Two serious problems make it difficult to provide a safe environment for the 250,000 students at Oklahoma's public colleges and universities, and the faculty and staff who serve them, Roger Webb reported Thursday.
“Our campuses are very vulnerable to all kinds of serious threats,” Webb said in his report to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Webb, former state commissioner of public safety and president emeritus of the University of Central Oklahoma, serves as consultant to the Campus Safety and Security Task Force established by the regents in January.
The mass killings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School “have raised the public consciousness about safety,” he said.
But officials must “raise awareness that safety is everyone's responsibility.”
Every student, every staff member, every adjunct instructor who teaches one three-hour course per week must know what to do in an emergency, Webb said.
A second obstacle to ensuring safety is lack of resources and respect for campus security staff, he said.
“We have to make public safety on our campuses a higher priority,” Webb said.