The ad hoc panel aimed to evaluate how the university responded to the shooting and whether additional steps could have been taken.
President Mitch Daniels says while the suggestions in the report will make the campus safer, they most likely would not have prevented the death of Andrew Boldt.
“But, it did surface a number of possibilities for improvement,” Daniels says. “Should, heaven forbid, there is an even remotely similar episode again, we want to be as well-prepared as a community of 50,000 plus can be. “
Spanish professor Patricia Hart chaired the group. She says suggestions include increasing availability and awareness of mental health services, making it possible to lock all classroom doors from the inside without a key, and having the emergency text alert system be “opt out” instead of “opt in.”
“I confess I did not have this [service] before the murder in January because I mistakenly thought I was going to be spammed with a lot of messages. In fact, this is not the case,” Hart says.
Hart says only 19 text alerts were sent out in the past year, all related to a safety situation on campus.
Daniels says the administration will be meeting with the panel to discuss its recommendations and prioritize projects.