May 1, 2007

Liberty officials convene to discuss security measures

by Amy Field, Asst. News Editor
In response to the recent events at Virginia Tech, Liberty administration officials called a meeting in order to “reassess  ‘emergency event’ plans,” according to Dr. Mark Hine, who is the vice president for student affairs. Others who attended the gathering included Dr. Jerry Falwell, Dr. Ron Godwin and Chief of LUPD, Randall Smith. The meeting, held on April 23, covered current and future security plans Liberty officials are considering to alert individuals on campus.

“After discussing what is currently in place, we talked about additional measures that we could take in light of recent events,” said Hine.

“(Chief Smith) and his staff have already been working on enhancements to our current plans.”
The enhancements discussed included the possibility of a siren being installed on the Campus North tower that would sound off in case of an “extreme emergency,” said Hine.

Another security measure that is being taken into consideration is the addition of a “reverse 911” system, with Liberty officials alerting students and faculty by text messaging, e-mails and announcements on the splash page.

Students were asked in Wednesday’s convocation service to fill out cards with their cell phone numbers and other contact information, enabling Liberty to send them the text messages.
For those who were unable to attend that convocation, a link to the form has been provided at www.liberty.edu/alert. A Liberty username and password is required because it is posted on ASIST. Submitted information is secure and will not be used for any other purpose aside from security alerts.

Liberty’s administration will be in touch with students in the future, regarding more security measures.

“Further details will be presented very soon regarding all of this,” said Hine.
“It is our intention to proceed carefully but quickly in order to continue ensuring the safety of our community.”


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