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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 05/18/2010

DOE: VaTech failed on campus security

By Washington Post editors

The U.S. Department of Education says Virginia Tech failed to comply with campus security laws during a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman.

The university released the department's preliminary finding and its response Tuesday.

Tech disputes the department's finding that it violated the Clery Act's requirement of a “timely warning” to the campus when crimes or threats are reported.

Tech says the standard at the time of the April 16, 2007, shootings allowed university officials to use their best judgment after consulting with law enforcement. They say that's what happened.

The university has previously been criticized for not notifying the campus of the shootings sooner. The state has released its own report identifying apparent missteps.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Clery Act, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech  
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Virginia Tech failed? Sweet! Does this mean there's "free money" I can claim? Where do I get a lawyer to get my share?

.....just kidding.

Posted by: thetan | May 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

All hail the bureaucracy! Three years for a "preliminary finding"!

Posted by: jiji1 | May 18, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

So, it took the Ed Dept 3 years to determine that Virginia Tech failed to give a "timely warning."

Pot calling the kettle black.

If Virginia Tech had a real security problem that posed an actual danger to students, you'd think the appropriate oversight agency would take less than THREE YEARS to bring it to their attention.

Posted by: kcx7 | May 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Another great liberal school where nothing ever goes wrong...Enough BS already...

Posted by: AmericanJim1949 | May 18, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

There is only so much that can be done

With the NRA getting guns to be allowed everywhere, it is near impossible to stop things like this from happening

Posted by: Bious | May 18, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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