Message from President Lamkin and Campus Police

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Dear Members of the WVU-Parkersburg Community,

In light of the violence that has taken place in campus communities, most recently in Oregon, campus police officer Al Collins has prepared the following video to describe current procedures in the event of a violent situation on campus.

Campus safety is an absolute top priority for WVU Parkersburg. It has been proven through experience that the former “lock-down” policies are not as effective as current WVU Parkersburg policy, which is as follows:


Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.

Remember the three T’s: Take off. Take cover. Take action.

  1. If you can, take off (evacuate). Leave belongings behind. Keep your hands visible. Please do not drive away as to prevent blocking emergency responders from accessing the campus.
  2. If unable to evacuate, take cover. Hide out in an area away from the active shooter’s view. Lock doors. Block entry to the hiding place.
  3. As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, take action. Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the shooter.

I appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that everyone is aware of these policies and thank you for your attention to this vital issue.

Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, President, WVU Parkersburg

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