See How Worries About Shootings Affect Readers’ Lives
Two weeks ago, we asked readers to tell us about their fears of a mass shooting on campus. Their response was resounding, totaling hundreds of entries.
The survey was anonymous and not scientific. As such, it does not paint a comprehensive portrait of student and faculty fears about shootings. But an examination of the responses reveals common themes. For example, many professors said they mapped escape routes for each classroom they taught in. Others said news of shootings had discouraged them from giving certain students bad grades. And many students said they wished they were allowed to carry firearms on campus to protect themselves from mass shooters.
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Two weeks ago, we asked readers to tell us about their fears of a mass shooting on campus. Their response was resounding, totaling hundreds of entries.
The survey was anonymous and not scientific. As such, it does not paint a comprehensive portrait of student and faculty fears about shootings. But an examination of the responses reveals common themes. For example, many professors said they mapped escape routes for each classroom they taught in. Others said news of shootings had discouraged them from giving certain students bad grades. And many students said they wished they were allowed to carry firearms on campus to protect themselves from mass shooters.
Click through the responses below:, which are loosely categorized by readers’ levels of concern:
Almost never worried
I wish they had metal detectors outside the football stadium.
Occasionally, especially after a mass shooting has been in the news, I find myself scoping out the windows and exits to the rooms I'm in, as well as any large furniture that I could hide behind, to plan what I would do if anything happened.
Also, one time when I was sitting in a lecture, an awkward-looking white guy that I'd never seen before walked in late, and my first thought was, "Is he a mass shooter?"\t\t1\t4\tI spent about 10 minutes browsing bulletproof vests on Amazon, but realized that's quite impractical. 12/3/2015 13:44:22\tOnce a month, at least. And whenever there is a campus shooting, I think 'That could have been me.'\tYes, I avoid the eateries. I stay in my office and avoid crowded areas. We already gave gangs on campus, and shootings in our city almost every night. It's only a matter of time, alas.\t\t1\t3\tI stay in my office and avoid crowded areas. 12/3/2015 13:44:25\tAt least once a week, often more when massacres occur on other campuses. \tI always try to map out multiple escape routes from my classroom in the event of a shooter in the building. I also find myself anxious when a student appears to get overly agitated about something in my class, and I have -- on multiple occasions -- let something go (a penalty for excessive tardiness, for example) because I was afraid to press the issue if I felt a student might retaliate with violence. \tWe need more sensible gun laws. I love teaching, but I sometimes think about leaving the university because of my state's history of violence and lack of action. I shouldn't be frightened by potential threats in my university environment. \t1\t2\tI always try to map out multiple escape routes from my classroom in the event of a shooter in the building. 12/3/2015 13:44:40\tAlmost daily.\tNot my behavior so much. I do think of places in the building that would be safe should it occur and I try to pay attention to what the people around me are doing. If someone comes into the office angry, I may, in my mind, plot out a strategy should things get out of hand.\tOur campus had a shooting several years ago -- a disgruntled Ph.D. student with his advisor -- the resulted in the gunman's and faculty member's death, so I know we're not immune.\t1\t1\tIf someone comes into the office angry, I may, in my mind, plot out a strategy should things get out of hand. 12/3/2015 13:45:22\tI don't think of it everyday but when there is another instance of gun violence it does become a thought - what would I do? Where would I hide? How would I ensure safety of others?\tI don't worry about it daily. If I did, I shouldn't be working in higher education because fearing my students will come and shoot me makes me not able to do my job appropriately when it comes to holding them accountable as a student conduct officer. I am certainly as aware of my surroundings as I can be, I would report things that felt off, but generally I feel that creating a barrier between me and my student in terms of not allowing their backpacks in my office, advocating that we install panic buttons in offices, etc just feels like we are expecting that every one of our students will retaliate with violence when they may be just as afraid of the same thing and looking for psychological safety in our spaces.\t\t1\t4\tI don't worry about it daily. If I did, I shouldn't be working in higher education… 12/3/2015 13:45:55\tSeems like nearly daily, lately. Every time I hear about another mass shooting, I wonder if one will happen here one day.\tI don't think it changes my behavior much, but it does cause quite a bit of anxiety when I need to meet with a student about an academic dishonesty issue, troubles in class, or any time a student seems emotional and 'strung out'.\t\t1\t1\tIt does cause quite a bit of anxiety when I need to meet with a student about an academic dishonesty issue. 12/3/2015 13:46:08\tToward the end of every semester and after every major school shooting. (Copycat syndrome). \tI do not meet with students alone. When a student has done something to fail the class (plagiarize, for example), I simply tell them to look up the relevant section in the course policies (what do the course policies say about plagiarism, Fred?) in some vain hope that making them look will cause some mental space.
I have refused to meet with a student who sent verbally abusive emails to me, entirely. I never would have done that when I started teaching.\tI teach at a community college. We're open enrollment, and that means we sometimes are a dumping ground for people who not only aren't intellectually prepared for college, they are unable to perform as functional adults--can't hold down a job, or responsibilities, or contain themselves to behave in class. Parents knowingly dump these students on us, figuring tuition is cheaper than paying for adult daycare or a group home.
I know the difference between mental illness and danger, but I think of that now famous essay "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" and I think that one day I might have to pen a companion essay "I was Adam Lanza's Professor". \t1\t3\tI do not meet with students alone. 12/3/2015 13:46:20\tEvery time I read or hear about a mass shooting somewhere in the country. So, almost daily. \tAt the beginning of each semester, I mentally note possible escape routes from my classrooms, as well as whether their doors can be locked from the inside. (One of the classrooms I currently use has no locks on its doors.) I consider how I might keep myself and my students safe in the event of a shooting while I'm teaching.\t\t1\t2\tAt the beginning of each semester, I mentally note possible escape routes from my classrooms 12/3/2015 13:46:36\t\t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 13:47:13\tEvery day. \tI constantly ask my administration for active shooter training. We have installed panic buttons but we have received zero training for suspicious persons or an active shooter on campus. \tIt is scary to think that this an everyday thought that crosses my mind.\t1\t1\tIt is scary to think that this an everyday thought that crosses my mind. 12/3/2015 13:47:23\tSometimes -- not enough to be in constant fear, but more than anyone should be expected to think about. \tIt forces me to think about contingency plans -- what would I do to keep myself, my staff, students, and faculty safe? If a shooter came into my building, do I close and lock my office door, or do I try to take action to protect as many people as I can? This kind of behavior is probably necessary, but it's very new.\tPart of the problem of dealing with the increasing outbreak of gun violence on campuses (and elsewhere) is that it is being treated as a partisan issue. This *should* be the kind of issue that unites both sides in a path toward a solution, but it seems that the opposite is happening. America has always been a political country, to a large extent, but the sheer vehemence behind the divisive politics of the past decade or so has led to a disturbing lack of mutual interest in finding legitimate solutions to exigent issues like mass shootings. \t1\t3\tDo I close and lock my office door, or do I try to take action to protect as many people as I can? 12/3/2015 13:47:37\tWeekly.\tYes, I feel paranoid about armed students.\tMy campus (KU) will be allowing concealed carry ON CAMPUS in 2017, and the thought TERRIFIES me daily and makes me want to seek employment elsewhere.\t1\t2\tI feel paranoid about armed students. 12/3/2015 13:47:55\tEvery single day.\tAlways check every office or classroom building for closest or multiple exits. \t\t1\t1\tAlways check every office or classroom building for closest or multiple exits. 12/3/2015 13:47:55\tI think about the possibility of a mass shooting on campus frequently. I work in Student Conduct and Residence Life and so I have a feel for the pulse of campus...but I don't about faculty, staff, or visitors who may be harboring negative thoughts.\tI am aware of my exits, hiding places, and weapons everywhere I go. I think about the safety of my hall directors and try to have as many protective measures in place as possible. Declining funds and budgets means making some tough choices and having to sacrifice safety sometimes.\tI teach campus threat assessment, have my advance firearms safety certificate, and grew up knowing how and when to use firearms but I am absolutely terrified of campus allowing guns on campus, especially in residence halls. Will I need to give my RAs Kevlar vests every time they need to mediate a roommate conflict or assist with facilitating a break-up?\t1\t1\tWill I need to give my RAs Kevlar vests every time they need to mediate a roommate conflict? 12/3/2015 13:48:49\tBeing at a very large university, I do fear a mass shooting often and have taken training to manage this crisis should it every occur.\t\t\t1\t2\tBeing at a very large university, I do fear a mass shooting often. 12/3/2015 13:49:09\tFairly often, especially because of the type of campus. It's prejudicial, certainly, but I work on an engineering campus at a big university; it frequently crosses my mind (unbidden) that there's a higher instance of suicide among students in such fields, and I wonder if that translates to homicidal tendencies. Does that sound crazy?\tI carry pepper spray; I look over my shoulder more frequently; I take each and every warning very seriously; I'm more attuned and attentive to chatter and happenings in and around campus. I'm generally warier of my peers and others on the campus.\tFor the longest time, I believed college campuses were some of the safest places in the country: Most are well-protected, with professional police units, safety protocols in place, those blue emergency light boxes strategically placed around campus. But I don't think that's true anymore. I don't know if college-aged adolescents, etc., are more disgruntled, or if we as a culture are now just so blasé about gun violence, but the fact of the matter is that mass shootings, particularly on campuses, have horrifyingly become the norm. As a student five to six years ago, it wasn't something that I actively considered a reality; as an employee at a university now, it certainly colors my perception. And, to be honest, it weighed as a heavy negative when I considered taking the job.\t1\t2\tFor the longest time, I believed college campuses were some of the safest places in the country. 12/3/2015 13:49:16\tYes, and often. I try to push it out of my mind but I probably think about it every time another one is in the news (in other words, frequently).\tI'm less likely to confront seemingly unstable students in class when their behavior is off. I'm afraid of antagonizing students. I'm also keeping my office door shut more out of a veneer of safety.\tThis needs to be dealt with politically and culturally, immediately. It hampers education and a need for literal safety while learning.\t1\t2\tThis needs to be dealt with politically and culturally, immediately. 12/3/2015 13:49:21\tevery. single. day. I tell myself "it won't happen here" but the reality is that it COULD happen here. Or there. Or anywhere. \tI try not to let it affect me. I try to pretend that it isn't a constant worry. I do carry pepper spray but that's more for fear of being attacked/raped than fear of a mass shooting.\tI am pro-2nd amendment. I know many responsible gun owners, but having to live in fear is horrible. We HAVE to do something to prevent the spread of these deadly weapons into the wrong hands. I am now a teacher and my high school students today were expressing their fears about things like this. I was lucky enough to experience a pre-Colombine and pre-9/11 world but my students don't know what that was like. They only know fear. They only know a world in which people are regularly murdered in large numbers and a world in which Pro-life politicians are far more concerned with the unborn than the actual living. It is horrifying and quite frankly embarrassing.\t1\t1\tI do carry pepper spray but that's more for fear of being attacked/raped than fear of a mass shooting. 12/3/2015 13:49:32\tOften. I worry about disgruntled 19 year olds getting their hands on a gun and bringing it to school if I'm the one instructor who prevents them from graduating because of a poor grade.\tI keep my office door shut at all times.\t\t1\t2\tI keep my office door shut at all times. 12/3/2015 13:49:37\tFairly regularly, especially if there has been a mass shooting in the news.\tI don't know how it directly affects it, but I think I do a lot more what if thinking, and contemplating locations and roles. I think there is more terror in the idea of legislation that could open up firearms being accessible to students on campus through conceal and carry which seems terrifying.\tThat is all.\t1\t2\tI think there is more terror in the idea of legislation that could open up firearms being accessible to students. 12/3/2015 13:50:08\tEvery time I meet a new class for the first time it runs through my mind. My position is primarily administrative but I teach at least once a year. I haven't thought about giving up that one class but I certainly have not thought about taking on any additional teaching.\tThis may be kind of appalling, but after the first few class meetings I frankly have a mental list of any who feel like they bear watching. When I have disagreements were trouble with students I'm very careful about when where and how I meet with them.\tMy school had a mass shooting and I am very aware of how the response of administration has changed before and after. Before the shooting I had a habitually drunk student whose disruptive behavior was swept under the rug by administration. After the shooting I had a stressed and suicidal student whose threats to herself and others brought immediate attention. Our counseling services after that incident that they dealt with two or three of these types of threats per month. Probably somewhat naive on my part but I found that idea simply shocking.\t1\t3\tWhen I have disagreements were trouble with students I'm very careful about when where and how I meet with them. 12/3/2015 13:51:30\tEvery single day. When I sit in my office, when I walk into a classroom, when I walk across campus.. the threat is always there. \tAbsolutely and unfortunately. I used to have my office door open at all times to create a welcoming environment to students and my colleagues. Now, my door is closed and locked. Nobody is entering here without my permission. \t\t1\t1\tNow, my door is closed and locked. Nobody is entering here without my permission. 12/3/2015 13:52:21\tAny senior university administrator should think of this possibility every day.\t\tLarge lecture halls are unprotected soft targets. I do not know what remedies are deemed acceptable, but an ounce of prevention is called for.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 13:54:20\tQuite often. My behavior has not been affected, but as I walk around the urban community college where I work, often, quite often I now mentally rehearse what I could do and where I could run or hide if a gunman appeared.\tSee above. I also think about how to reassure our students who already have so many barriers to success.\t\t1\t2\tQuite often I now mentally rehearse what I could do and where I could run or hide if a gunman appeared. 12/3/2015 13:55:02\tI think about it every day! I am a graduate student at large public university in the New England--it's a predominantly White campus, and has been dealing with on-going racial inclusivity issues. Every time I hear about a student protest or gathering, I worry about shooters who might want to harm the protestors. Now that I think about it, I worry all the time about all sorts of possibilities. I just wonder "will it happen today"...which is not great for one's psyche, I suppose. To compound it, the university has increased active shooter trainings and drills for the campus security network. It's stressful, because being prepared reminds one of the possibility--but obviously one should be prepared.\tI think I am a little more vigilant than I used to be. I try to look at people for signs of suspicious behavior (whatever those are...). I find myself bracing for the possibility. Mostly, I'm just scared, and have had some increase in anxiety, panic attacks, etc. I guess, at the same time, I've been trying to pay attention to signs of emotional distress in the students I encounter--make sure they're okay, their friends are okay, try to give smiles to folks on the street. \t\t1\t1\tEvery time I hear about a student protest, I worry about shooters who might want to harm the protestors. 12/3/2015 13:55:53\tEvery time I learn of a new mass shooting--which would be quite often in 2015.\tNo, I trust our campus safety and the regular active shooter training that takes place on campus. When I'm at my desk, I do sometimes stop and wonder what I might do or where I might hide, while sitting at my desk.\t\t1\t2\tWhen I'm at my desk, I do sometimes stop and wonder what I might do or where I might hide. 12/3/2015 13:56:45\tAs an administrator, it's easy to put out of your head most of the time. But recently, it's been crossing my mind on a weekly basis\tEvery time a new shooting takes place, one of us will see an article somewhere and come to tell the others. It's not like the other national tragedies. It's too close to home, and you can feel it in the way we all stare at each other. There's nothing left to say, so we stay silent, but we're all thinking the same thing; "Could that happen here? Could that happen to us?" \t\t1\t2\tThere's nothing left to say, so we stay silent. 12/3/2015 13:57:43\tOccasionally.\tNo, but I do consider the possible ramifications of giving a student a poor or failing grade.\t\t1\t3\tI do consider the possible ramifications of giving a student a poor or failing grade. 12/3/2015 13:58:03\tSince the Oregon shooting, I've been thinking about the possibility of a campus shooting on a weekly basis. For some reason, what used to seem like a rare occurrence now seems possible on any day at my school. If it can happen in small towns across the country, why not here?\tI have been a lot more aware of my surroundings. I've thought a lot about the classrooms I teach in and what the escape routes might be if something like a shooting happened. Can I barricade myself in my office? Rude behavior from students makes me wonder if it's a warning sign. Is someone who gets a bad grade going to want revenge? Lately, I've even wondered if I would feel safer leaving the profession. \t\t1\t2\tRude behavior from students makes me wonder if it's a warning sign. 12/3/2015 13:58:35\ti think about it very often, esp. after every mass shooting\tI have thought a lot about how our classroom does not have place to hide from a gunman or how the door opens out, so we cannot barricade ourselves in. I also limit my comments on foreign policy with my students, even though i teach Islam & politics, b/c i am brown and Muslim, and teach in the Midwest.\t\t1\t1\tI limit my comments on foreign policy with my students … because I am brown and Muslim. 12/3/2015 14:00:49\tEvery day.\tAt the moment, I'm creating lockdown plans and exit strategies in the event an active shooter arrives on campus.
