State-owned universities examining safety protocols

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 29, 2013 3:58 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A panel of law enforcement experts is examining what can be done to make Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities safer.

The task force aims to improve campus security across the State System of Higher Education.

The group was formed this past spring and includes an FBI agent, state and campus police and private security officers.

Spokesman Kenn Marshall says all facets of campus safety are on the table.

"This task force is taking a look at all of our police and security operations on all of our campuses, everything from staffing and funding levels to response times to how they file their required reports with state and local governments," Marshall says.

The group is also considering whether students should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on campus if they have permits.

Lawyers for the state system have previously concluded that an outright ban is unenforceable.

Kutztown, Shippensburg and Millersville universities have changed policies over the past year to reflect the advice of lawyers.

The task force has several more meetings before it makes recommendations to the universities' Board of Governors.

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