Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home.
Thousands of students at Oklahoma State call campus their home, and in fall 2019, many students questioned their safety.
“We want students to feel safe, and on that day, they didn’t,” Student Body President Kaitlyn Kirksey said.
Kirksey was referring to Oct. 15, 2019, when loud bangs heard near Edmon Low Library prompted distress on campus. The story was picked up by several regional news networks in Tulsa, and even the Tulsa World ran a story about the disturbance.
The OSU Police Department later concluded that no shots were fired that day, but the fear of what could have happened remained, and people haven’t been quick to forget.
Sgt. Adam Queen visited the Student Government Association body earlier in the semester to discuss possible plans for active shooter safety. He said the incident prompted concerns about safety options on campus and how they can be implemented.
Senate Vice Chair Noah Murphey took Queen’s visit seriously. On Wednesday, he proposed recommendations be taken to the Faculty Council that implement active shooter education training for faculty. He would also like to create videos to be shown alongside the current sexual assault training required with new student orientation.
“There is currently no required training for students or faculty,” Murphey said.
He hopes this kind of education will make students feel more secure on campus and equip the faculty for emergency situations.
Some staff on OSU’s campus are required to take a two-hour active shooter training course, but it isn’t implemented for all employees. While Murphey understands faculty have a full workload as is, he believes student safety should be a priority of the University.
Murphey hopes the Faculty Council will accept the recommendations and hopes to take them to other organizations such as the Arts and Sciences Student Council and the Resident Hall Association.
“We want to mold the culture because students are the culture," Murphey said.
SGA unanimously voted to deliver the recommendations as is.