I've also become much more observant of what's going on in the neighborhood in which our main campus is located. \t\t1\t1\tI'm creating lockdown plans and exit strategies in the event an active shooter arrives on campus. 12/3/2015 14:02:20\tAt this point? Weekly.\tI know of instructors (colleagues) who have been reticent to provide unfavorable feedback to students, even when absolutely necessary, for fear of retaliation. Although I have not gotten to that point, hearing them express concerns has caused me to spend time reflecting on the students who have been most dissatisfied with my course policies this semester.\t\t1\t2\tI know of instructors who have been reticent to provide unfavorable feedback to students for fear of retaliation. 12/3/2015 14:04:08\tDaily\tActually am thinking of buying a bullet proof vest and keeping it in my office.\t\t1\t1\tActually am thinking of buying a bullet proof vest and keeping it in my office. 12/3/2015 14:04:14\tMultiple times a day.\tI try to imagine where I might hide or how I might escape in an active shooter situation. I also consider how I might defend myself with items in my vicinity if necessary. \tAdvocates for open carry often express the argument that since criminals are by definition not law abiding, they will not be deterred by stronger firearm regulations. I think this is a flawed argument because while a criminal may not be concerned about breaking the law the law can still impede their ability to obtain the firearms. Also, open carry advocates often seem to view tighter regulations as targeted at legal gun ownership, which seems strange. The idea behind stricter profiling of people who purchase firearms is to limit the ability of criminals to perpetrate violent acts against innocent people. Why wouldn't legal firearm owners assume that they would be able to get through the vetting process - given that they are so keen to point out that they are not criminals? I suppose my thoughts give away some of my stance on this, but one shouldn't be too quick to lump me in with firearm prohibition advocates. I believe there is a place for firearms (specifically rifles) in a more rural, hunting-type culture.\t1\t1\tI consider how I might defend myself with items in my vicinity if necessary. 12/3/2015 14:06:32\tAt least a few times a day. I work in a highly-trafficked academic building on our campus with an open atrium in the middle and the halls lined with classrooms mostly overlook it. We've gotten a few bomb threats over the years but those are usually around finals time. It would be a perfect target (that, or our campus' football games which have sold out most of their games this season). \tMy office overlooks an atrium in the middle of our building. It wasn't until the Umpqua Community College shooting that I realized I don't even have a curtain in my window or a way to block an intruder from seeing I'm in here.
I'm more alert now than ever. When I walk across campus or to my car at the end of the day I find my head is on a constant swivel. I always call a family member on that walk, letting them know that I'm walking from my office in X hall to my car in X parking lot, that way if something were to happen and no one saw, they could hang up and call campus police. I know that sounds ridiculous, but my anxiety level is already high enough, and with working on a college campus in the current day and age, I have to be careful. It probably also doesn't help that my dad's a retired firefighter and my mom works in the criminal court system - I was raised to be alert from a very young age.\tYou know, I think it's great that people want to protest police brutality and all, especially on college campuses - we've had quite a few protests on our campus as of late. But I think we have to draw a line - especially when they're the ones we expect to go in and protect us. How are we thanking the police officers who go into harms way to ensure our safety when we're questioning their profession on a daily basis? I don't know if that's what you're looking for, but that's been on my mind a lot lately. \t1\t1\tWhen I walk across campus or to my car at the end of the day I find my head is on a constant swivel. 12/3/2015 14:06:35\tEvery time someone else in the office gets worried about it aloud, or it gets mentioned in the news. So about every three hours lately.\tI don't worry about it, and it doesn't affect my behavior. I have a better chance of being struck by lightning. I don't worry about that either much.\tThe only person shot on my campus in the last fifteen years was by the campus police force.\t1\t2\tI have a better chance of being struck by lightning. 12/3/2015 14:07:14\tEvery day, as I park my car, I wonder if this will be the day that my campus joins the ever-growing list of campuses that are part of that statistic. I look at my students and wonder which of them I need to be afraid OF, and which of them I need to be afraid FOR.\tAlways shut the door to the classroom. Always keep my phone on in case I need to make an emergency call. Always consider ways to barricade the doors, ways to hide, ways to escape. Every day.\tIt is infuriating that we Americans are so worried about those brown middle eastern terrorists that we don't spend enough time being afraid of homegrown terrorists. And it is infinitely frustrating that we shrug our shoulders and pretend there is nothing we can do to prevent these atrocities while simultaneously glorifying the culture of violence and entitlement that is endemic to American exceptionalism. How many people have to die before we finally say ENOUGH?\t1\t1\tAlways shut the door to the classroom. Always keep my phone on in case I need to make an emergency call. 12/3/2015 14:09:56\tI think of the possibility of a shooting at my campus every time I read of a mass shooting somewhere in America (this morning). I think of it when I hear emergency vehicle sirens (ten minutes ago). I think of it when I get a phone call from a unrecognized campus number (this fall). I think of it when buildings on the south west edge of campus go on lockdown because of a shooting near the campus (this fall). I think about it when having lunch with my classmates (an hour ago).\tSometimes, when taking a rare break with classmates, we may be eating lunch, and joking, and I may think, if a shooting were to take place here, could we get out of the building? And if we could, how could we avoid getting ourselves into even greater danger. What makes school shootings so scary is that even while attempting to escape, shooters may come from around any corner. There really is no way to modify behavior to ensure I won't be shot and killed on campus. And that I am training to teach in a university, I wonder, when I am on the job market, which of the schools that make me offers will be the next target. And if I am there, how will I be able to help make my students safe in the face of such a threat. It is likely that I won't be able to.\tThank you for asking these questions. It is important to know of your interest in our lives out here. Although I go to a private school in central New York, I am not without concern for the welfare of students here. In addition to the threat of a shooting, due to the poverty in this once prosperous city, students experience the violence of robbery and muggings regularly. The bus stop on the edge of my block on the outer university area is a favorite destination for such activity. Your call for answers to your questions reminds me of the importance of speaking up, and speaking out during these terribly violent times.\t1\t1\tThere really is no way to modify behavior to ensure I won't be shot and killed on campus. 12/3/2015 14:11:18\tDaily. My campus, a suburban/rural community college, has a wide open campus. We don't even require parking stickers. We have a lot of police presence because of training opportunities, but there would be no way to stop someone from walking in to a building or office, and taking lives. \tI am planning to get CPR, first aid, and self defense training on my own. I'm always looking for the nearest exits, and making sure I know the layout of the building I'm in. \tI and my colleagues have asked our administration REPEATEDLY for hands-on Active Shooter training, and drills. They gave us a YouTube video. I'm terrified, and I'm furious that our administration takes the lives of faculty, staff, and students so lightly.
We had an incident earlier this semester, and not all classes locked down. Students were wandering around campus, outside. It was a false alarm, but the next day administration patted themselves on the back for doing "a pretty good job." They are delusional. \t1\t1\tI have asked our administration REPEATEDLY for hands-on Active Shooter training. They gave us a YouTube video. 12/3/2015 14:11:24\tEvery day.\tNo, I try to keep teaching and serving my students, trusting that, in reality, a campus shooter is a rare event and will most likely not happen on our campus. I worry, but it doesn't affect my performance as a professor.\tMy university has conducted trainings that address what we should do if violence on campus erupts. But the fact is, all of the classrooms and offices in my building have large glass panes. We could not lock the door and be safe.\t1\t1\tAll of the classrooms and offices in my building have large glass panes. We could not lock the door and be safe. 12/3/2015 14:11:26\tEvery time there is a mass shooting (so pretty much every day at this point). I feel like it is inevitable unless something changes.\tI think about where I would hide in my office, in different parts of my building, or what I would do if I had a class full of students.\t\t1\t2\tI think about where I would hide in my office, or what I would do if I had a class full of students. 12/3/2015 14:12:58\tI think about a mass shooting on campus where my daughter is nearly every week, particularly when I know there is going to be a large group event, like a football game.\tI can't ask her not to go to the football game but I dread it every time. \t\t1\t3\tI think about a mass shooting on campus where my daughter is nearly every week. 12/3/2015 14:15:05\tVery often. At the beginning of every semester, I take part of a day to look at my classroom, the buildings I'm in, and plan in case there were ever to be a live shooter situation. \tI make sure to connect with my students interpersonally as much as I can, and I've referred many students to seek additional help over the years. \tThere are two: my campus has had a shooting in the past (Arkansas), so it's hyper aware of the potential for violence. It's done a good job training faculty, students, and staff about protocols related to live shooter scenarios. Having said that, I've decided to leave academia, and I'd be lying if my personal safety wasn't a small motivator in the decision. \t1\t1\tI've decided to leave academia, and I'd be lying if my personal safety wasn't a small motivator in the decision. 12/3/2015 14:15:31\tWeekly. I wonder how I would act if I learned of a live shooter situation on my campus, and I think about my classrooms. I teach a class of 70 in a large room with multiple exits and windows at ground level in a main building. I couldn't secure such a room. How would I get my 70 students to safety? Are there places in the building nearby where we could hide? Could we safely get there? Is it even my responsibility to care for my students in such a situation? Is risking my own life for the sake of my students now part of my job as a professor? \tYes, sadly. Being a faculty member instructing students is inherently accompanied by the occasional confrontation. For instance, a student disagrees with a grade they earned or with a course policy. Maybe the outcome of this grade could affect whether they graduate or keep their scholarship or whatever. You don't and can't know what they'll do next. If they want to hurt you or the other students, they can; your schedule with days, times, and rooms is easily accessible online. Of course, most students aren't a threat, but you just never know which one will be. The only thing you can do is be careful not to upset anyone - which is hard to do unless you want to pass out As to everyone.\t\t1\t2\tIs risking my own life for the sake of my students now part of my job as a professor? 12/3/2015 14:15:43\tWeekly. More when there's a campus shooting, threats against the campus, or tension between students.\tI always check to see which way classroom doors open, if they lock, if they can be easily barricaded. I also make sure I know more than one exit route from the building. I have campus police saved as the first number in my phone. I have done the active shooter training on campus and watched several other preparedness videos--which interesting tend to contradict on whether it's better to shelter in place or run. I also try to be aware of the situation around me on campus. Finally, I'm probably overly vigilant about reporting problematic students and/or sending students for mental health referrals.\tI saw that in the wake of recent shootings more people are looking for training on what to do in the event of an active shooter — I thought, welcome to my reality. I also find it terrifying when students (or anyone) think the solution is arming themselves or me. I respect my students as autonomous individuals, but I also see some of the decision-making the 18 year-old brain is capable of. The answer is not to give them guns in class. And I'm a teacher not a soldier — no one can expect me to protect my class on that level. That's just not a solution.\t1\t2\tI always check to see which way classroom doors open, if they lock, if they can be easily barricaded. 12/3/2015 14:16:58\tOnce a year — on December 6, the anniversary of the shooting in 1989 at L'Ecole Polytechnique. That was one of two mass shootings involving students in Canada. The second, at Dawson College, was in 2006. There was also the Concordia massacre in which a professor shot and killed faculty in a faculty association office in 1992. So far, we can name them all without difficulty and count them on one hand in Canada, so I don't spend time worrying about that possibility. \tI don't worry, but as I am Canadian, I have less to worry about than you do.\tI'm tired of mourning for you crazy people every time I see news of another mass shooting in the US. I hope you can change but I have my doubts.\t1\t4\tI don't worry, but as I am Canadian, I have less to worry about than you do. 12/3/2015 14:18:34\tAt least weekly.\tYes. Recently at my university a professor of color was targeted for a course he teaches on 9/11 literature. I take a course with this professor and each class period I am in a heightened state of awareness. Will someone barge in with a gun? I prefer the door to remain closed and will close it if it's not. I know that won't protect us from a shooter but it puts me at ease.\tNationwide gun ban. Period.\t1\t2\tI prefer the door to remain closed and will close it if it's not. 12/3/2015 14:18:52\tEvery now and then. Not often.\tNo.\tI don't think about it frequently. Nevertheless, the thought does cross my mind every now and then. \t1\t4\tThe thought does cross my mind every now and then. 12/3/2015 14:20:58\tEvery time I hear about a shooting in the news, which seems to be just about every day. \tI have found myself thinking about the students in my classes, and if there is a chance that one of my students might be the next shooter. I feel somewhat hesitant to assign a failing grade to certain students. That has not changed my grading yet, but I think about it, and if presented with a student-situation that is of concern, it might change my behavior or grade assignment. \t\t1\t2\tI feel somewhat hesitant to assign a failing grade to certain students. 12/3/2015 14:21:06\tHonestly, the thought crosses my mind every few days. I have encountered a handful of odd/mentally unstable students over the past few years, and these students concern me. I don't know what these students are capable of, and my campus has limited availability of counselors or other mental health intervention measures. Every time a mass shooting occurs and is in the news, I worry that one of these unstable students will commit a copy cat crime.\tYes, my behavior is affected. I am more likely to report students who seem odd or angry or whose behavior seems unusual. I am less likely to fail students on assignments for fear of retaliation. I am also more likely to discuss the possibility of a mass shooting with my students at the beginning of the semester — so that students know how to react and what to do should such an event ever occur on our campus. I am also more likely to teach online classes.\tI hate that this is the world that we live in. I hate that this type of conversation needs to occur. And I hate that the possibility of a mass shooting at my campus is even a concern. I think our world needs fewer guns, more kindness and compassion, and more timely intervention for the mentally ill.\t1\t2\tI am less likely to fail students on assignments for fear of retaliation. 12/3/2015 14:21:42\tMaybe once or twice a month, hard for it not to cross your mind with shootings constantly in the news!\tNo, I don't actually feel at risk at all.\tI don't care for guns, but I don't think the prevalence of mass shootings is a gun control issue. Banning weapons might put a bandaid on the problem, but only an upheaval of capitalism and the implementation of a completely and fully democratic system will create a society where people won't be driven crazy or turn to religion for solace.\t1\t3\tI don't care for guns, but I don't think the prevalence of mass shootings is a gun control issue. 12/3/2015 14:23:00\tI think about it each time I hear about another mass shooting. However, while I think about it as a possibility, it doesn't really make me afraid. It probably should, but I am still guilty of thinking "it could happen here, but it probably wouldn't." \tNot really. We watch the Run. Hide. Fight. video yearly with our student staff, but that's about the only change. \tI'm definitely afraid of mass shootings, but I'm not afraid to go to work on a daily basis. I still feel safe on my campus and in my office, whether or not I should. \t1\t2\tI still feel safe on my campus and in my office, whether or not I should. 12/3/2015 14:23:01\tOnce a week.\tNot really, cuz what can we do?\tGun control. Now.\t1\t2\tGun control. Now. 12/3/2015 14:23:08\tMuch more often than I used to - every time a new mass shooting occurs, as well as whenever my Security Department sends an email or hosts a meeting about Active Shooter Protocol, which, lately, is at least once a week.\tI try not to let it. I do feel more anxious about the weird, asocial kids than I used to.\tI have spent sleepless nights weeping and wondering what I would do if a student or intruder turned a gun on me and my class - would I sacrifice myself to save the students? Would I even have the chance? Would my students try to save me? I don't like imagining my own kids growing up without me because of how easy it was for a disgruntled student to obtain a gun and then use it.
How can we have accepted this as a society?\t1\t2\tWould I sacrifice myself to save the students? Would I even have the chance? 12/3/2015 14:27:40\tI recognize that a shooting could happen anywhere — on campus, in a movie theater, at a shopping mall, at a concert. Anywhere there are large groups of people poses a risk.\tI still do what I think it right, but a voice in my head does wonder if a contentious conversation or a bad grade will turn into something ugly. I worry when my students start acting oddly, or don't show up to class. I am more likely to insist that a student go to counseling services (including walking with them to the clinic), rather than simply suggesting it. \tThis is a larger societal problem, not isolated to college campuses. Until we stop lobbyists controlling gun regulations (rather like the tobacco lobby did for decades), then this will not be solved.
I would never work somewhere that allowed guns on campus.\t1\t3\tA voice in my head does wonder if a contentious conversation or a bad grade will turn into something ugly. 12/3/2015 14:28:29\tI never have until last night during the San Bernardino shootings. I teach at the Claremont Colleges, which is approximately 20 miles from the Inland Regional Center where the shootings occurred. \tI am not actively worried about gun violence from students, so my behavior hasn't changed too much. However, I did take about 30 seconds out of my lecture today (I teach general chemistry, which does not lend itself very well to gun violence discussions) to remind my students to be kind to each other, and to be the good that this world needs. I would never have expressed that kind of sentiment before the recent events in San Bernardino, Umpqua, Paris, Planned Parenthood, etc. \t\t1\t3\tI am not actively worried about gun violence from students, so my behavior hasn't changed too much. 12/3/2015 14:28:39\tI think about it on a daily basis. There is only one exit from my office, no cell service, and no windows. I wouldn't be able to escape if someone was in our space with a weapon. Other than an emergency alert email, I don't know how I would know that there was a crisis on campus. I have large cabinets in my office and have cleared one out and made sure that I fit inside, in case I ever need to hide from an active shooter.\tI am much more aware of my space and surroundings. When I go to different locations on campus, I make sure to notice exits, lockable doors, and windows.\t\t1\t1\tI have large cabinets in my office and have cleared one out and made sure that I fit inside. 12/3/2015 14:29:37\tEvery day.\tYes. I always close my office door when it does not need to be open, close my classroom doors when I am teaching, and I know all of the exits out of the buildings that I teach in.\t\t1\t1\tI always close my office door when it does not need to be open. 12/3/2015 14:29:37\tFrequently.\tEvery time I teach in a new classroom, I think about how I would respond if there were an active shooter on campus. Where would my students and I hide or would we try to get to my office where we'd be able to barricade the door better?\t\t1\t1\tEvery time I teach in a new classroom, I think about how I would respond if there were an active shooter. 12/3/2015 14:30:05\tSometimes I think about it, especially when I'm in places where lots of people gather, like the libraries. I'm next door to a hospital where people can get emotional and do some crazy things. There have been a couple of serious threats on my campus this year too. \tI try to make sure I know where the exits are. I'm on a large campus with sprawling buildings, often visiting buildings that aren't routine to me. This makes an escape route more difficult.
