OSU implements a number of new trainings

The goal of the new training seminars is to educate and make people feel safe.

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 4:54 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 5:24 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University is implementing a number of new training seminars to make students, staff, and community members feel safe and educated.

"If you don't feel safe, if you aren't safe, you don't learn. If you aren't feeling safe, you cannot work and be productive," said Vice President of University Relations, Steve Clark.

Clark said the goal with all of these training seminars is not just to make people safer, but also to make them feel safer.

One of the seminars is focused on active-shooter training. Staff with the university said they use the FBI's "Run, Hide, Fight" model for that training. They said the idea is to make sure that people have the tools to make some sort of decision in a dangerous situation.

"We as humans, we do one of three things. We fight, flight, or freeze," said Suzy Tannenbaum, Chief of Public Safety. "And we don't want people to freeze, because we know that seconds save lives, and if they know what their options are, then we want them to make that choice and do something."

Along with training seminars, which are open to the public, OSU is also conducting security surveys on several buildings and departments. Tennenbaum said they want to make sure every inch of campus is as secure as it possibly can be.

If anyone isn't able to make it to a training in person, they've provided resources and videos on their website.

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