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Safety Concerns At Ohio State Prompt 600 New Classroom Locks

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Ohio State has installed 600 new locks on 300 classroom to improve campus safety.

Workers at The Ohio State University continue installing locks on hundreds of classroom doors to improve on-campus safety.

School officials say after a November 2016 on-campus attack, many students and faculty said they wanted more locks on doors. Until then, most classrooms did not have locks.

“There was a desire from faculty, students and staff to try to have a more uniform locking mechanism in academic classrooms,” says Ohio State spokesperson Dan Hedman. “And so, based on that, funding was made available, and this three-year project will actually hopefully be wrapping up in just two years with the installation of locks in 300 classrooms across campus.”

Those 300 classroom will receive more than 600 locks.

Last August, the university also created a new video outlining the “Run Hide Fight” model of responding to on-campus attacks. WOSU-TV helped produce the video.

On Nov. 28, 2016, police say Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan began attacking people with a butcher knife after driving a car into a group of pedestrians. Eleven people were injured. Within minutes of the attack, a campus police officer shot and killed Artan.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.