14 state-operated universities have active-shooter safety plans

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 12, 2015 2:34 AM

FILE PHOTO: Dr. Christine Seals speaks during a news conference at Umpqua Community College Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened on a limited basis for faculty and students for the first time since armed suspect Chris Harper-Mercer killed multiple people and wounded several others on Thursday before taking his own life at Snyder Hall. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which oversees the 14 state-operated universities, does not require the campuses to have security plans for active shooters, but they all do. 

Spokesman Kenn Marshall says it also does not provide any standard set of guidelines or review the active shooter plans.

But, the universities do their own emergency planning, working with the chancellor's office and sharing information about best practices. 

The schools all employ trained police officers authorized to carry firearms.

Marshall says they must pass the same certification requirements as municipal police officers and undergo regular retraining.  

More than 110,000 students are enrolled at the system universities. 

They include Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Millersville and Shippensburg in the midstate

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