Mass Shooting Prompts MSU to Request More Security Funding

MSU is considering the installation of classroom door locks, more security cameras, and other policy changes.

Mass Shooting Prompts MSU to Request More Security Funding

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Lansing, Michigan — Michigan State University (MSU) officials are asking for more funding for security from the state legislature in response to the February 13 mass shooting on campus that killed three students and seriously injured five others.

MSU Board of Trustees Chair Rema Vassar told Bridge Michigan that the university has increased the frequency of its security enhancement plans from one-year and five-year plans to six-month plans, which is an expensive change. However, it’s unclear how much money MSU is requesting from the state.

The enhancements that are being considered  by MSU include classroom door locks, less time when academic buildings are unlocked, and more security cameras. Mandatory active shooter drills for staff and students are also being considered. Currently, these drills are voluntary.

Right now, an internal security assessment is being conducted, and an external review will be done at a later date.

The request for more security funding was prompted by the mass shooting that was carried out by a 43-year-old gunman who had no apparent connection to MSU. He entered Berkey Hall around 8:18 p.m. and started shooting, killing two people. Because officers were at Berkey Hall, the suspect left that building and went to the MSU Student Union and opened fire again, killing another person before fleeing the scene. The gunman took his own life a short while later.

Before the shooting, both buildings involved in the attack were open to the general public during business hours, and neither had a card access system in place.

The three students killed in the shooting have been identified as Arielle Anderson, 19, Brian Fraser, 20, and Alexandria Verner, 20.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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