.

“The plan is written with the flexibility to be able to adapt to make the best decisions based on information in a particular case,” he said.

Jim Rose, executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, said all two-year colleges have an emergency response plan even though they are not mandated to have one. There are no specific system-wide guidelines issued by the commission.

Rose noted that the state’s community colleges are each governed directly by their own boards of trustees.

“There’s a great deal of individual autonomy in these kind of issues so that the boards of trustees at the colleges are very sensitive to the needs and they are the ones who ensure some of these things are taking place,” he said.

He said the colleges have refined their plans since 2012, when a Casper College instructor was killed by his son with an arrow in front of students on campus. The son then stabbed himself to death.

Individual colleges may have refined their own plans since then, but any such changes are not system wide, Rose said.

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