I stay aware of those around me anyway, especially since I'm in a large metro area. \tI'm sorry I have to think about this as a professor and a parent of a child in college. I think arming people and allowing guns on campus is the wrong thing to do, even though my state seems hell bent on allowing it. Why would I want hundreds or thousands of young adults whose brains are not done developing yet to be carrying?
I'm also not pleased with the way my campus has decided not to alert faculty, staff and students on a number of occasions, or they have delayed alerting us. They are playing a political image game and I don't like it. \t1\t3\tWhy would I want hundreds or thousands of young adults whose brains are not done developing yet to be carrying? 12/3/2015 14:31:43\tRarely\tN/A\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 14:33:03\tI wouldn't say I feel fearful, but I do think about the possibility nearly every day when I first arrive to campus. I feel myself being much more vigilant and aware of my surroundings, but I try not to be 'suspicious' either. I didn't feel this way until this year (and I have been a professor for 12 years).\tI think about my 'plan', depending on if I am in my office or in a classroom. I think about protecting myself, and the safety of my students as well. I keep my office door open but locked, so that I can shut it quickly. I know where I plan to hide to protect myself from being shot as best as I can think is possible.\tMy 3 year old son is in the campus preschool, and I worry about his safety as well. Every day.\t1\t1\tI keep my office door open but locked, so that I can shut it quickly. 12/3/2015 14:33:04\tAlmost every time I see there was a mass shooting and there have been many this year. We had small incidents in the college that I work at but every time I see a gun related incident in the "crime alert report" we have I get nervous. It makes me think what if.....that happens while I am there. \tIt does affect my behavior and I always lock the door and I don't know why I do that because there is a big window at the door. I teach at 4:00 pm and after 4:30 there is no one around. The hallways are quiet and empty. There is no phone in the classroom, so I don't know how I will call security. I don't even know if there is a protocol we should follow. I don't know what I would do to protect my students if something like that happens. \t\t1\t2\tI don't even know if there is a protocol we should follow. I don't know what I would do to protect my students. 12/3/2015 14:33:16\tDaily.\tI work in the gun violence prevention movement, specifically dealing with "campus carry". I am also a PhD candidate who used to want to teach. I have done extensive research on the impact of concealed carry both in the public and on campus. I would say that I am less likely to teach once I am done with school. I have opted for private tutoring as a possible career. Because I am finishing up my degree, I do not spend much time on campus so therefore I am not sure how I would act on campus.\tI was held at gunpoint in my dorm as an undergraduate student in 1999. This happened two months prior to the Columbine tragedy. My situation was handled much like many of the sexual assault cases are today where the university protects the perpetrator and blames the victim. The perpetrator is still walking the streets.\t1\t1\tI am less likely to teach once I am done with school. I have opted for private tutoring as a possible career. 12/3/2015 14:33:27\tseldom to never--more when it is being blared all over the news\tdoes not affect my behavior\tI am at a small campus about 80 miles from the main campus and 30 from the other regional campus. The campus is located in a small town (fewer that 20,000 citizens). But I am not fearful when I visit the other campuses. \t1\t5 12/3/2015 14:40:59\tAlmost daily. Certainly weekly.\tI pay attention to my environment and think about escape routes. I worry about how to keep my students safe. When I think about emergency plans for my classroom, I worry about how to balance my duty to the safety of my students with my duty to my children (meaning, not orphaning them). I find myself checking Facebook with this in mind--so far it has been a quicker means of getting emergency information than my campus police's texts or emails. I don't prohibit phones and technology from my classroom. Notifications we might receive could potentially be life saving. \tI would like to see institutions and organizations relevant to higher education band together to demand gun control:e.g. The Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed, as well as the AAUP, individual institutions, etc.\t1\t2\tI don't prohibit phones and technology. ... Notifications we might receive could potentially be life saving. 12/3/2015 14:41:01\talmost never, due to its statistical insignificance\tThe main concern is gun violence brought about by increased access to guns on campuses. This is directly a by-product of intrusive, uninformed lawmakers ignoring counsel from their own college presidents, college faculty and staff, and law enforcement officials, and forcing colleges into becoming "weapons free zones". \tThe primary dangers of gun violence in the U.S. are the direct result of the sheer number of firearms (over 300 million) held by the general public. Statistically, when such a high number of dangerous weapons is readily available, it is a foregone conclusion that there will always be rare, but consistently rare, outbreaks of gun violence. \t1\t5 12/3/2015 14:41:59\tMaybe once per week.\tI have a CCW, and when I do think about gun violence I wish my campus would remove its policy that keeps me from protecting myself.\t\t1\t2\tI have a CCW, and ... I wish my campus would remove its policy that keeps me from protecting myself. 12/3/2015 14:41:59\tAlmost every week\tI am always more cautious and I have an escape plan for every situation/building I am in.\t\t1\t3\tI have an escape plan for every situation/building I am in. 12/3/2015 14:42:00\tEvery day on my way to work (at a large Flagship university in the South-East) and then at various times throughout the day, depending on where I am.\tWhen I am in a stairwell, or a lecture hall, or a classroom, I am always looking for where the exits are and try to keep the door in my field of view. I tend to take routes around campus that are not as heavily populated, usually without realizing that is what I am doing. I avoid large crowds, as a rule. \tSometimes I think that I am paranoid, and then something happens. Yesterday morning, for instance, we had a lockdown because someone reported seeing someone with an assault rifle going into the ROTC armory. No one was ever found. That didn't make me feel any safer. \t1\t1\tSometimes I think that I am paranoid, and then something happens. 12/3/2015 14:42:04\tDaily.\tI wouldn't say that it has impacted my actions yet, but when I say something in class that might be perceived as offensive to some of my more conservative, male students (of which I have a few) I wonder when one of them will go over the tipping point. Or when I hand back exams to these same kids and they've failed. I get a twinge of fear and nervousness that I never had before.\tWe just had a recent alum get arrested for shooting several folks at a black lives matter demonstration. It just didn't surprise me that this kid came from our university. There is this small but visible group of young, sullen males that seem to be in college for no other reason than to get the paper and a job that pays them the most possible they can earn with the least possible effort (my bias, but that's what they convey in their work ethic and attitude). It is this same group of kids that concern me in a conceal-carry state.\t1\t1\tWe just had a recent alum get arrested for shooting several folks at a black lives matter demonstration. 12/3/2015 14:42:05\tDaily. On June 1, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 11 which permits license holders to carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses beginning 1 August 2016. \tI'm on sabbatical, so no-- not this year. However (full disclosure: I'm a historian of the Arab world) I'm anxious at the idea of bringing speakers to campus, if that would mean inviting scholars into danger. What I'm thinking of doing is asking the local public library (where weapons are not allowed) to host such talks. \tA public university tenured me.
Private schools can simply opt out of the new law after consulting with campus stakeholders, which Texas Christian University, Rice, Trinity University, Paul Quinn College, and Southern Methodist University have done.
After my sabbatical is over, I've agreed to return to teaching for a year. I intend this to be my last year in Texas: I will 1/ apply for a Fulbright overseas (where I won't have to deal with this), and 2/ go on the job market. \t1\t1\tI intend this to be my last year in Texas. 12/3/2015 14:42:26\tI think about the possibility frequently. Probably once a week. \tI have started to be very cautious about the sort of feedback I give to students, as well as where I'm positioned in the classroom. I try to keep my doors shut, not open, during teaching. I also moved my desk so that my back isn't to the door of my office. \tThere's no real waiting period for guns in my state. We have a very diverse campus, and I'm honestly more concerned about the possibility of a white shooter than any other activity. With the mix of a growing international student population (not as a source of violence, but the target of it), very conservative think-tanks, and loose gun laws, it seems possible that there could be an incident.\t1\t2\tI have started to be very cautious about the sort of feedback I give to students. 12/3/2015 14:42:47\tWe had a shooting on my campus last year, and it's still discussed on campus and in the local news, so about once a month or so I think about it. It happened at night, so while it was upsetting to hear about, I wasn't directly affected because I wasn't on campus at the time.\tI don't worry about gun violence, but I do know what to do if something happens. I worry more about getting killed in a car accident on my short commute in to campus. \tIt's smart to pay attention to what's going on around you, whether you're on campus or at the local mall. \t1\t3\tI don't worry about gun violence, but I do know what to do if something happens. 12/3/2015 14:46:11\tMost days. \tIt is less of a worry, but more of a respect for reality and the personal responsibility I assume for my own safety and those around me. It affects my behavior by trying to maintain a higher level of awareness; such as not walking with my head down looking at my phone and not sitting with my back to the door. This is a practice I exercise everywhere, not just while working on college campus. I am not paranoid. I respect reality. However, I do feel more vulnerable working on a college campus because campus policies jeopardize my ability to defend myself, colleagues, students and others in the event of a mass shooting or any forcible felony while on campus or traveling to and from campus.\tSafety cannot be guaranteed. As adults (18 or older), we must recognize that our ultimate safety is no one’s responsibility but our own. This is not to be misinterpreted as any form of victim blaming.This is personal responsibility and the belief that life is precious, vulnerable and worthy of preservation.\t1\t2\tAs adults (18 or older), we must recognize that our ultimate safety is no one’s responsibility but our own. 12/3/2015 14:46:47\tQuite often. About once a week。\tYes. I like to keep my office door closed and locked if I can while at work in my office.\tNervous about safety on campus.\t1\t2\tI like to keep my office door closed and locked if I can while at work in my office. 12/3/2015 14:47:04\tEvery day. \tAbsolutely. I am less likely to confront students because I'm afraid of being shot. \tI'm passionate about what I do and I love my work, but it's not worth getting shot over a grade dispute. \t1\t1\tI'm passionate about what I do and I love my work, but it's not worth getting shot over a grade dispute. 12/3/2015 14:48:06\tI think about it regularly, especially in the wake of all mass shootings. Not just those in education settings.\tI do not believe it does affect my behavior in the moment, but it would be a lie to say that if I have a conversation with a student or staff member that becomes heated, etc, that I do not think it could be a possibility that some form of violence could happen. \t \t1\t2\tI think about it regularly, especially in the wake of all mass shootings. Not just those in education settings. 12/3/2015 14:50:40\tDaily. \tYes. It keeps me always aware, and makes me do my job with all of my heart. To never know if I could be the person who gets in the way and has the opportunity to support the right student at the right time. \t\t1\t1\tIt keeps me always aware ... to never know if I could be the person who gets in the way. 12/3/2015 14:52:11\tMaybe not every day, but at least weekly. My institution is located in Texas, and we are preparing for the fall 2016 implementation of Texas' new "concealed carry on campus" law, so this topic weighs heavily on my mind. Seeing mass shootings in the news often brings up the thought. \tYes, it does. I am less likely to want students to visit me privately in my office, and more likely to plan meetings in open public areas. I'm also more likely to handle situations of confrontation or conflict with a more delicate, "tip-toeing" attitude, because I fear retaliation from students involved in those conflicts. Educators, especially in higher education, are supposed to do more than simply spew information; we are supposed to help students develop their understanding of the world, gain maturity, and learn life lessons. But how we can successfully teach them the consequences of their actions--whether that means confronting and failing a student for cheating or plagiarism, refusing to allow a tardy student to take an exam, or otherwise--when we fear that the confrontation involved may actually threaten our safety and our lives? \tI realize I'm narrowing my focus here to just my state, but honestly -- Texas legislators need to be made to understand that an increase of guns on campus does not make anyone safer, and in fact makes educators feel more threatened. \t1\t2\tI am less likely to want students to visit me privately in my office. 12/3/2015 14:53:12\tEvery other day or so.\tYes, I often keep my office door mostly closed rather than wide open.\t\t1\t2\tYes, I often keep my office door mostly closed rather than wide open. 12/3/2015 14:53:41\tOnce a week\tNo - there's no way to plan for such a thing\t\t1\t2\tThere's no way to plan for such a thing. 12/3/2015 14:54:53\tFrequently\tI oppose campus-carry laws\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 14:57:28\tAt least every couple months\tYes, I try to be more diligent in being aware of my surroundings and anyone who may look suspicious. I also get nervous sometimes when an unknown person comes into our office or walks by my office. \tOur campus recently had a shelter in place warning when a reported armed person was on campus. I was very nervous and wanted to just be away from here. However, I found it quite surprising how nonchalantly some of my other coworkers took this warning. I have worked in HE for over 10 years and with each job, this very issue has been a small but always underlying reason why I've wanted to move to another field. I just don't feel like it's a safe environment anymore. With campuses being so open to anyone, you don't know what could happen and with students and the world seemingly hypersensitive to everything nowadays, it has become even more troublesome. I am leaving HE soon and am looking forward to not having this source of anxiety to worry about. \t1\t3\tThis very issue has been a small but always underlying reason why I've wanted to move to another field. 12/3/2015 14:58:14\tdaily\tyes - it causes fear when giving bad grades or failing exams because you worry what may happen\t\t1\t1\tIt causes fear when giving bad grades or failing exams because you worry what may happen. 12/3/2015 15:01:15\tEvery day. I teach at a very diverse campus with students from many different backgrounds. I always considered this to be a good thing. But, now I worry that any clash of perspectives that naturally arises from different people coming together and exchanging their views could easily erupt into violence or other forms of antagonism on campus. I worry about muslim students being targeted, I worry about campus activists being targeted, I worry about peaceful assemblies of students being targeted. In my own classrooms, I am concerned that what were once minor disagreements over grades or enforcement of attendance policies now might make not just me but my entire classroom a target of violent aggression, or that the same disagreements going on in the classroom next to mine are also putting me and my students in jeopardy. All of this occurs on top of normal security measures that you have to take on campus--not leaving your personal belongings out for someone to take, staying aware of your surroundings when walking to your car late at night, or ensuring additional parties are present for particularly contentious student meetings. It all just feels very out of control and scary.\tI now keep my door closed and locked except when I have office hours or am expecting a visitor. I try to avoid places on campus where students gather. I try to have a plan for how I might hide in or run from any place I'm in. I always keep my cell phone with me. Next semester, I will be developing an emergency action plan with my students where we identify our classroom's nearby exits and discuss what our plan will be in the event of an emergency. \tI wish that my campus--and possibly all campuses, though I don't know how much this varies--were more proactive in giving strategies to professors for what to do in the event of a shooting. It is crazy to me that I am required to attend all kinds of training on HR policies and procedures that I'll never use, but the campus is completely silent regarding what to do to keep myself and my students safe in the event that a shooting happens on our campus. Considering that universities are an explicit, known target in this current climate, I feel that they should take on the responsibility of at least helping us prepare to keep ourselves and our students as safe as possible.
Specifically, I'd like to see: a campus-wide action plan for an active shooter on our campus; training and information available to students, staff, and faculty on that plan and what we should do in the event of an incident on campus; building- and space-specific plans for what to do in the event of a shooting or other incident that are communicated and available to everyone; possibly even emergency packs (with water and first aid supplies), phones, or other communications systems in classrooms that would allow us to shelter-in-place or be notified about an incident on campus should something happen.
