Panel tells UI that changes could bolster safety

Panel tells UI that changes could bolster safety

Panel tells UI that changes could bolster safety

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An independent panel suggested University of Idaho administrators strengthen emergency management and bolster efforts to keep students, faculty and staff safe following a murder-suicide in August.


   Former Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout helped review the university's safety protocols after professor Ernesto Bustamante resigned Aug. 19, then gunned down 22-year-old Katy Benoit three days later.


   The reviewers said a big problem was that it isn't clear how concerns regarding disturbing, distressing or disruptive behaviors by faculty are acknowledged and addressed.


   Copple Trout's panel also suggested strengthening policies on physical abuse, hazing and harassment, as well as making the consensual relationship policy more prominent on its Web site.


   Since the tragedy, the school is moving to adopt a policy of strongly discouraging relationships between faculty members and students.

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