MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Officials at the University of Idaho are defending their infrequent use of a campus emergency alert system.
Other media outlets report the system was not used Sunday when a gun shot was fired into a residence hall on the Moscow campus. The university also didn't immediately issue an alert last August, when a professor gunned down a student at her off-campus home.
Administrators say they didn't immediately alert students based on the advice of police, who determined Ernesto Bustamante did not present an ongoing threat. The university did issue an alert the next morning, when police cordoned off a hotel where Bustamante had turned a gun on himself after killing Katy Benoit.
UI security director Matt Dorschel use of the emergency alert system is considered on a case-by-case basis.