BOG: We need to be more prepared
In reaction to the shootings at Virginia Tech, the board that oversees Florida's universities voted unanimously this morning to ask the Legislature for $3.5 million to beef up campus police and emergency communications systems. "This terrible tragedy gives us an opportunity to assess our own vulnerabilities and determine how we can be more prepared," said Board of Governors Chair Carolyn Roberts. "We need to have different procedures in place."
The board wants $1.5 million in one-time funds to improve instant notification systems that can be used in emergencies, and $2 million in recurring funds to increase the number of campus police, student advisors and mental health counselors. The Legislature is expected to take up the issue immediately.
In the meantime, state university system Chancellor Mark Rosenberg called on all 11 state universities to review and perhaps strengthen policies regarding the involuntary medical dismissal of disruptive students. "We must err on the side of protecting the many against the few who are incapable of dealing with the world of complexity that our campuses have become," he said.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter