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Northeastern holds town hall on campus safety, security

Jack McDevitt at Northeastern's town hall meeting on campus safety

The town hall meeting included pre­sen­ta­tions by fac­ulty mem­bers Jack McDevitt and Wendy Parmet. McDevitt, a crim­i­nol­o­gist and asso­ciate dean for research and grad­uate studies in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, char­ac­ter­ized active shooter sit­u­a­tions on campus as rare events, but ones that inflict a high degree of harm when they occur.

North­eastern held a town hall meeting on Monday after­noon that brought together stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff to dis­cuss a range of issues related to campus safety and security.

The meeting was prompted, in part, by con­fu­sion about the university’s deci­sion last fall to train an Inci­dent Con­tain­ment Team designed to respond to a pos­sible active-​​shooter sit­u­a­tion. About 50 people attended the meeting.

The meeting also included pre­sen­ta­tions by fac­ulty mem­bers Jack McDevitt and Wendy Parmet. McDevitt, a crim­i­nol­o­gist and asso­ciate dean for research and grad­uate studies in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, char­ac­ter­ized active shooter sit­u­a­tions on campus as rare events, but ones that inflict a high degree of harm when they occur. In terms of han­dling campus safety, McDevitt under­scored the impor­tance of having train­ings for fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff to better under­stand how to respond in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. And he said that campus safety involves a strong part­ner­ship between the police depart­ment and the rest of the uni­ver­sity community.

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