Of course there are plenty of things that need to be done on a larger level to help prevent these things from happening. But, in the meantime, if something like this happens on your campus, no one seems to know what to do, and that is just crazy to me.\t1\t1\tNext semester, I will be developing an emergency action plan with my students. 12/3/2015 15:01:21\tI am concerned about the possibility of a mass shooting due in part to the institution that I work for. I work for a major for-profit university that has suffered with never-ending negative press despite the advances and improvements that we continue to make. I think about the possibility of a shooting on almost a daily basis from either a disgruntled former or current student as well as a former or current disgruntled employee.\tI tend to change my parking habits and my daily routines so as to not forms patterns in my everyday life at work. I periodically change where I park and when and which door I enter my building from. I avoid large gatherings and the cafeteria. Having retired from the military recently, I have also caught myself forming plans in the event of a campus shooting; where might I hide, how would I get out, how to I get my friends and coworkers out... Being former military, I also work with many staff members who are former and currently serving in the national Guard and Reserves. I am also concerned that if in the event of a campus shooting, I would feel personally obligated to protect myself and others by doing what I can to fight back. In doing so, my concerns about campus shooting also include being charged with legal action by merely defending myself.\tI feel that as a society, many are conditioned to remain passive in the event of a campus or mass shooting event. I feel that if the opportunity exists, those that have the ability to defend themselves and others should do so without fear of criminal actions until law enforcement personnel arrive.\t1\t2\tThose that have the ability to defend themselves and others should do so without fear of criminal actions. 12/3/2015 15:03:03\t\t\tI'm not worried at all. I am sure there will be a "good guy with a gun" to protect me.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:03:57\tOnce a week or so. My office is on the first floor of the library and it's quite accessible. This summer we had a man run through the library claiming he had a gun. He turned out to just be crazy, but it was frightening. \tAfter that incident I made a personal shelter-in-place plan, and I practice it every couple of weeks. I want it to be automatic behavior if, God forbid, there is a real active shooting situation.\tWe're an hour's drive away from Roseburg and UCC and even at our university act like that event has fallen out of memory. I feel like our institutions should be advocates for gun control in this out-of-control society. The classroom is a space of vulnerability for all who are in it, and that deserves the best protection our society can muster.\t1\t2\tI made a personal shelter-in-place plan, and I practice it every couple of weeks. 12/3/2015 15:04:03\tAlmost never\t\tMy campus allows concealed carry. If there was a problem, we could defend ourselves. \t1\t5\tMy campus allows concealed carry. If there was a problem, we could defend ourselves. 12/3/2015 15:04:38\tIt probably crosses my mind at least once a week anymore.\tOnly in the sense that I pay more attention to places in my building (the library) where I might seek shelter, think more about possible escape routes as I walk through my building, etc.\tI'm a senior administrator (dean level) on my campus and I worry that we don't do enough training here for how to deal with active shooter scenarios. Do other schools have ongoing training programs? If so, what do they include?\t1\t2\tI worry that we don't do enough training here for how to deal with active shooter scenarios. 12/3/2015 15:05:55\t\t\tI'm on a paperclip webinar right now about this topic. Very helpful. I feel less afraid after hearing some good ways to address fear on my campus. In the end we need to help each other.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:06:39\tRarely.\tSometimes, though it does not affect my behavior.\tI would feel safer if holders of concealed carry permits were allowed to bring firearms onto my campus. As it is right now a potential shooter knows that nobody is armed on campus. We should have the same right to defend ourselves on campus as we do across the street from campus.\t1\t4\tWe should have the same right to defend ourselves on campus as we do across the street. 12/3/2015 15:08:02\tDaily!\tYes, I check my surroundings much more frequently and try to be vigilant when I am in a crowd of people\tI work in a library on a college campus and it is very open. There isn't much we can do to protect ourselves if an active shooter came to the library.\t1\t1\tI check my surroundings much more frequently and try to be vigilant when I am in a crowd of people 12/3/2015 15:08:20\tEach time I hear about a shooting in the news\tIt causes me to be more aware of my surroundings, I'm reluctant to work alone in my building especially after dark, and it causes me to think twice before roaming around the campus.\t\t1\t2\t I'm reluctant to work alone in my building especially after dark. 12/3/2015 15:08:33\tWhenever you hear about them in the news it definitely brings it to the forefront of my mind. Beyond that, working at an urban institution, thoughts and concerns regarding safety are always present in some capacity\tI try not to let it. That being said, I think it would be naive of me to say that I don't find myself occasionally on alert, or overly aware of my surroundings.\t\t1\t2\t I think it would be naive of me to say that I don't find myself occasionally on alert. 12/3/2015 15:09:25\tA few times a month.\tI have taken the active killer training and think about what kind of exit plan I would need for myself and my students if there were an on-campus incident.\tWhile I don't really think that it's likely that I will experience a mass shooting at school, I also think it is possible and have had several experiences where I was genuinely concerned enough the possibility of a violent incident to ask the campus police to have an officer on standby in a building and checking in regularly on a classroom after a student who had a pattern of inappropriate behavior sent an indirectly threatening email to me or to one of my instructors.\t1\t3\tI have taken the active killer training and think about what kind of exit plan I would need... 12/3/2015 15:11:05\tnever\t\tStatistically, it is incredibly unlikely that I or anyone I know will be picked off in a campus shooting. I wish my students would calmly and rationally grasp this as well, but they do tend to either get afraid and worry, or take advantage of the fear and try to get out of class when there are threats.\t1\t5\tMy students...take advantage of the fear and try to get out of class when there are threats. 12/3/2015 15:11:35\tNever.\tN/A\tGuns are not the problem. Guns do not kill people, people kill people. Guns are just used as a tool and if someone wants to kill anyone and no gun is available they can find other ways.\t1\t5\tGuns are not the problem. Guns do not kill people, people kill people. 12/3/2015 15:11:42\tNot worried about it but prepared. \tNot worried, my behavior is not going to play an issue in fact it may scare the shooter. \tAs a veteran, and firearms instructor, as well as a student at a local college I see the security faults my campus has. Locks can only be locked from the hallway, cctv cameras are minimal, and there is no evacuation plan implemented for any emergency situation to include storms. \t1\t5\tAs a veteran...as well as a student at a local college, I see the security faults my campus has. 12/3/2015 15:11:43\tOccasionally, after a large-scale event.\tI do look at my classrooms for exit routes, but I do that for other possible emergencies (fire, weather, etc.).\tMy state doesn't have a mandatory carry on campus law, and I hope it never does. I am far more worried about accidents and, especially suicides, if students were allowed to carry guns on campus. \t1\t3\tI am far more worried about accidents and, especially suicides, if students were allowed to carry guns on campus. 12/3/2015 15:11:52\tweekly\tI worry for the students and staff and for their safety. I am more aware of outsiders on campus (non students/staff)\t\t1\t2\tI worry for the students and staff and for their safety. I am more aware of outsiders on campus. 12/3/2015 15:11:58\tNever\tNo, I do not worry about gun violence on my campus.\tI teach at a small, private, select liberal arts college. I don't think that the odds of a campus shooting are very high here. Obviously, there is a small chance, but I believe that given our environment that the chances are very slim and not worth worrying about.\t1\t5\tI teach at a small, private, select liberal arts college...the chances are very slim and not worth worrying about. 12/3/2015 15:12:07\tI think about it all the time. Not just a shooting, but also bombings and stabbings.\tI am well trained and I always carry...\tForget about No Weapons Policies; they're worthless. They're just as worthless as restraining orders. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:12:12\tOccasionally\tI have a plan in mind should there ever be an active shooter on campus. I first did this after the shooting at WV Tech. I was at a different institution where I felt the building offered rather poor protection. Now I am more isolated and would likely have more warning. \tI teach in a very red state with a high percentage of residents owning (often multiple) guns. Thus far guns are not allowed on campus. I have said the moment that changes, I am leaving this job. \t1\t3\tThus far guns are not allowed on campus. I have said the moment that changes, I am leaving this job. 12/3/2015 15:12:15\tOften \tYes, I minimize my time in the gun free zone \tI fail to see the difference between carrying on the public side of the street versus the campus side. \t1\t2\tAs a...firearms instructor, as well as a student at a local college, I see the security faults my campus has. 12/3/2015 15:12:29\tNever\tNo\tThis kind of survey just encourages the batshit crazy, according to me.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:12:32\tRarely.\tI stay alert.\tI wish I was allowed to carry concealed on campus, as I do elsewhere.\t1\t4\tI wish I was allowed to carry concealed on campus, as I do elsewhere. 12/3/2015 15:12:33\tI teach a course on rhetorics and/of school shootings, so I think about it nearly all the time. I work hard to de-escalate my students' fears, despite the fact that there was a shooting on our campus, one that has been, rightly, almost forgotten.\tI work hard to listen carefully and reason collaboratively with my students that they are much more likely to suffer from sexual assault and other kinds of interpersonal violence than they are a mass shooting.\tI taught a course called "The UT Tower and Public Memory" at UT Austin for several years, which is how I started doing research into the relationship between rhetoric and violence.
Media coverage of public violence is a large part of the problem and why school shootings and other public violence are spreading like a disease.
You are asking for fears and anxieties; reason is equally important.\t1\t1\tYou are asking for fears and anxieties; reason is equally important. 12/3/2015 15:12:38\tEvery time I hear about a shooting, whether it's on a campus or off. Each incident is a reminder of how vulnerable both students and staff really are.\tI find myself wanting to look more at policy for emergency situations, and looking for "unsafe" points of entry on campus.\t\t1\t2\tEach incident is a reminder of how vulnerable both students and staff really are. 12/3/2015 15:13:18\tI do not think about the possibility of a mass shooting on my campus very often.
I have had to think about it lately because of the ill-conceived campus carry law that comes into effect in August 2016. I suspect that the mass shootings that have taken place in the past year have put that concern into more people's minds, However, in the grander scheme of things, I do not spend much time thinking about it. (Of course, seeing surveys about mass shootings does raise uncomfortable awareness.)\tI do not worry about it much. I have no control over the behavior of others. If a mass shooting were to occur on the campus where I work, it would be scary and there would probably be senseless killing. I can only hope it does not happen. I do think there should be tighter gun control, but disturbed people who want to kill or hurt others can be pretty determined individuals.\tGood luck with your survey. Try not to think about guns and mass shootings too much over the Christmas and/or Hanukkah holidays.\t1\t4\t ...Disturbed people who want to kill or hurt others can be pretty determined individuals. 12/3/2015 15:13:34\tEvery day. With the attention the media gives to shooters, I feel like more young people in desperate situations might see it as a way to get attention.\tI am alert and watchful when moving around campus, especially in crowded areas. \tI left my job at a community college in suburban New England after one too many scares. Having the SWAT team rushing through campus one day and an ex-student intercepted another day when he came to campus with long guns in his trunk to kill a dean pushed me over the edge. It's just not worth it anymore. You can't work in an environment like that.
Everyone I know in higher ed has stories of near-misses, valid threats, students narrowly stopped before carrying out plans...I didn't sign up for that. And what's really wild is, people talk about these things like it's nothing. We've reached a point in America where mass shootings are such a cultural norm that you're the odd one if you say you worry about them. This is not normal. We need to change this.
(I don't think my name is attached to this form, but if so, please don't use it.)\t1\t1\tEveryone I know in higher ed has stories of near-misses, valid threats...I didn't sign up for that. 12/3/2015 15:13:36\tDaily.\tI became aware of my surroundings at all times and always looked for emergency escape routes and hiding spots whenever I entered new rooms. I avoided our longest hallway that had no easy way out or spots to shelter. I would only meet with students in open areas, with other staff around.\t\t1\t1\tI would only meet with students in open areas, with other staff around. 12/3/2015 15:13:51\tAt least once a week - sometimes more.\tI work in the library and sometimes get scared to go into the main public areas like the Learning Commons. The Learning Commons in the Library is a busy crowded space, and it seems like a place on campus where a shooter might come if they wanted to kill a lot of people quickly. I think about where I could hide or how I could escape if we had a shooter in the library. I have added the UMass Police phone number to the home screen of my cell phone just in case.\tThis seems to be happening so often now, I fear it is almost inevitable that at some point during my career we will have a campus shooter and the thought of that is terrifying.\t1\t2\tI fear it is almost inevitable that at some point during my career we will have a campus shooter. 12/3/2015 15:13:53\tYes\tYes, I avoid high target density spots.\tIf I could carry my own gun there would be no reason to fear a mass shooting.\t1\t2\tIf I could carry my own gun there would be no reason to fear a mass shooting. 12/3/2015 15:14:03\tI think about it all the time with all the things happening all over the country and this new overly sensitive culture we have, anything can set anyone off.\tI do worry, but I live my life. I try not to offend anyone, but I refuse to live in fear. If you live in fear evil wins. \tI would feel a lot more comfortable if I was allowed to carry my legally obtained hand gun of which I am licensed by the state to carry on campus. I support the police, but they are a reactionary force that take a minimum of 5 minutes to get on scene. A lot can happen in 5 minutes. \t1\t1\tPolice...are a reactionary force that take a minimum of 5 minutes to get on scene. A lot can happen in 5 minutes. 12/3/2015 15:14:14\tEvery day. \tI am actively voicing my concerns to my administration. I believe that not enough is being done at my campus to educate staff and students in safety procedures and protocols in the event that an active shooter is on campus.\t\t1\t1\tI am actively voicing my concerns to my administration. 12/3/2015 15:14:17\tDon't go to college.\tI would imagine I'd be aware of my exits and carry my concealed handgun.\tI am not fond of the idea of being unarmed and knowing at any time I may be at the mercy of a psychopath on the other end of a barrel. I'd rather have my own barrel to defend myself, my classmates and teacher and come home to my wife.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:14:19\tI think about it in the same terms of safety in all areas of my life. The reality is that it happens. However, I do not obsess or worry more than other issues.\tI have taken the ALICE training offered on campus and I keep my doors shut/locked during class. My university has automatically locking doors. I also do a brief discussion with each class at the beginning of the semester to discuss what to do in the case of an intruder or emergency. \tI have been aware for several years and am fortunate to work on a campus that has been proactive in training faculty and raising awareness.\t1\t3\tI think about it in the same terms of safety in all areas of my life. The reality is that it happens. 12/3/2015 15:14:35\tI think of it pretty much every time I hear about another mass shooting *anywhere*, not just on another campus. Which is to say, at least weekly and often daily, these days; and that is a horrible thing to have to say.\tI've gone through several trainings on what to do in the event of there being an active shooter on campus. I try to be aware most of the time of where there are doors and exits from rooms and buildings. I remind my own staff a couple of times a year of what needs to happen if there is a warning of an active shooter.\tThere is NO excuse for allowing guns on campus, with the exception of trained law enforcement personnel. NONE. The presence of guns makes everyone less safe and has a chilling effect on all discourse and interaction, since no one can know if the person they're talking with is armed, might take offense at something, and might pull out a gun. Every campus security/police person I have ever talked to says the same, and they are the ones who should know. If they come into a situation and see guns in the hands of several people, they have to assume that *everyone* with a gun is a bad guy and react accordingly. Permitting guns thus only escalates situations, it does not make anyone safer.\t1\t2\tThe presence of guns makes everyone less safe and has a chilling effect on all discourse and interaction... 12/3/2015 15:14:37\tOften, as I am reminded by the near-daily news reports of shootings. Also, our university is grappling with implementing legislation to permit concealed carry into campus buildings; we have had concealed carry on the campus outdoors for the past 20 years without incident but the change to allow indoor carry has stirred up much debate and fear.\tI try to remain calm about what is most likely a minimal risk as I go about my daily life. I do believe that we need gun law reform to keep guns out of the hands of unstable and criminal individuals.\tThe amount of misinformation about current law that has been shared by our faculty, staff and students during our campus debates surrounding implementation of the new on-campus concealed carry legislation is astounding and disheartening. I am disappointed that so many people in our higher education community have formed opinions that have no basis in reality -- the lack of critical thinking on display is appalling.\t1\t2\tI am disappointed that so many people...have formed opinions that have no basis in reality. 12/3/2015 15:14:38\tI think it is always a possibility, although not a very likely one, but since most prohibit trained, law abiding citizens from defending themselves it is a concern.\tsince most prohibit trained, law abiding citizens from defending themselves i am always looking for a way to use an improvised weapon or be near a door so I can get to safety if I need to. \tsince most prohibit trained, law abiding citizens from defending themselves i think we should change the laws. \t1\t3\tI am always looking for a way to use an improvised weapon or be near a door so I can get to safety if I need to 12/3/2015 15:14:38\tI don't. \tIt doesn't.\tI am in far more danger of injury or death on my commute to and from the campus than I am from a mass shooting here. Such shootings are appalling, of course. But I'm more likely to win the lottery than I am to die in a hail of bullets here on campus, or elsewhere.\t1\t5\tI'm more likely to win the lottery than I am to die in a hail of bullets here on campus, or elsewhere. 12/3/2015 15:14:40\tI can't quantify it, but any time I hear about a shooting incident such as Planned Parenthood or on a college campus, or the recent Paris attacks, I think about it. Whenever I come across an article talking about gun laws or safety or if anyone says anything whatsoever related to the topic, I think about it.\tYes. As social media coordinator for one of the campus entities, I frequently re-post articles, opinions, and other related pieces of the day about shooting and terrorism in order to raise awareness and hopefully encourage more outspoken opponents to campus carry.\t\t1\t2\tI frequently re-post articles...about shooting and terrorism in order to raise awareness. 12/3/2015 15:14:44\tI think it is about average\tI do not worry - so it does not affect my behavior\tWe have the same percentage of crazies that any school has but I think that we have some good self-monitoring and mental health services as well as a number of faculty who will mentor struggling students. I don't think Merced College is important enough to draw attention from out of town.\t1\t3\tWe have the same percentage of crazies that any school has but...faculty who will mentor struggling students. 12/3/2015 15:15:01\tAll the time, but not in a negative way. Just having more situational awareness.\tNot really, again just more sensitive to thIngs out of place and anticipating "what if."\tIn technical terms it sucks. But what are the alternatives?\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:15:02\tEvery day.\tYes. I mentally prepare a plan of action.\tCampus carry and ALICE training should be on college campuses for both faculty and students. Let us plan, train and drill. \t1\t1\tLet us plan, train and drill. 12/3/2015 15:15:06\tAbout once a week.\tIt doesn't, because my university won't allow me to carry a firearm to protect myself. \tWe need fewer 'gun-free zones.'\t1\t2\tWe need fewer 'gun-free zones.' 12/3/2015 15:15:09\tEvery day.\tYes. I mentally prepare a plan of action.\tCampus carry and ALICE training should be on college campuses for both faculty and students. Let us plan, train and drill. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:15:17\tWeekly.\tI am concerned about it, so I am more aware of my surroundings.\tMany academic buildings were designed and constructed decades ago, and thus were not designed with the modern security issues in mind. With declining resources and budgets, modifications to these buildings are going to be few to none.
