WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. July 14, 2022 — West Liberty University’s highest priority is providing a safe, friendly environment for its students and employees. In an effort to continue to prepare for critical incidents that may occur on today’s college campuses, WLU planned an Active Shooter Drill for today that was carried out successfully.
The incident began at approximately 2:12 p.m. and included campus-wide email communication and real-time response of local safety agencies and first responders. Notification of the incident was sent via the official RAVE mass notification alert system used by all students and employees.
“We are so grateful to the many safety agencies and professionals that were involved today in this important practice session. I am certain that the drill will provide valuable lessons and feedback in keeping campus, our students, employees and visitors safe. It is reassuring to know that West Liberty University has many safety professionals assisting campus on these matters,” said W. Franklin Evans, WLU president and CEO.
Some of the agencies that took part in today’s drill include:
- Ohio County Sheriff Office
- Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
- Brooke County Volunteer Fire Department
- West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department
- West Liberty University Police Department, under the direction of Chief Ron Fox
- West Liberty University’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
West Liberty University’s Campus Police includes six full-time professional officers serving the campus community, led by Chief Ron Fox of Graysville, Pa.
Campus Police are dedicated to providing excellence in service to the campus community and provides 24-hour-a-day patrol to the grounds, parking lots, residence halls, academic buildings and the faculty housing area. Its office is located on the ground floor of Shaw Hall and can be reached by phone at 304.336.8021.