Monday, July 11, 2016

From Our What-Could-Possibly-Go-Wrong? File

Maybe this is an idea that shouldn't be locked in at this point
UCLA officials are looking to install a system that would lock classroom doors remotely, following last month’s murder-suicide.

A committee will decide between different lock systems that would allow officials to lock doors from a central location in case of an emergency, said Art Kirkland, director of the Office of Emergency Management. The committee hopes to implement the locks in about 230 classrooms, which would cost UCLA administration about $1 million.

On June 1, UCLA officials sent a series of BruinAlerts telling students to find a secure location and that the campus locked down following reports of a shooting in Engineering IV. However, some students and instructors said they were unable to lock classroom doors.

Kirkland said no extensive locking system exists at any university, but there is a similar system already in use in residential hall rooms on the Hill. The committee has until Sept. 1 to find a system to suggest to Chancellor Gene Block...

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