\t1\t2\tMany academic buildings...were not designed with the modern security issues in mind. 12/3/2015 15:15:29\tEvery time a shooting happens elsewhere, I think about the possibility. At my school, UNC, we had a sighting of someone with a gun yesterday and there was a lockdown. My family members and friends who heard about it on the news texted me frantically checking on my location and safety. Eventually the school gave the all-clear, and classes resumed. It was the second time in a couple weeks that there was a lockdown for threats or a risk of violence. \tI live off campus and all of my classes are in one building. I have no desire to walk around the rest of campus unnecessarily because it feels like I'm more at risk in crowded spaces. I get in and get out as soon as possible. \tIt's tragic that attending college can be such a traumatic experience due to rampant threats of violence. Media outlets are busy chastising students for our seemingly "coddled" and "narcissistic" demands for safe spaces (I frequently read those opinion pieces on your website, in fact), while ignoring the larger consequences of secondary trauma from constant exposure to mass shootings and a real and ever-present threat of violence. Every time I go to a movie theater, the mall, concerts, or any large public gatherings, I look for exits and mentally make an escape plan. If I'm with my partner, I discuss it with her as well. I always stay near a door and at the edge of a crowd in case I need to get out quickly. No other generation in America has had to live with this constant fear of random violence. And college administrators have the nerve to complain about the rise of mental health issues in their students and how it's "not their jobs" to deal with trauma on campus. Whose job is it, exactly? Diminishing or trivializing the very real effects of daily exposure to random shootings isn't being part of the solution. \t1\t2\tIt's tragic that attending college can be such a traumatic experience due to rampant threats of violence 12/3/2015 15:15:30\tEvery day.\tI plan escape routes, and think of things like how I could bar the door.\tMy university has communicated NOTHING about what to do in the event of an active shooter. Also, none of the faculty have keys to classroom doors, so we can't lock the door if necessary.\t1\t1\tMy university has communicated NOTHING about what to do in the event of an active shooter. 12/3/2015 15:15:31\tNone\tNot really from probability is really low of happening in a campus I had other things with higher risk like walking on the dark to my apartament at night.\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:15:59\tAlmost never when I'm actually on campus; it feels like a 'closed system' while I'm there, surrounded by fellow students focused on that world. But off campus the possibility becomes, in my mind, an actual possibility - no matter how small the chances may be. \tWorry isn't the word I'd use to describe my thoughts. Aware of the possibility, but not focused on it. So it does not affect my behavior, because I carry that awareness everywhere. A college campus is an unsecured location, like every other place I go. \t\t1\t5\tA college campus is an unsecured location, like every other place I go. 12/3/2015 15:16:19\tOccasionally\tNot worried about gun violence in general, since it is a small risk. I am worried about not having effective means to defend myself in the event I do happen to be that small statistic that is suddenly placed into a violent situation\tI believe that both fears of a campus shooting and fears of someone acting wrongly while doing campus carry are overblown. Both risks are small, and concealed carriers have proven to be a good law abiding group of people.
\t1\t3\tI am worried about not having effective means to defend myself in the event I do happen to be that small statistic 12/3/2015 15:16:25\tNever\tNA\tOur campus is in New Orleans. Even if there were to be an incident, it would still likely be the safe place in the City.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:16:35\tVery little. \tNo. Always pay attention and make the right choices for any instance. \tCampuses are easy targets for those who are both crazy and cowardly. \t1\t4\tCampuses are easy targets for those who are both crazy and cowardly. 12/3/2015 15:16:36\tEvery time a shooting is in the news and/or laws like the one in TX are passed and discussed (i.e., a lot!)\tI consider course content and approach it a bit differently. It seems like anyone can be on the edge and you never know what will be the catalyst for a tragedy. \t\t1\t2\tIt seems like anyone can be on the edge and you never know what will be the catalyst for a tragedy. 12/3/2015 15:16:47\tI don't waste my time thinking about it. I know my university is planning to implement a program to deal with "active shooters" and that I am on the list to go through the training. I've been reassured that I won't have to handle a gun during this training, which is fortunate, because I am fairly certain I would shoot myself in the foot, if not someone else.\tI've thought about good hiding spots in all my usual places that I occupy on campus. I also take note of how to lock doors. \tGuns should not be allowed on campus. Assault weapons need to be banned everywhere. Additionally, the federal government needs to fund studies on gun usage and gun control. \t1\t3\tGuns should not be allowed on campus. Assault weapons need to be banned everywhere 12/3/2015 15:16:55\tMore so now than before but I also think about mass shooting in theaters, music events, train stations, etc. anywhere large numbers of people gather.\tI try to stay aware of my surroundings no matter where I go.\t\t1\t2\tI also think about mass shooting in theaters, music events, train stations...where large numbers of people gather. 12/3/2015 15:17:00\tTwice per week\tI consider holding office hours in public spaces and sometimes refuse to meet with students in my office. I have taken softer stances on issues with students who I interpret might be a threat. \t\t1\t2\tI have taken softer stances on issues with students who I interpret might be a threat. 12/3/2015 15:17:20\tevery day.\tyes. I will be careful about going outside, and be vigilant of surrounding as always. \tI feel that not having secure borders and having leadership that does not care about our country and making fighting terrorism their main priority will only result in the bloodshed of many more innocent Americans. \t1\t1\tI will be careful about going outside 12/3/2015 15:17:21\tI think about the possibility of a mass shooting on my campus every time there is a mass shooting in the news. So, pretty often.\t\tI don't feel safe at work. There are no metal detectors anywhere, and anyone (and I mean anyone) can just walk into our buildings when they are open. It feels like it's just a matter of time until it happens here, and I wonder if I'll be on campus when it does or if I'll be away at lunch or at a off-campus meeting, home sick, etc.
\t1\t2\tIt feels like it's just a matter of time until it happens here 12/3/2015 15:17:25\tEveryday I'm on campus \tWhen the door opens during class I look to see who it is. I ok around as I walk on campus. \tI have a conceal carry license, I train and know proper safety. It's a huge responsibility owning and carrying a weapon not everyone is prepared for. But as a law abiding citizen my weapon has to stay in the safe if my car while I'm on campus. And I feel like a sitting duck in class and I have no way to protect myself or my classmates. I want to make it home to my husband and daughters and I sometimes doubt that may happen. \t1\t1\tMy weapon has to stay in the safe in my car while I'm on campus. And I feel like a sitting duck in class. 12/3/2015 15:17:32\tI don't think about it until we have training or drills for it.\tI'd avoid campus and any other place that limits my ability to defend myself by not allowing me to carry my own firearm.\tAs a single woman, personal safety and self defense are frequently on my mind. I'm less concerned about a mass shooter than I am about a rapist or home invasion robbery. I've taken training in martial arts and shooting to learn how to protect myself from attackers who are likely to be larger and stronger than myself. I couldn't stop a 300 lb attacker, but my carry pistol can if it doesn't scare him away first and make him leave me alone for easier prey.\t1\t3\tI'm less concerned about a mass shooter than I am about a rapist or home invasion robbery. 12/3/2015 15:17:35\tHardly ever -- even while such shootings elsewhere are still alive in the news.\tI don't so it doesn't.\tThese events are apparently so random and sudden that there's little any person can do about it beyond being aware of floor plans -- so why waste energy worrying?\t1\t4\tThese events are apparently so random and sudden... Why waste energy worrying? 12/3/2015 15:17:38\tNot very often but the possibility has crossed my mind a few times. \tI bought a trauma first aid kit that I keep in my car, learned where all the first aid kits are in the building I have my classes in. I have contacted my representatives asking them to allow those of us with valid concealed carry permits to be allowed to carry on campus. I carry a knife everywhere I go. \t\t1\t3\tI carry a knife everywhere I go. 12/3/2015 15:17:42\tnever\tN/A\tThese are isolated instances and while they happen from time to time historically, the reasons why are somewhat different from era to era and they remain something that 99,9+% of us will not have to deal with. I do however believe that a university administration has to think about them and deal with the possibility. This is not my role and I have confidence that, in my situation, we will either not face the problem or if we do our police will deal with it in a professional manner\t1\t5\tWe will either not face the problem or, if we do, our police will deal with it in a professional manner 12/3/2015 15:17:54\tNever\t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:18:38\tAlmost on a weekly basis now. \tYes. Since I have a glass wall, I had them reposition my desk so that I at least have a place to hide out of view, though that could easily be shot through. I have tried to bring this and the question of what to do with students in the building I was in charge of but am told not to worry about it because it won't happen at our school. It is maddening. \tI am sick of being ignored about this. I wish this was part of the US World and News Report ranking process (category or student safety including active shooter training and shelter from natural disasters: tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes, etc, whatever is relevant for the area)? Maybe if it were tied to rankings the upper admins would be interested in being proactive. \t1\t2\t I wish this was part of the U.S. World and News Report ranking process 12/3/2015 15:18:39\tPrimarily when there is another incident \tI am more observant about who is in the building, the demeanor of the students, possible issues, etc.\tIt is a sad world when "Mock Active Shooter" drills are common place on college campuses.\t1\t2\tIt is a sad world when "Mock Active Shooter" drills are common place on college campuses. 12/3/2015 15:18:47\tAt the moment, daily.\tBeing more watchful than in the past. \tI am afraid of the movement toward expanding the permission to openly carry weapons on college campuses. I do not like the prospect of living in a world where gunfights can break out readily and I feel this is the wrong direction for our country. I wish all guns and gun sales would be banned...such as I hear it is in Australia.\t1\t1\tI do not like the prospect of living in a world where gunfights can break out readily. 12/3/2015 15:19:23\t\t\tGun-free campuses are shooting galleries. Campus carry makes criminals think twice, and forces psychopathic killers to go elsewhere for their media fame and body count.\t1\t5\tGun-free campuses are shooting galleries. 12/3/2015 15:19:51\tAlways\tYes...always cautious\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:19:56\tNever\tNo\tMass shootings can happen anywhere. I do think proper planning and training are a must- but I also think there is too much emphasis on the fear portion.\t1\t5\tProper planning and training are a must, but I also think there is too much emphasis on the fear. 12/3/2015 15:20:17\tAlmost every day.\tI get hypervigilant and stay really aware of my surroundings. I wish that students and staff could have guns to fight back. It's happened in shootings off campus, where someone with a gun stopped a shooting. Why can't we have that same chance at survival?\tStudents in off campus apartments are allowed to have guns and nobody gets hurt. Why can't they have them on campus? Are they really more likely to be drunk and reckless in a classroom than in their own apartment?\t1\t2\tStudents in off-campus apts. are allowed to have guns and nobody gets hurt. Why can't they have them on campus? 12/3/2015 15:20:28\tI think about the possibility of a shooting on our theological school's campus weekly--especially in the aftermath of mass shooting such as in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino.\tIt makes me more determined to lobby against legislation in my state legislature to allow concealed carry of firearms at higher education institutions. I will contact all the state officials that I must to argue against such legislation.\tI would not feel comfortable speaking in a classroom in which students carried firearms. I think it is a huge mistake by conservatives to believe that gun violence can be prevented by "good guys" with guns to shoot "bad guys." No amount of target range practice can prepare someone to be ready and shoot straight if a violent event suddenly occurs. See Gail Collins op-ed piece in the August 25, 2012 New York Times.\t1\t2\tI would not feel comfortable speaking in a classroom in which students carried firearms. 12/3/2015 15:20:33\tVary seldom.\tI don't worry\tI do everything possible to promote a positive work environment and fully trust that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can take care of any situation. And if I die or am maimed for life, He can certainly make the best of a bad situation. If this is too much for you to accept, I recommend Him to you all the more. If you feel like this is naive, I hope that you are never faced with an active shooter situation. My trust in a sovereign God gives me peace of mind in chaotic circumstances.\t1\t5\tMy Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can take care of any situation. 12/3/2015 15:21:22\tSeveral times a week and of course, more often after another shooting event occurs. \tAfter the last campus shooting, I told students that if they were ever despondent to the degree that they were considering violence to please talk to me. I explained that although I am not in any position to counsel them, I'm happy to work with campus and community resources to help them resolve their problems. The next week a student came to my office and said she didn't trust herself. She wasn't a threat to others, but I believe she may have harmed herself otherwise.\tMy husband is a medical doctor and has worked with many mentally ill patients. Some of the anxiety and signs of real problems that he describes show up in class. It makes me nervous when I return papers. What if that one bad grade is what sends someone over the edge?\t1\t2\tIt makes me nervous when I return papers. What if that one bad grade is what sends someone over the edge? 12/3/2015 15:22:04\tI certainly think about it after each college shooting. Mainly, my family are the ones to bring it up. Do you feel safe on campus? Are you afraid of your students? We actually had an attempted shooting incident on my campus a few years ago. Perhaps I naively believe it won't happen to me and in general my students like me.\tI don't think it impacts my behavior, but it has made me more aware of my students emotions, especially the more negative emotions. I am very cognizant this time of the semester as students are trying to bargain for a higher final grade. At times their desperation scares me.\t\t1\t2\t It has made me more aware of my students emotions... At times their desperation scares me. 12/3/2015 15:22:20\tI think about it everyday.\tSomewhat, but only in a "being prepared" manner. Such as knowing the exits and being aware of my surroundings.\tLet me defend myself.\t1\t1\tLet me defend myself. 12/3/2015 15:22:38\tEvery single day. Coming to work at a diverse campus full of a variety of political hysterics, grievance mongers, and protected classes all at odds with each other can often be dangerous to one's health.\tI worry about violence, period. Gun violence, knife violence, IEDs, pipe bombs. It is not the means utilized, it is the individuals with mental illness and, yes, religious/political certainties, compulsions and morally certain missions to fear.\t\t1\t1\tI worry about violence, period. Gun violence, knife violence, IEDs, pipe bombs. 12/3/2015 15:22:53\tregularly\tnot especially, but I do not hesitate to report students who seem unstable or aggressive.\t\t1\t2\tI do not hesitate to report students who seem unstable or aggressive. 12/3/2015 15:23:22\tNever.\t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:23:30\tDaily,\tDaily. It doesn't affect my behavior because I am currently not allowed to defend myself on our campus. I'd be carrying concealed if it wouldn't cost me my job. Sad thing is, since I can't carry, it could cost me my life.\tSo called "Gun Free Zones" are a means to get innocent people killed and should be banned forever.\t1\t1\tI'd be carrying concealed if it wouldn't cost me my job. 12/3/2015 15:23:36\tNot often, but especially when you hear there was a shooting elsewhere on another campus.\tI've worked with several students in the past that concerned me about retaliation. Those situations did affect my behavior with nightmares and worry what would happen if they came in the office with a gun.\t\t1\t3\tSeveral students in the past that concerned me about retaliation. 12/3/2015 15:23:57\tRarely.\tNo.\tSimply look at the statistics. A college campus remains one of the safest places on earth.\t1\t4\tA college campus remains one of the safest places on earth. 12/3/2015 15:23:57\tEvery day I come to campus, as I disarm myself and place my security and my trust in a few campus officers (who are understaffed, underpaid, and not given the respect they deserve) and the magical power of "No Guns Allowed" signs.\tI don't worry about gun violence on campus. I do worry about not being able to protect myself and those around me, especially my students. The only thing I can do on campus is keep my CPR/First Aid certifications up to date, and go over the emergency evacuation protocols. My only legal options as an adult with a concealed carry permit are to treat injuries or run and hide, because I'm not allowed to carry on campus in my state.\tNo CCW/CHP holder has ever launched a mass shooting at a University. These are the most law abiding people in the country, and they commit crimes and much lower rates than any other group, barring children. Holding a CCW/CHP permit means you are one of the people that wants to both obey the law and protect yourself. Why would we not let such people onto our campuses?\t1\t1\tMy only legal options as an adult with a concealed carry permit are to treat injuries or run and hide 12/3/2015 15:23:59\tDaily.\tIn one of my classes today, a car backfired outside the window. The discussion stopped; everyone looked at each other laughing, but half-fearfully. People didn't know whether to keep the discussion going or head for the doors. I acknowledged the tension, went to the window and saw the car, and then closed the blind--just to make sure people inside our classroom couldn't be seen. We went on with class. But it was quite surreal to return to a discussion of the use of the active voice vs. the passive voice when writing an essay.\t\t1\t1\tA car backfired outside the window. People didn't know whether to keep the discussion going or head for the doors. 12/3/2015 15:24:29\tI work at Northern Illinois University. We had a mass shooting in 2008. I still think about it every day. The gunman carried the gun in a guitar case. It makes me nervous every time I see a student walking with one on campus.\tI am much more aware of who is around me and I never sit with my back to the door.\t\t1\t1\tI never sit with my back to the door. 12/3/2015 15:24:39\tFrom training, I run scenarios in my mind in most every setting. I think often about how I would respond and survive any number of threat - natural and man-made - several times per week.\tPreparedness is not the same as worry, though I do choose to exercise my right to carry a concealed firearm on my campus.\tFear and worry is paralyzing. I train and prepare to avoid this, while recognizing the likelyhood and threat of ever needing to act upon this is extremely remote. While I have the utmost respect for our campus and local law enforcement, my safety is my responsibility. In the event of a violent encounter, I am the first responder. \t1\t2\tFear and worry is paralyzing. I train and prepare. 12/3/2015 15:24:54\tSeldom, almost never. The likelihood of one is very low. It's just not rational, in my opinion, to worry about something that is very unlikely to happen.\tI don't worry about it.\t\t1\t5 12/3/2015 15:25:00\tWorry about it all the time. As an administrator you cannot help but think about the those under your charge when these things happen elsewhere.\tYes it does. We plan, discuss, test our crisis management systems and stay constantly aware.\tNo one can be complacent about the possibility of this happening where he/she is. Guess the folks where these things happened never thought it would happen there.\t1\t1\tWe plan, discuss, test our crisis management systems and stay constantly aware. 12/3/2015 15:25:24\tDaily\tYes. As a retired police officer I stay on full alert about what I see and the behavior of those on campus. Since I cannot be armed on campus my plan is to scurry away and hide like all others in the event of an attack. I'd much prefer to be prepared to confront an attacker and stop them as quickly as possible, but without a firearm it would be suicide.\tThere are many retired, current, and former police officers in the ranks of academia and in campus staff and professionals. Requiring total disarmament of these excellent resources is tragic. I would give my life to defend anothers and I did that for 24 years, not including my Army career. For the sake of my family I could not charge unarmed into a gunfight and waste my life in futility. But if I had a fighting chance...\t1\t1\tI'd much prefer to be prepared to confront an attacker and stop them as quickly as possible. 12/3/2015 15:25:30\tmore often than I would like.