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UMass to Review Campus Security after Firearms Incidents

Three separate incidents have been reported in the last five months

The University of Massachusetts is taking a closer look at overall campus safety after an incident of a weapon was reported on campus, according to a report.

The latest incident is the third of its kind in the last five months, with the most recent incident involving a non-UMass student allegedly assaulting and robbing a student. As a response, UMass police issued a shelter in place order that night, which last 90 minutes.

The latest incident has caused students to report their dissatisfaction about the effectiveness of the campus emergency alert system and dorm security, due to the two men involved being let it by a resident.

“Our response to any sort of firearm is immediate,” said Patrick Archbald, deputy chief of UMPD. “We are all certainly and sadly aware of the increasing incidents of firearms on campus.”

According to Archbald, UMPD officers attend eight hours of active threat training each summer, which includes active shooter situations. In the event of an active shooter, the university would send out emergency alerts to notify students of the danger and about the safety measures to take.

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