In the wake of recent shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon and Northern Arizona University, SUNY Cortland will hold a series of educational events aimed at preparing the campus community to survive a similar act of violence.
“Unfortunately, we live in an age in which tragedies of this type have the potential to occur on any campus,” President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “Colleges and universities are special places that promote openness and freedom of discourse. Our campus is a major corridor and people are moving through it all the time.
“We see strangers here every day, but there are things we can do. It will take constant vigilance and cooperation, but we can help protect our campus from this type of unlikely, but extremely tragic, attack.”
So far, three events have been scheduled for this month: two training sessions for faculty and other campus community members and a seminar on recent college campus shootings by Distinguished Service Professor Robert Spitzer, an internationally respected expert on gun laws.
Additional education sessions on topics ranging from campus security measures and emergency communication to personal safety in the event of campus violence are being scheduled.
Bitterbaum also is urging all members of the College community to review the information provided about active shooter incidents on SUNY Cortland’s emergency webpage.
Students, faculty and staff should be sure to watch the video on that page. It is also imperative that everyone who has not already done so sign up for early warning messages through the New York Alert system.
The three events scheduled so far are:
Information on additional events will be publicized when details are available.