\tWe discuss options available to us in an active shooter situation. We have had a threat assessment and we have also taken precautionary steps, which may not realistically help to save lives, but nevertheless makes us feel that we have done something to prepare.\t\t1\t2\tWe have had a threat assessment and taken precautionary steps, which may not realistically help to save lives. 12/3/2015 15:25:31\tOccasionally.\tI try to sit near doors, or, if on a lower level, windows. \tWe should be allowed to carry firearms for self defense on campus. \t1\t3\tI try to sit near doors, or, if on a lower level, windows. 12/3/2015 15:26:24\tOnly when a mass shooting happens and for the week or so afterwards.\tIt makes me anxious and takes my mind off of doing work to worrying instead. I've wondered if I should start working with my office door closed, so it appears like no one is there.\tTo be honest, I wonder if it's only a matter of time before someone I love or know is directly affected by this. Mass shootings and gun violence are rampant across the country these days.\t1\t2\tI've wondered if I should start working with my office door closed, so it appears like no one is there. 12/3/2015 15:26:45\tI work at a major public research university, and I frequently think about the possibility of a mass shooting. In fact, just yesterday morning, I attended a campus rally supporting Black Lives Matter, and I remember thinking about changing into walking shoes before I walked there--not simply for comfort, but shoes that I could also run in in case there was a shooting. In addition, a few years ago I changed positions and began working from home. At the time I remember thinking to myself, "Hey! I don't have to worry anymore about being killed at work!" Seriously, I think many of us unconsciously think about the potential for violence on our campuses daily.\tLast year I attended an all-day training event about how to respond to an active shooter event. My unit encouraged everyone here to attend and financially supported the event. The major takeaway from that training is to have a plan--know the risks of your work environment (glass doors, lack of exits) and have a plan for how you will hide and/or escape BEFORE the event starts. I'm definitely more vigilant. When a black plastic bag was left in the hallway of my building earlier this semester, I called campus safety to look into it. \tLast year I visited South Africa to speak at the University of the Witswatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. Because of the significant crime in Johannesburg, it was impossible to just walk onto either campus--I had to check in at a gate, and once I arrived, my hosts never let me walk alone on these campuses. It was an intense degree of security, and given the freedom we still enjoy at American universities, I was stunned by it. That's not what we want here. \t1\t1\tWhen a black plastic bag was left in the hallway of my building, I called campus safety to look into it. 12/3/2015 15:26:57\tWeekly.\tI remain aware of my surroundings and carry a firearm legally.\tNot allowing campus carry is allowing everyone on that campus to become a victim.\t1\t2\tI remain aware of my surroundings and carry a firearm legally. 12/3/2015 15:26:58\tWeekly.\tI remain aware of my surroundings and carry a firearm legally.\tNot allowing campus carry is allowing everyone on that campus to become a victim.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:27:05\tEveryday Igo to campus\tNo. I conceal carry on campus. I'm prepared to defend myself and others.\tConcealed carry on campus should be implemented at all colleges and universities.\t1\t1\tI conceal carry on campus. I'm prepared to defend myself and others. 12/3/2015 15:27:13\tSometimes\tNo\tWe should allow students to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves. Gun free zones and media corruption are the #1 causes of mass shootings. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:27:15\tOften. But it is not the rampant/random shootings that worry me the most. It is the isolated student who is mentally unstable, perhaps frustrated with his/her grades, or with college in general, and who chooses specific targets as a form of retaliation. \tYes it does. I close classroom doors when teaching. I've chosen not to meet students in my office, but rather in a more public space - library, etc. I pay more attention to my surroundings. \t\t1\t2\tI've chosen not to meet students in my office, but rather in a more public space. 12/3/2015 15:27:24\tIt is never far from my mind. Since we are a Christian university, the possibility of a mass shooting is certainly a concern. Our Public Safety Department has already conducted two trial runs this semester.\tYes, I have a written list (of things I need to do) to turn to should an active shooter become a reality. My concern is that fear would paralyze me. I also have a door window covered in black as well as coverings available nearby for my desk phone and microwave.\t\t1\t2\tI have a written list of things I need to do... My concern is that fear would paralyze me. 12/3/2015 15:27:31\tIt's never far out of mind.\tI choose advantageous seating in my class and stay observant of entrances.\tAs a former infantry Marine and licensed pistol carrier, I'd like to be able to lawfully carry on campus.\t1\t2\tAs a former infantry Marine and licensed pistol carrier, I'd like to be able to lawfully carry on campus. 12/3/2015 15:27:32\tDay after day with news from the US and other areas of the world, I think about gun violence and shootings on a daily basis, now. I never used to. I don't think it would happen on my campus - but don't most people think that?\tI am much more nervous. The other day a man came into the library with a long bag (it turned out it was for fencing) but I watched where he sat down and "lurked" nearby while he opened it and took out his laptop and a book, and saw the fencing stuff (there's a fencing club that practices weekly on campus). I literally could not have stayed seated at my workstation and continue being productive had I not known what was in that bag. \t\t1\t1\tI am much more nervous. The other day a man came into the library with a long bag… turned out it was for fencing. 12/3/2015 15:27:44\tWe are always concerned about he safety of the members of our campus community. To that end, we often discuss expected responses to a range of emergency situations. In recent years, we have paid extra attention to the possibility of an active shooter and have worked with the local authorities on responses. That said, the frequency of these occurrences and the tragic loss of life, injury to the innocent, and loss of a sense of security have greatly concerned all of us. We know that this can happen anywhere at any time without warning. We are as prepared as we can be but pray that we are not next--and hope that no campus anywhere has this experience again.\tWe are certainly more aware of the possibility of an active shooter on campus and have taken steps to prepare in the unfortunate event that it happens on our campus. We are concerned but not to a high state of anxiety.\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:28:20\tOur campus is currently working on the rules for "campus carry," as our Legislature has passed a law stating that registered gun owners must be allowed to have their guns on campus. I'm not sure if there are limitations on what kind of guns must be allowed, but I now think about the possibility of a mass shooting pretty often. This campus *had* a student-with-gun incident a couple of years ago. Fortunately, the young man didn't shoot anyone, but he entered a busy library with his weapon, causing a campus-wide shelter-in-place situation.\tIt makes me want to rely on online communication a lot more, rather than having people come to my office. Got a question? Email me, send me a screenshot, and let's work on it that way. Or let's use FaceTime or some other synchronous tool... It also makes me pay attention to my surroundings more--Where are the exits in this classroom/building? Does this door lock? Is there a panic alarm in here? Etc.\t\t1\t3\tIt makes me want to rely on online communication a lot more, rather than having people come to my office. 12/3/2015 15:28:26\tFrequently. Check out the new gun regulations (or lack thereof) in Kansas.\tYes. Best policy: Be kind!\tLove one another.\t1\t1\tBest policy: Be kind! 12/3/2015 15:28:27\tOften. I attend a university known for it's prestigious STEM programs. I think it would be easy for someone to snap. There have already been threats of violence against professors requiring building closures within the last year.\tI often think of a plan of action if I hear "popping" sounds. I also try to avoid events that are expected to have a high level of attendance.\tI own a pistol and have a concealed carry permit. Due to policies of the state and private university, I am required to leave my weapon at my apartment. Not only does this make me a target on campus, but I also am a target if I make any stops or get gas while traveling to and from.\t1\t1\tI try to avoid events that are expected to have a high level of attendance. 12/3/2015 15:28:34\tEvery single day, multiple times a day I think of the possibilities of a mass shooting on my campus. When I am in a room full of students with only one exit and hear something loud in the halls or a late student knocks on the door to gain entry after class has begun, the worries come to the forefront.\tYes, it does affect my behavior. I talk quite a bit with the students about being aware of their surroundings. I always carry my cell phone with me on campus, even if I am just leaving my office for just a couple of minutes to go to the mail room or to go to the bathroom. Although I am an award winning professor and love teaching and interacting with students, the "campus carry" in Texas, where I teach, has pushed me to think seriously about early retirement and has convinced me to do as much online teaching as possible.\tI probably will retire this year as a direct result of campus carry in Texas.\t1\t1\t"Campus carry" in Texas, where I teach, has pushed me to think seriously about early retirement. 12/3/2015 15:28:39\tMy campus is in a very high-crime area. I think about getting mugged, shot or stabbed every time I go there since my campus doesn't allow me to carry concealed. \tI don't worry about "gun violence per se". I worry about criminal violence. Violent criminals commit violent crimes. The term "gun violence" seems to ignore the root cause. So, every time I see the journalists and surveys ask about "gun violence", it makes me wonder if they want to stop violent crime, or if they are just playing politics.
That's how it affects my behavior.\tCriminals are not stopped by signs, policies or stern warnings.
A "no harmful bacteria zone" won't stop ecoli. Similarly, "no gun signs" won't stop murderers.
These signs do stop law-abiding citizens. They make us choose to balance the ability to defend our lives against the chance of expulsion or arrest.
Policies like "gun free zones" are not at all "gun free zones". They are victim disarmament zones.
Let lawful, licensed concealed carriers carry the tools that give us a fighting chance against criminals. Don't pat yourselves on the back for putting up another sign that will get ignored by violent criminals.\t1\t3\tPolicies like "gun free zones" are not at all "gun free zones". They are victim disarmament zones. 12/3/2015 15:28:43\tA lot.\tHell yes. It doesn't affect behavior, but I worry about it.\t\t1\t1\tHell yes. It doesn't affect behavior, but I worry about it. 12/3/2015 15:28:44\tAt least twice a week.\tYes. I have many mental plans for action (flight, hide, fight) for any location on campus that I visit even occasionally. I have items in my office that can act as weapons. I have wedges to put under my office door so if I hear gunfire I'll have more time to escape out the window. I've spent a good deal of time with mental and physical preparation.
Also, one of the many factors that contributed to my decision to retire early is the rise in campus gun violence (as well as campus racism).\tWhat is really sad for me right now is that my retirement reception is in a few weeks, and I keep have a recurring vision of some current or former student bringing gun to the reception and committing a mass shooting.\t1\t2\tI have many mental plans for action (flight, hide, fight) for any location on campus...I visit even occasionally. 12/3/2015 15:28:57\tEvery time there is a shooting reported in the news in the U.S. or abroad, whenever I hear the phrase "active shooter;" every time the university administration sends out directives or information on how to "handle" an "active shooter;" whenever I hear the phrase "lockdown;" whenever I hear the term "terrorism;" when certain community members lobby to / celebrating being allowed to carry firearms on campus; when I see "firearms permitted here" stickers; when I see "please do not bring firearms onto these premises" signs; when I see NRA bumper stickers; when I think about my family's safety (I don't even want to "put out there" the details of my fears around that) etc. etc.\tWhile I'm sure it increases my stress level, it doesn't affect my behavior much, because I'm pretty sure there's absolutely nothing I can do to avoid being shot. However, it does make me more afraid of / accommodating toward certain students (especially toward particularly quiet, particularly disruptive, or particularly easily offended white men) than I'd otherwise be (I'm a white woman). I have a colleague who carries mace everywhere with him while at work.\tFor the love of all that is sane and reasonable, ban guns, forcibly disarm everyone or offer irresistible buyback deals to everyone with more than a simple hunting rifle (ideally that, too, but you can't have everything...). DO SOMETHING. We are being tyrannized by a minority. Our politicians are afraid of losing votes and/or of being killed themselves. We've dug a hole for ourselves in this culture, and we have to start getting out of it somehow, even if only in tiny increments. \t1\t2\tIt does make me more afraid of [or] accommodating toward certain students... 12/3/2015 15:29:02\tOccasionally \tI carry a concealed firearm.\tI carry a concealed firearm.\t1\t3\tI carry a concealed firearm. 12/3/2015 15:29:08\tWhenever we hear about one on the news...\tNot really, although they have presented "Active Shooter" training and encouraged thinking about what you would do ahead of time. The training is scary, but better to know something about it...\tLooking forward to reading what other campuses are thinking\t1\t2\tThe training is scary, but better to know something about it... 12/3/2015 15:29:39\tNever.\tN/A\tI worry more about auto accidents on my way to and from campus than I do about gun violence.\t1\t5\tI worry more about auto accidents on my way to and from campus than I do about gun violence. 12/3/2015 15:29:59\trecently almost daily\tI close my office door if I'm not expecting students (while being fairly certain that it is unnecessary, but also would probably be ineffective)\t\t1\t2\tI close my office door if I'm not expecting students 12/3/2015 15:30:45\tAt least once per week, it pops in my head. Sometimes more, but that's at least an average.\tWell...sadly...it has made me think very selfishly. I look around the building and try to figure out good places to hide. Our office is galley style and has only one entrance/exit and it's basically in the middle. We would be trapped. After the Oregon shooting, I really started to wonder- could I break my window out if I needed to do so?? It's 2nd floor, but close to a tree. How would I protect our student worker at the front desk? She could be shot and none of us would even be able to get up from our desks in time. I started thinking when I was in the restroom, am I strong enough to hoist myself up into the ceiling/ductwork? Which stall would give me the best chances of getting away?
And worse yet, I started feeling suspicious of certain male students who were carrying any large duffle bags. Not to the point I was terrified. But just a heightened sense of awareness. \tGun control is something we've ignored for far too long. I'm not opposed to guns entirely, but I don't think we've even attempted to come up with good solutions or policies, as they've done in other countries. I actually went into education partially because I'm somewhat risk-adverse. Education tends to have lower pay, but more jobs, more stability, etc. I never imagined I would go to work and think about how to protect myself, or a group of students. \t1\t2\tAfter the Oregon shooting, I really started to wonder- could I break my window out if I needed to do so? 12/3/2015 15:31:22\tEvery finals season and every time I hear about a school shooting or threat in the news.\tIt doesn't. I'm not in a position where I have face-to-face contact with students. That doesn't keep me from worrying.\tLegislators who want to make it legal for students to have weapons on campus will not be getting my vote.\t1\t3\tI'm not in a position where I have face-to-face contact with students. That doesn't keep me from worrying. 12/3/2015 15:31:44\tIn this past, I rarely thought about it. It seemed antithetic to the role of education. But watching commenters on Facebook react to the faculty passing a weapons ban on campus, makes me think I am less safe than I thought. People think that more guns make us safer.\tI know that I am the first door from the main entrance. I would be the first person they see. I tend to now teach from the back of the room.\t\t1\t3\tI know that I am the first door from the main entrance...I tend to now teach from the back of the room. 12/3/2015 15:32:04\tAfter a false alarm on my campus and the recent shooting, I do think about it more often. But even before, it was a unfortunately common thought.\tI'm not sure if it affects my behavior but I do worry about what I would do in that situation. I've had to think about what I would do were I in my office versus my classroom or just walking around campus. I feel like I have to have a backup plan in case of an active shooter on campus. \tAlthough I have my reservations about how useful drills really are, I can't help but wish my campus did more active shooter drills for the students' benefit. I worry about how my students would react especially in larger classes. \t1\t2\tI can't help but wish my campus did more active shooter drills for the students' benefit. 12/3/2015 15:32:08\tOften, each day.\tI engage in happy goings on, since life may be shortened.\tMay retire in the safest country I can find\t1\t2\tI engage in happy goings on, since life may be shortened. 12/3/2015 15:33:24\tIt can happen anywhere. I don't think any one thinks it will happen to them; until it does. The fear is there, but the amount of control I have to protect myself, or others, on campus is limited. \tI am extremely cautious at school. Being a woman, this is also influenced by the high percentages of attacks and rapes. I carry pepper spray and have taken self defense classes. This reduces my fear but it does not reduce the potential harm of an assailant. I do not fear guns. I fear people who would like to harm others. It could be a gun, knife, bomb, or another weapon. \tI will say that I hold a Concealed Carry Permit. I practice regularly and I carry my weapon where I am allowed. I will not take it on campus or in other facilities that request no guns. I am more scared when I don't have it. If a place allows me to carry, I will protect myself and others around me from a threat. Your life is just as important as mine. \t1\t2\tIf a place allows me to carry, I will protect myself and others around me from a threat. 12/3/2015 15:33:46\tAlmost every day.\tIt is less of a worry and more of a concern for my (and others) responsibility to keep myself and those around me safe. My behavior is not different on- versus off-campus but is affected due to the possibility of such violence occurring. I make sure to face the entrance, know my exits, and try to remain aware of what is occurring in my surrounding. I am not paranoid. I respect reality. I feel far more vulnerable on a college campus because such areas impede my right to defend myself, those I love, students, colleagues, and those around me. Having police on campus is no guarantee of safety and it is the responsibility of every citizen to be able to protect themselves in the event of something happening like a mass shooting or any violent act that threatens their safety and those around them.\tAs an adult, we must also accept that evil exists in our world and it is ultimately our responsibility to take ownership of our own safety. We must realize that life is precious but fragile. We must provide ourselves with a fighting chance to protect this gift if and when such evil wishes to challenge our existence.\t1\t2\tI feel far more vulnerable on a college campus because such areas impede my right to defend myself... 12/3/2015 15:33:47\tRight after another mass shooting happens, and that's about it.\tNo.\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:34:22\tAs a woman, I feel vulnerable to violent acts especially when I walk alone on campus after hours. The thought of a mass shooting is crippling. \tI have decided not to teach. \tI am a graduate student living in the state of Texas. In August, people will legally be allowed to carry a concealed handgun on campus. The law has made me rethink going back into the classroom. I am afraid to take classes and even more afraid to teach. I love teaching, but I cannot effectively do my job when I know my students can legally bring hidden guns into the room. I think the classroom is going to feel very different next year. \t1\t2\tI have decided not to teach. 12/3/2015 15:35:11\tI think about this often. When I'm sitting in a lecture hall with 150+ students and the doors are in the back of the hall, I think we are all just sitting targets.\tOf course it affects my behavior. When in the common areas, I sit with my back to the wall and my eyes always alert. I profile everyone and look for any suspicious behavior. \tAs a veteran I would feel much safer if the State of Wisconsin would enact campus carry. After all, killers are not deterred by gun free signs. \t1\t2\tI profile everyone and look for any suspicious behavior. 12/3/2015 15:35:30\tAs a criminal justice student. Violent crime was something we talked about in every class. Campus Shootings was also a factor that we all kept in the back of our minds.\tAs for a shooting on campus, I knew which of my Criminal Justice classmates probably carried and I knew most of them knew I carried as well. If a gunmen had entered our class first, he would've received hell from our end. \tIf there was a shooting somewhere else on campus, I would go as far as to say that me and several veterans in my class would do our best to secure whatever building we are in. We would begin clearing halls and grouping up with other students that we knew and trusted to be carrying firearms.
