Campus Safety

Eric Peterson

Campus Safety

By Eric Peterson. CREATED Dec 9, 2011

The Virginia Tech incidents put the spotlight on campus safety in Northeast Wisconsin.

At UW-Oshkosh, students know all about the Virginia Tech shooting.

"I think it's scary and sad it happened again at the same campus," said Katie Plahmer, a UW-Oshkosh student.

The same campus where less than five years ago, a shooting rampage left dozens of students dead.

"We have 40 emergency phones on campus," said UW-Oshkosh Police Chief Joseph Lemire.

University Police have stepped up security here. Emergency phones dot the campus, and speakers will sound the alarm.

"Email messages, text messages, we have L.E.D. boards on campus," said Lemire.

And through the Titan Alert System,

"Students who sign up can get instant information, whether it's a tornado warning, or somebody who's being threatening on campus," said Alex Hummel, of UW-Oshkosh Communications.

So do students feel safe here?

"I feel safe, but so many incidents have happened, like walking home at night, kind of freaks me out," said Josh Brath, a UW-Oshkosh student.

"That was one of the things I was worried about coming here. And I feel completely safe, anytime of the day or night," said Plahmer.

The police chief says this campus is safe.

"You can never prepare for 100% of the things, but if you're prepared for 99%, you're gonna have some pretty good luck," said Lemire.

 The chief says while this shooting will serve as a learning experience, his thoughts are with those dealing with this most recent tragedy.