SUNY Cortland plans "active shooter preparedness" event

The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at pblanchard@cortlandvoice.com.


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CORTLAND, N.Y. – All SUNY Cortland faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a campus Webinar intended to help prepare them for the type of senseless gun violence that several colleges have experienced in recent weeks.

“Active Shooter Preparedness – A Commitment to Action” will be presented live at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Sperry 309.

People can go to Sperry Hall to participate live through the Internet. A video of the Webinar will also be made available on the campus Website for people to view at their convenience.

Specific information about how to access the presentation and how to ask questions electronically during the event is not yet finalized. Please mark your calendars. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

“In extremely dangerous situations, knowledge can sometimes mean the difference between life and death,” University Police Chief Steven Dangler said. “Although attacks like the recent campus shootings in Oregon are extremely rare, we want all students, faculty and staff to be as prepared as possible.”

The Webinar is one of a series of SUNY Cortland educational events aimed at preparing the campus community to survive attacks such as the Oct. 1 shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, during which eight students and an assistant professor were killed.

SUNY Cortland’s events include:

  • “Guns and Safety on College Campuses After the Umpqua Shooting,” the seminar is an exploration of what can be done to deter these types of events. Led by Distinguished Service Professor Robert Spitzer, who has authored five books on gun policy, the talk will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.
  • Active Shooter Training, presented by the University Police Department and the Human Resources Department, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Corey Union Fireplace Lounge. The program is geared toward faculty and staff, but all members of the campus community are invited.
  • Active Shooter Training, presented by the University Police Department and the Human Resources Department, will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. The training is geared toward faculty and staff, but all members of the campus community are invited.


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