Keep in mind, at my school, we were not allowed to carry on campus. We all knew the consequences but valued our lives more than our education. We even debated with the head of security about the subject and he got backed into a corner and cut off the discussion. The only valid point he could make was that someone might be mistaken for the shooter. The problem is, that these shootings are almost always over before the police arrive. If a conceal carrier encounters a shooter, that engagement will be over with seconds. One will walk away, the other won't. I much rather have the ability to defend myself than hide like a worthless coward and hope the delusional gunmen doesn't kill me next.\t1\t2\tI much rather have the ability to defend myself than hide like a worthless coward... 12/3/2015 15:35:37\tAll the time\tYes, I carry a gun. \tAllow carry in all 50 states on all college campuses \t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:35:39\tEvery time there's another shooting.\tI've promised myself to pay closer attention to noises I'm unfamiliar with. My new reality: if I don't recognize a sound it no longer equates to the luxury of ignoring it. It means I need to immediately identify it.\tI work on a college campus; it's unnerving. I'm beginning to think all work environments need to learn new behaviors to adapt to this new reality - and the sooner the better.\t1\t2\tI'm beginning to think all work environments need to learn new behaviors to adapt to this new reality... 12/3/2015 15:35:49\tNever. However, we do have muggings and assaults from people outside of campus. \tI don't worry unless I work late, but even then, most of the people targeted are women.\tI am a professor at a community college in a depressed, crime ridden city. Most of our students are motivated to succeed and get out of here to escape that culture. Most of the angry, rage repressed people have outlets for that behavior in their own neighborhoods (and you read about it in the papers: a shooting here, a stabbing there). I really think our campus is a "safe zone" in the true sense of the word when considering our surroundings.\t1\t5\tI am a professor at a community college in a depressed, crime ridden city...our campus is a "safe zone" 12/3/2015 15:35:57\tnever\tNo, I don't worry. To NOT worry affects my behavior in wonderful ways.\tA fear of a mass shooting is irrational. Do you live in fear of car accidents or getting cancer? Both are more likely than a mass shooting.\t1\t5\tDo you live in fear of car accidents or getting cancer? Both are more likely than a mass shooting. 12/3/2015 15:36:01\tWeekly\tI worry about it. But not much I can do. \tI have made a plan in my head of where to hide in the case of a shooting in various parts of the building or my office, should something arise. \t1\t2\tI have made a plan in my head of where to hide... 12/3/2015 15:36:02\tI realize these things happen, but I don't spend everyday thinking about it, the fact is, if someone wants to inflict harm and has intent, they will succeed.\tI don't worry about it to the point where it affects my behavior. I think, however, people should be aware of their surrounding and pay attention.\tAs much as we would all like gun violence to end, unless we do something about who has them we will continue to see shootings and other acts of violence.\t1\t4\tThe fact is, if someone wants to inflict harm and has intent, they will succeed. 12/3/2015 15:36:24\tDaily. Although our institution's [police department] is slowly and steadily increasing community training for and awareness of "active shooter" threats, many of our facilities are insecure by design (and budgetary constraints), but to make matters worse, concealed-carry on campus is still alive politically in my state.\tAlthough I personally am security-conscious by nature and habit, the trend toward decreasing rather than increasing our overall security in this worldwide culture of Late-Stage Capitalism is having a significant chilling effect on my academic freedom, my instructional delivery, and my engagement with students.\tDespite the indefatigable political machinations of the NRA and the Proud Redneck demographic, it is a matter of settled case law. D.C. v. Heller, 554 U.S 570 (2008), was explicitly clear in establishing the compelling public interest in keeping schools safe from the possibility of gun violence, even at the expense of the 2nd Amendment. Concealed-carry, in particular, will create a Hostile Work Environment at my institution. At least all that extra-Constitutional NSA snooping has not been a total waste; Yik Yak is not nearly as anonymous as it (mis)users think it is, so there is a silver lining there.\t1\t1\tMany of our facilities are insecure by design (and budgetary constraints) 12/3/2015 15:37:00\t\t\tThe question "how often do you think about the possibility of mass shootings on campus" implies a number higher than zero, a notion that is unfathomable to me.
As a professor at a Canadian university, the prospect of gun violence on my campus does not even enter my mind as a remotest possibility.
The fact that it is a consideration at workplaces just like my own only a few hundred kilometers to the south of where I sit is utter madness. It is saddening that the colleagues whose work I read and whose company I enjoy at conferences must think about gun violence as part of their day-to-day life. Nobody in any walk of life should have to think about active shooters in the workplace, or anywhere else.
I know all the social science reasons for gun violence in America but it still doesn’t satisfy the visceral question: what on earth is going on down there? \t1\t5\tNobody in any walk of life should have to think about active shooters in the workplace. 12/3/2015 15:37:09\tAt least once a week.\tI am concerned but it hasn't affected my behavior on campus. Off campus, I am more aware of my surroundings and there have been times that I've avoided major events/crowds.\tI feel safe on my campus. But I know things can change so I just stay mindful and update on any trainings offered. \t1\t2\tI feel safe on my campus. But I know things can change so I just stay mindful and update on any trainings offered. 12/3/2015 15:37:29\tOccasionally.\t\tIn 1968 I was studying at the University of Paris and experienced the violence of student protests that began in the University courtyard and spread internationally. Looking out my friend's window one day I saw a sharpshooter very close who was surveying the street leading to the Eiffel Tower. Things were burning, stones ripped from streets flying; I was 18 and decided it would be a good time to visit my friend's family in Wales. After I left borders and transportation were shut down. I left everything and returned from Wales to CA. So yes, I can easily envision the possibility of shootings on any campus.\t1\t3\tI can easily envision the possibility of shootings on any campus. 12/3/2015 15:37:47\tEvery few days, depending on news. Daily when holding class.\tA bit. Always thinking about how to "lock down" a classroom I am in with one or more glass walls, a door I can't lock and which opens out. Also, I doubt armed campus police could reach most of my classrooms in less than 4 minutes, and [they] would not be up to the task. \tI am a CHL holder and advocate of campus carry. If they purposefully come for me, the odds are I am a dead man even if I am armed; however, if they come for the guy next door, I have a good chance of saving my students. We would "lock down" and wait. I would not go after the shooter. That's how CHLs are trained.\t1\t2\tAlways thinking about how to "lock down" a classroom I am in with one or more glass walls, a door I can't lock... 12/3/2015 15:38:07\tProbably every time I walk on campus--particularly now when everyone is so stressed at the end of the semester.\tI know where the exits are to my buildings. I think about how I can turn out my lights and hide in my locked office if necessary. I do NOT leave my office door open anymore.\tTo me, the biggest change is not that I am afraid, it's that I am expecting it. I find myself thinking not "if" but "when" Ohio State will have a campus shooting. And the students are equally fatalistic. In fact, a man committed suicide in our art gallery the other day, and the students didn't blink an eye--because he shot only himself, not others as well.\t1\t1\tTo me, the biggest change is not that I am afraid, it's that I am expecting it. 12/3/2015 15:38:12\tEvery school day. Although the likelihood is fairly low I don't know everyone around me or their intentions, lives, or daily struggle. \tI'm alert and aware of people and things around me. \tAllow campus carry so I can defend myself and others around me. \t1\t1\tAllow campus carry so I can defend myself and others around me. 12/3/2015 15:38:53\tEven though I teach on a campus that I--and most people--think of as safe, I think about the possibility of a shooting each time I walk into a classroom. \t I don't think it has influenced my behavior, in any case, I hope it hasn't. But it sure has influenced my thoughts. When I interact with a student who fits my personal stereotype of "possible shooter," there is a movie on my mind that I have to work hard to turn off. \tI am furious with my state legislators. While they voted to increase my exposure to guns, they deliberated in an area closed to guns and heavily guarded. \t1\t1\tWhile they voted to increase my exposure to guns, they deliberated in an area closed to guns and heavily guarded. 12/3/2015 15:39:02\tWhenever there is a mass shooting or I see a disturbed student who fits profile of shooters -- withdrawn, hostile non verbals, etc. \tOur office has talked about what to do if there is a lock down, what are escape routes, etc. Also there is talk about offices in the same building being able to notify each other quickly if there is a potential threatening situation or actual one. There's been increasing interest in workshops that deal with working effectively with disturbed, angry students. \tCollege is about ideas -- new, clashing, challenging - and welcoming all in society to participate. We have to make sure safety policies and procedures does not suppress what we are about.\t1\t2\tThere's been increasing interest in workshops that deal with working effectively with disturbed, angry students. 12/3/2015 15:39:04\tEvery so often. This is America, so it could happen!\tNot really. What are you going to do?\tI do think a smart entrepreneur could make a bunch of money selling office desks with built-in bulletproof shelters, or administrative suite doors that auto-lock via metal detectors. Maybe this is just another problem for capitalism to solve! Sadly you could either read this comment as intended, or as an earnest right-wing response to the insanity.\t1\t3\tA smart entrepreneur could make a bunch of money selling office desks with built-in bulletproof shelters... 12/3/2015 15:39:21\tAlmost never\tNo\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:39:47\tNot often at all. I try to keep my mind on positive things.\tI don't worry about it so no, it does not affect my behavior. \tI believe what we focus on manifests itself. That's why I don't watch the news or focus on negative things.\t1\t5\tI believe what we focus on manifests itself. 12/3/2015 15:39:55\tOnce or twice a week.\tLook for exits. Think about possible escape routes. Teach students how to be safe. \tMy campus does not provide any training to their faculty for active shooter situations nor do they have all the measures in place that they could to prevent such situations or to help in those situations. All that I know, I learned on my own. I teach about active shooter situations to my freshman seminar class and other classes as they are not told anything. \t1\t2\tI teach about active shooter situations to my freshman seminar class...as they are not told anything. 12/3/2015 15:40:40\tSeveral times a month, and certainly whenever there is a mass shooting in the news. Of course, these days that is just about every day, so I guess I think about it more than several times a month. I will say I think about it whenever it happens someplace else.\tIt doesn't affect my behavior as I feel that there is very little that I, personally, can do about it. It is so random that you would need to worry about it constantly, and that's not the way I want to live my life. \tI worry now about upsetting a student and the consequences for my colleagues and myself. I find that I plan escape routes now and certainly never thought about that before.
I think that there is little we can do to stem the constant mass shootings until/unless our gun laws are fixed, and until/unless we work on our mental health issues. The gun violence that results from terrorism (domestic or international) is so new to us that I think we are still trying to figure out how to fix this - perhaps there is no fix...\t1\t1\tIt is so random that you would need to worry about it constantly, and that's not the way I want to live my life. 12/3/2015 15:41:05\tIt is not something that can be quantified, but it is always in the back of my mind. It is something that, I think, would be from the surrounding city that came onto campus rather than an internal threat. \tI am more aware of my surroundings. I think of what I might do or could do if something were to happen while class was in session, but I am not constantly fearful of it. I observe the classroom, make a plan just in case, and teach as I always would. It's never constantly present, but incidents remind me of what my plans are. Elsewhere on campus I have my eyes open for anything unusual and am willing to report anything suspicious to campus police, but I do not change my behavior in any other way. I will not let fear run my life. \tI feel that we have a good sense of community at my university. The students are wonderful people and I have not felt threatened by any of them. I try to instill this sentiment with them individually and as a group in my classes. I make sure that the classroom is a place where everyone is included. This is primarily a pedagogical goal, but there is a secondary benefit in that students feel a sense of community. I feel that if a student who is in mental or emotional turmoil feels included and that if they feel that they can talk to me or a classmate about issues aside from class material that there is a chance an incident of any kind could be prevented. Naturally, this is not the solution to the overall problem, but it is something that I feel that I can do to try to keep something from happening in my particular classroom, twenty students at a time. We can't do anything about someone who comes from outside campus which is where I feel any threat at my university would come from, but we can't let the fear of "what if" rule our lives. Every day, I am reaching out to young people so that they can educate themselves and feel secure in their lives so that hopefully they will not end up in the mental and emotional distress that can cause someone to turn to violence. \t1\t3\tIf a student who is in mental or emotional turmoil feels included...an incident of any kind could be prevented. 12/3/2015 15:41:09\tAs a PhD candidate I see the issue both as a student and an instructor. The responsibility for protecting my students does weigh on my mind so it's something I think about regularly. Probably a few times a month.\tI "worry" about gun violence to the extent that college campuses and other "gun-free zones" seem to be targets for would-be mass-shooters and other criminals. That being said, the likelihood of dying in a mass shooting is infinitesimal therefore I do not let it affect my behavior. I am more concerned about being robbed walking back to my car at night.\t\t1\t3\tI am more concerned about being robbed walking back to my car at night. 12/3/2015 15:41:10\tProbably about once a week - not a serious concern but more of a "what if".\tI think of exit plans for if there is an active shooter situation. I also think of places I could hide if I can't get out of the building.I try to be aware of my surroundings - I don't listen to headphones so loudly that I can't hear other sounds.\t\t1\t2\tI don't listen to headphones so loudly that I can't hear other sounds. 12/3/2015 15:41:31\tThe topic comes up from time to time. Most of what I think about is our inability to effectively engage these individuals in the critical window when people's live are most at risk: in the first few minutes. This issue is brought up mainly when discussing the recent successes of Students for Concealed Carry. It's a mixed issue on my campus (medium sized, midwestern school).\tIt doesn't affect my behavior too much. Being that I enjoy my job and don't wish to be fired, I subtly support campus carry endeavors. Without tenure, you keep your head down - otherwise you are an easy target for the anti-gun crowd when discussions come around, and their focus on you can be the end of your career (especially if you are support staff). I have accepted that, for the moment, everyday I go to work I am disarmed to placate the fears of those who don't understand how these things happen.\tI know a number of my colleagues (present and previous) that roll the dice with their job and carry everyday. Policy doesn't stop them, any more than it would stop a shooter. Outside of the organization, there are things we can do to curb this - but it's not with bans and confiscation - it's with community engagement, teaching the value of life, and ensuring that as our society is in transition (which is a great thing!) that we don't marginalize entire groups of people to make room for others.\t1\t3\tI know a number of my colleagues (present and previous) that roll the dice with their job and carry everyday. 12/3/2015 15:42:14\tEvery day.\tI am saddened by the possibility that the trust inherent to community living on campus has been derailed by overwhelming reports of mass shootings. \tThe solution is less guns, not more. The United States in general needs to find ways to limit the number of firearms an individual/household can possess, it needs to restrict high capacity magazines, and it needs to put significant restrictions on those who manufacture and sell guns. College campuses need to underscore the culture of trust and community that is the bedrock of university education by providing much more resources into self-defense courses (that do not involve weapons); psychological services & counseling; and strict rules on not allowing guns on campus under any circumstances. \t1\t1\tI am saddened by the possibility that the trust inherent to community living on campus has been derailed 12/3/2015 15:43:04\tI think about this about 3 times per week, on average.
I think about it more than I used to now that the Texas State Legislature has passed a campus carry law requiring state universities to allow guns on campus and in all campus buildings.
Daily shootings in the US news also causes me to reflect on this far more than I used to, a few years ago. \tI am reluctant to give students an F for a course, even if they have earned it.
I am considering changing classrooms/auditoriums to one where I would have less chance of being shot first if someone walked in with a gun.
I have asked for Kevlar vests and bullet-proof glass for my office door window to be provided by the university. I want to stop being on campus 5 days a week, all day and instead only come in to teach class. I think about having office hours by phone or email only. I think about switching to teaching online only. I would hate that, but it seems less likely that I'd be shot than teaching on campus.
