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August 30, 2007 :: Task Force Continues Study of Safety on Oklahoma’s Campuses

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Members of the Campus Life and Safety and Security (CLASS) Task Force continued discussions today on the safety of Oklahoma’s college and CareerTech campuses.

The task force was appointed by Governor Brad Henry in response to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University. Since the inaugural meeting of the task force in May, members have divided into five subcommittees to study various aspects: Notification, Response, Counseling, Laws and Policies, and Funding.

The subcommittees will make recommendations to the full task force about ways to better protect students and improve emergency response. Final recommendations will be reported to the governor and legislative leadership by Jan. 15, 2008.

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, chairman of the CLASS Task Force, lauded the group for making progress and staying on track.

“This is a serious issue and we are approaching it in a timely and comprehensive manner,” Johnson said. “We are evaluating the current security status of our campuses with the goal of providing a safer environment for our students.”

The CLASS Task Force consists of 15 members from higher education, career and technology education, public safety and health services. Johnson serves as chairman, and Phil Berkenbile, CareerTech state director, serves as vice chairman.