At a September meeting with top MSU leaders, including the police chief, at least two faculty members raised concerns about a lack of door locks in the event of a campus shooting. One speaker cited Berkey Hall specifically.
Gretchen Whitmer’s Sixty by 30 plan emulates failed efforts by predecessors to raise the number of post-high-school degrees. But the plan only helps a few thousand. Holding colleges accountable to graduate more students would go farther.
In the month since a terrifying mass shooting, a loose collection of MSU students has emerged to organize sit-downs, pressure lawmakers, tend to classmates and demand that school officials create a safer campus for those who follow.
A Bridge Michigan survey finds that automatic door locks, live video feeds are standard at several universities in Michigan. Several reforms are underway following a shooting that killed three students.
Deadly shootings at MSU and Oxford High spurred the tate to divert millions of dollars for school police officers and other security measures. Research is mixed on whether those measures save lives, and they come with a cost to student mental health.
Interim President Teresa Woodruff announced a series of future security upgrades on Wednesday that range from restricting public access to buildings to school-wide training sessions following a deadly mass shooting Feb. 13.
All on-duty officers rushed to the gunman, leaving no one initially to send an alert to students to ‘run, hide, fight.’ The text came 13 minutes after the first 9-1-1 call, as the gunman had moved to another building.
Join us when reporters Isabel Lohman, Jonathan Oosting and Yue Stella Yu detail possible solutions for stopping gun violence and mass shootings in a conversation moderated by managing editor Joel Kurth.
The high court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on challenges to President Biden’s loan forgiveness program, which aims to cancel up to $20,000 in college debt for individual students. Critics say Biden went beyond his executive authority.
Trustee Chair Rema Vassar said MSU is rushing to ask the Legislature for security upgrade funds, which will likely include tightening building access. She also signaled an upcoming review of campus security by outside experts.
At a town hall meeting on campus Tuesday night, Michigan State students had their first public opportunity to directly address university leaders about the deadly mass shooting Feb. 13. They pushed for restricted access to buildings and more flexibility from professors.
MSU student Kirin Krafthefer created the site as a forum for MSU students to share their experiences from the campus shooting. She said students are too often left out of debates about how to prevent and respond to mass shootings, when they “should be leading this conversation.”
‘In a country that idolizes freedom, I need freedom. I need freedom to go to my dining hall without checking over my shoulder for a gunman. I need freedom to tell those close to me I love them without fear it’ll be the last time I say it. I need freedom to get a violence free education.’
MSU students described their return to class Monday as anything but normal, yet many called it a necessary step in the long road back to normalcy. Some professors eased students slowly back into academic life, while others proceeded without change.
Outrage over the MSU shootings combined with a Democratic majority in Lansing would suggest a clear path for gun reform. But history shows there will be hurdles. An MSU professor explains what gun safety advocates must do to win this time.