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No Statewide 'Active Shooter' Training Required For Colleges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio takes a hands-off approach to "active shooter" training on college campuses, leaving the policies up to schools to develop.

 

A review by The Associated Press shows that eight years after the Virginia Tech massacre prompted tighter campus security measures, some universities make active shooter training mandatory for incoming students, while others offer little guidance on what to do if there's a gunman on the loose.

 

Ohio's higher education department — which oversees higher education institutions — does not impose requirements for active shooting training. The agency's spokesperson says each university and college board of trustees is tasked with formulating a safety plan that works best for their campus.

 

Such training isn't required for all students at Wright State University, University of Dayton, Ohio University and Ohio State University, though the campuses do offer it.

 

The importance of campus safety has come up again with recent shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.