Michigan State Campus Lacking Common Security Features

In aftermath of mass shooting, safety features on campus differed compared to other state campuses   March 15, 2023

By Dave Lubach, Managing Editor

Michigan State University lacked several security features that other state campuses have; a state media outlet learned after surveying other schools. 

The Bridge Michigan received information from 20 different schools in the state and found that Michigan State did not have common security features on campus that other schools have that could have helped prevent or limit the deaths and injuries in a Feb. 13 shooting that resulted in the deaths of three students and another five students who were wounded. 

Among the security features lacking at MSU were: 

  • In Berkey Hall, one of the areas where the attack started, a professor held the door handle in an effort to prevent the shooter from entering the classroom because there was no lock on the inside of the door. 
  • The school lacked the ability to remotely lock exterior doors from a central location. 
  • Lack of access to live camera feeds delayed the ability of law enforcement to react to the shooter. 

In the aftermath of the shooting, the university has started to implement more security features. 

The school’s interim president announced the school will install more cameras and will require students and employees to take active violent intruder training. The school is also limiting access to campus buildings between 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to only those with key-card access. 

The school is also adding classroom locks to all 1,300 classrooms on campus. 

Dave Lubach is managing editor of the facilities market. 




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