Purdue’s president says university officials are conducting a thorough review of emergency response procedures in light of the fatal shooting and stabbing that took place on campus last month.
Mitch Daniels says the initial examination of the events surrounding the death of Andrew Boldt indicate an excellent response from law enforcement.
He says for the most part the university’s text alert system worked as planned and the majority of students, faculty, and staff responded to the “shelter in place” order appropriately.
But Daniels says there is always room for improvement and lessons to be learned.
“So you want to learn all you can, and if there ever was a next time, heaven forbid, you’d want to be better,” Daniels said. “But the real question here is how can places like Purdue spot, predict, and prevent these things from happening in the first place. We gotta have a hard look at that.”
One solution Daniels mentioned is a review of mental health services offered on campus and how to identify students who need help.
Purdue is accepting public comment on ways to improve the university’s emergency preparedness plan and suggestions can be submitted to the Provost’s office.