I have also thought about dropping some of the challenging material we cover in some of my classes, because I don't want to deal with angry confrontation. (I don't usually have angry confrontation, even in challenging discussions, but now I am reluctant to continue those.)\tA year ago, a grad student who came to take his oral comprehensive exams was so scary and "off" that in the comps committee discussion to determine his grade, I flatly refused to fail him (as he richly deserved, remembering almost nothing that he had studied with me). I told my colleagues that I feared this student had a gun on him and I was not willing to be shot to uphold the standards of our graduate degree. They agreed that he seemed extremely odd and the same thought had crossed his mind. They broke with tradition, asked him to leave and said they would call with his exam results, and then we all gave him a passing grade -- we were all scared and just wanted him gone. Our dept chair was upset with us but could not persuade any of us to take such a personal safety risk. We have since come up with new procedures and more stringent standards before anyone gets to that stage (oral comps). That incident still haunts me.
This is the future of education, if something is not done to make people feel safe again. \t1\t2\tI am reluctant to give students an F for a course, even if they have earned it. 12/3/2015 15:43:48\tDaily\tYes, I always track where the exists are, I carry a fighting knife now instead of a utility knife. I cuss my fellow campus members for thinking banning campus carry will make them safer. I can't believe people are that naive. \t\t1\t1\tI carry a fighting knife now instead of a utility knife. 12/3/2015 15:44:03\tConstantly. It's called situational awareness.\tI only worry that the good people are banned from defending themselves.\tGun Free Zones = Free Killing Zones. It is not working and will not work. \t1\t1\tGun Free Zones = Free Killing Zones. 12/3/2015 15:44:15\tSometimes. It is not wise to dwell on a possibility of this sort of thing happening. It makes a person fearful and produces unnecessary internal stress. This does not mean I do not think about it, I do but I do not dwell on it. \tWhen I do think about it, I imagine how I should react and go over the scenario in my mind and then move on. I compare our lifestyle here with that of the people living in Israel and try to remember they live with much more danger on a daily basis. This is our new reality; we must accept it, embrace it, prepare for the worst, and get on with living. You never know when your time will be up - dwelling on the possibilities is just not where I want to spend time.\t\t1\t3\tYou never know when your time will be up... 12/3/2015 15:44:15\tEvery day - it's a gun free zone\tI worry that I work in a gun free zone where only the people who don't follow the laws carry guns. I would carry if I didn't care about losing my job. I ask myself every morning if going to work unprotected is more important than being alive at the end of the day.\tWe're at war with ISLAM and too stupid to admit that as a nation. Do I profile, yes..... Am I pissed off at our current government - YES\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:45:02\tWeekly\tNot enough\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:45:07\tOften.\tMy situational awareness is always heightened in places with large gatherings of people that are soft targets. \t\t1\t2\tMy situational awareness is always heightened in places with large gatherings of people that are soft targets. 12/3/2015 15:45:07\tI am aware of the danger.\tNot really. I carry my firearm concealed legally. \tI've stopped two attempted rapes on campus by being at the right place at the right time, and armed. \t1\t3\tI carry my firearm concealed legally. 12/3/2015 15:45:37\tI don't think about it constantly but it is definitely on my mind whenever I hear of another shooting on a college campus. Sometimes I think we are all just sitting ducks waiting for something to happen. My university has not been very proactive in instructing it's faculty, staff or students on what to do if there is an active shooter. This makes me feel very unprotected in my work place.\tWhenever I go to a big event, I am more aware that this would be a prime place for a bomb or an active shooter.\tI think that every college and university should be enforced by the government to have a plan in place for what to do if a shooting should start on your campus. We always react to something after it happens. I think universities need to be more proactive in this.\t1\t2\tWhenever I go to a big event, I am more aware that this would be a prime place for a bomb or an active shooter. 12/3/2015 15:45:38\tA few times per week\tYes, it has affected my behavior by causing me to consider and run through an action emergency action plan whenever I enter a new classroom, lecture hall, conference room, etc. \t\t1\t2\tIt has affected my behavior by causing me to consider and run through an action emergency action plan. 12/3/2015 15:46:14\tMost days.\tI stay aware of my surroundings, and try to have a plan if something were to happen.\tAllowing concealed carriers to have their legally carried firearms on campus would do a huge amount to decrease the number of civilian fatalities during these mass shooting events. Being completely defenseless while on campus is doing nothing except providing these psychopaths a completely unchallenged killing field, in the form of our classrooms. What is the first thing we do every time there is a shooting? Call someone with a gun to come end the threat. Why wouldn't we allow adults (because as college students, we are adults in case anyone forgot) that are legally licensed to carry firearms to defend themselves to do so? \t1\t2\tWhy wouldn't we allow adults that are legally licensed to carry firearms to defend themselves to do so? 12/3/2015 15:46:26\tNot so much a mass shooting as much as a robbery or assault leading to gun violence - our campus is located in a large downtown area and some of the neighboring parts of town are crime-ridden. We have a large police force that keeps very busy dealing with outsiders causing trouble on campus. And we're in a high-crime city.\tBy staying aware of my surroundings and making sure the team that works for me understands what to do and where to go in case an event such as that starts on our campus.\tIn our town (large midwestern city with plenty of gun violence) the big concern isn't so much about a mass casualty event as is the prevailing thought that most anyone with bad intentions can easily acquire a gun. Coupled with what seems to be more willingness to use such weapons, it causes anxiety.\t1\t3\tThe big concern is the prevailing thought that most anyone with bad intentions can easily acquire a gun. 12/3/2015 15:47:06\tEvery day -- every walk from my car to my building, every walk across campus, every time in the dining hall or union.\tIt prompted me to leave higher education. The openness and accessibility that drew me to work at a public institution turned into fear of being a target, and was a major con in staying in a job I'd loved for 14 years -- I left and now work in the corporate world behind two levels of security, which is obviously no guarantee but feels safer at least.\t\t1\t1\tIt prompted me to leave higher education. 12/3/2015 15:47:18\tI have really only think about it when a shooting occurs. So, now it has been quite often.\tNot really, but you never know which student or students can be close to the edge. Seeing all of these recent shootings could push them over. I worry more about the availability of exits at the university where I am employed. \tAdministration should equip classrooms and other campus areas with back exits.\t1\t2\tYou never know which student or students can be close to the edge. 12/3/2015 15:47:28\tDaily\tI always assess classrooms for defensibility and figure out escape routes. I feel vulnerable.\tThis needs to stop.\t1\t1\tI always assess classrooms for defensibility and figure out escape routes. I feel vulnerable. 12/3/2015 15:47:32\tEvery time I'm there.\tYes. I'm more nervous and that means my work suffers.\tWe need to repeal the 2nd amendment and confiscate all guns in the US. \t1\t1\tI'm more nervous and that means my work suffers. 12/3/2015 15:47:44\tIt crosses my mind whenever I hear about a campus shooting on the news and probably a few times a month independently of that.\tI think about what it would be like or what I would do or where I would go. I'm in a relatively unknown part of campus, so I suspect that if there was a shooter I wouldn't have much to worry about personally. There are buildings that are more centralized and actually have people in them regularly - but I mean I could very well be in one of the buildings at any time. I don't know if it changes my behavior at all, but it definitely adds an edge of anxiety to my job.\t\t1\t2\tIt definitely adds an edge of anxiety to my job. 12/3/2015 15:47:50\tDaily\tNo\tI think that I will always be cognizant that there could be violence anywhere. Not just on a college campus.\t1\t1\tI think that I will always be cognizant that there could be violence anywhere. 12/3/2015 15:47:53\tI think about it everyday. Any gun-free zone is a potential target by anyone who wants to do harm.\tIt's natural to me being a retired Marine and having experience as an anti-terrorism officer makes me conscious of where all the exits of a room is at. I look for odd behaviors, odd clothing or abnormal backpacks. I scan crowds and people as I walk through campus. It's also known as situational awareness.\tI am looking forward to Campus Carry being extended to the buildings and classrooms. Anytime liberty and freedom is extended, it makes people better.\t1\t1\tI look for odd behaviors, odd clothing or abnormal backpacks. I scan crowds and people as I walk through campus. 12/3/2015 15:48:42\tWhenever it happens elsewhere, which is getting to be all too frequently.\tNot really, except maybe to be especially aware in large gatherings, trying to be more cognizant of who is there and where the exits are.\tI'm in Virginia where we have all been on edge since VA Tech several years ago. We have had 'active shooter drills' but not recently. I think we are all due for a reminder about what to do if... just like we have periodic fire drills.\t1\t2\tWe have all been on edge since Virginia Tech several years ago. 12/3/2015 15:50:42\tSeldom.\t\tMany college/university campuses hosting millions of students ... The simple, rational law of averages marks an incident at a given campus as rather unlikely.\t1\t4\tThe simple, rational law of averages marks an incident at a given campus as rather unlikely. 12/3/2015 15:51:28\tAt least once a week. It's always a possibility, and everyone should have a plan, or at least an idea of how they would react. \tI try to be more aware of my surroundings. I look to make sure no one is around my car when I leave campus late. I listen and pay attention to the people around me. I make sure to have my keys or a flashlight in my hand that I could use to fight with if need be. \tIf a shooting were to occur, I and my classmates and professors would be sitting ducks, like so many others have been. If getting away wasn't an option, I would fight with anything available to me or nothing at all if need be. I would hope others would join in. The shooter wouldn't be able to get everyone, and one or two dying is better than dozens. Besides, I don't believe in allowing myself to be a sheep led to slaughter. If I were armed with my gun which I carry legally many other places, the likelihood of me and other innocent people surviving would be much greater. I would rather myself and other law-abiding citizens be able to protect ourselves than be sheep. I am responsible for my safety. That police officer in town or patrolling the parking lot won't be much help in most instances, as history has proven time and again. Most of the time, the cops just get there in time to zip up a body bag. I would rather they plant the bad guy six feet under than me. Besides, those "gun-free zone" signs don't work. Again, history proves that. Criminals don't obey laws. If they did they wouldn't be criminals. I wholeheartedly support campus carry. If I were to die today in a campus shooting, I pray that my family would join in support of campus carry and tell the world how it could have saved my life and how and why I supported it. \t1\t2\tIf a shooting were to occur, I and my classmates and professors would be sitting ducks. 12/3/2015 15:52:01\tI think about it each day a mass shooting is reported in the news.
Otherwise, I think of it maybe once a week as I walk the campus. \tYes. It affects my job at the university - sometimes I get anxious if I have to be in a crowd. In one instance, I had to watch out for any reporters that showed up to cover a board meeting, where there was a crowd of 100+ faculty and student protesters. I had to tell my boss that I could not do it (keep watch, check media in), because I was too anxious and afraid.
During a speech by the president of the university, again I was anxious having to speak with media or protesters, wondering if I'd hear a gun shot, and how unprepared I would feel. \tOur university does a decent job educating students and faculty on how to deal with campus shooters, but they sure don't educate administration, and that makes me anxious. I am more motivated to participate in all the diversity events and workshops I'm proud to say have long existed on our campus. I do not want to put myself in a bubble, I want to meet people and learn. I even signed up for a MOOC to learn more about the Koran and Islam.
I despise the fear-based news culture. \t1\t2\tSometimes I get anxious if I have to be in a crowd. 12/3/2015 15:53:40\tNot very often.\tN/A\tI feel safe because the majority of gun crimes don't occur from campus shootings.\t1\t4\tI feel safe because the majority of gun crimes don't occur from campus shootings. 12/3/2015 15:53:56\tVery rarely. Did think about it recently because campus security held a training session on what to do.\tI am not worried at all, and my behavior has not been affected. I have considered issues about how to respond if there were a shooter on campus, and I'm aware that it is not impossible, but I have no expectation that this will actually happen.\t\t1\t5\tI'm aware that it is not impossible, but I have no expectation that this will actually happen. 12/3/2015 15:53:57\tEverytime there is a mass shooting on a campus.\tI don't worry; however, I am much more wary of students and others on my campus. I no longer joke with others for fear of things being taken the wrong way. Students no longer seem to "get" sarcasm.\tMany students come to college not only with mental health issues, but generally with weak coping skills and an inability to solve problems independently. I have been on the receiving end a few times when students were unable to respond appropriately to situations that were stressful to them.\t1\t2\tI am much more wary of students and others on my campus. 12/3/2015 15:54:31\tTwo or three times a week, maybe, though thinking about it doesn't mean I worry about it. Worrying does you no good. Thinking gets you prepared. That said, I also know that the odds are almost zero, and that gun murders have been halved over the past 20 years. We're safer now than we've ever been.\tI know where the exits are, where the doors are, and I always have a pocket knife on me. It's nothing much, but it's better than nothing. After Oregon, I contemplated keeping a drop-safe handgun in my backpack, in a holster that covers the trigger; meaning it wouldn't ever go off without me wanting it to. This is currently illegal, as I am under 21, and Ohio doesn't permit carrying on campus. Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6, as they say. I decided against it, for several reasons, but I know many people carry daily, on and off campus.\t\t1\t2\tI know where the exits are, where the doors are, and I always have a pocket knife on me. 12/3/2015 15:54:33\tMultiple times a day.\tYes, makes me less trusting of students.\tAs if we didn't have enough trouble treating everyone equally and creating cultures of acceptance, now more than ever we have cause to question those we share spaces with while at work and study. How are we to reconcile our values with our intrinsic need to work and learn in a safe space under these pressures?\t1\t1\tIt makes me less trusting of students. 12/3/2015 15:54:34\tMost days\tYes - it makes me anxious and worried.\tYears ago we had police officers with walking patrols within our academic buildings - but it stopped and now I just feel like I am really on my own with no real knowledge of what to look for, or if I see something if I should report it?? The walking patrols provided a deterrent as well as a sounding board and we could report things - I also worry about being accused of profiling if I site a individual that has a muslim heritage.\t1\t2\tI just feel like I am really on my own with no real knowledge of what to look for. 12/3/2015 15:56:14\tFrom looking at the figures, I know that "mass shootings" are still a relatively rare phenomenon. I only think about "mass shootings" when I read about them in the news. I recognize that a far more likely threat is an attack by an ordinary violent criminal, particularly an armed robbery or an aggravated assault. I probably think about attacks by violent criminals maybe once or twice a week or so.\tI don't worry about "gun violence". I worry about criminals. I carry a concealed handgun wherever and whenever I can legally. I also train often and hard to repel an attack by a criminal on my loved ones or on me.\tLegalized campus carry will not cause more bloodshed on campuses. Legal concealed carriers have consistently proven to be far more responsible and law-abiding than the general public. Campus carry gives criminals another thing to worry about before deciding to attempt to victimize someone on campus.\t1\t4\tI carry a concealed handgun wherever and whenever I can legally. 12/3/2015 15:56:24\tEvery day. \tAbsolutely. I always have my door closed and if I hear a loud noise I tend to jump up and lock it just in case. \tI was an assistant director of career services at a small non-profit university and I left my field (I have a master's degree in college student development) due to my anxiety over the violence and lack of security on my campus. \t1\t1\tI always have my door closed and if I hear a loud noise I tend to jump up and lock it just in case. 12/3/2015 15:56:36\tAll the time. Since I am not able to defend myself on campus, it makes me more nervous and scared to be on a campus. I wish I was able to defend my life on campus like I am most places off of campus.\tYes. I feel like a sitting duck that is defenseless. I wish I was allowed to defend my life. Instead, my only defense is hoping it doesn't happen each day.\tCitizens who are able to defend their life should be allowed to do so on campus. Mass shooting happen where there are strict gun laws, like on campus. Don't allow us to remain defenseless. \t1\t1\tI feel like a sitting duck. 12/3/2015 15:56:51\tRarely, and even then only in idle thought.\tI'm not one to allow myself to live in fear. What's going to happen will happen, no matter what I do, so I say fuck it.\tCampus shootings are POSSIBLE, but that doesn't mean they're PROBABLE. The media and the government need to stop with the fearmongering.\t1\t4\tCampus shootings are POSSIBLE, but that doesn't mean they're PROBABLE. 12/3/2015 15:56:57\tEnough to be prepared.\tNot in a negative way.\tGun free zones suck and create victims. Schools should allow CCW's should be allowed to carry in class. \t0\t0\tGun free zones suck and create victims. 12/3/2015 15:57:28\tI think of the possibility every working day as I work at a university. The fear is in the back of my mind everyday. I am literally a sitting duck in a lobby of windows with no where to go and too old to try to run away. \tYes it effects my behavior. I am more suspicious, cautious, always looking to see who is coming in the door or catching someone out of the corner of my eye as they come off the elevator. I worry about unhappy/unstable faculty coming in with a gun in addition to anyone else. Sad to say it is becoming the new everyday normal work environment. You just learn to live with it and go on with your job..\tI know it is very controversial topic/subject but I think that guns should be allowed on campus, legally for staff to carry and protect themselves. We also need more ALICE training at universities similar to what they have in some high schools. In student orientation they don't give them the bad PR /reality about campus thefts, assaults etc., on campus let along cover "if a gunman ever comes in your classroom" topic for that is not considered good business PR. Not all college students had training in high school. Even for those that did, a refresher session yearly is definitely needed. I have some faculty with the "it can never happen here" mentality who are in total denial of our world reality today. \t1\t1\tI worry about unhappy/unstable faculty coming in with a gun. 12/3/2015 15:58:08\tGenerally, not until it happens. Then I think about it a lot as I count the pieces of gum stuck under the desk top I am hiding underneath.\tSure I worry, but If I make it through the day alive I reward myself with a glass or two of red wine. I may be afraid during the day but am able to drink guilt-free in the evening so I call that a wash.\tThere is little sense to "thinking' or "worrying" about the statistically very small chance of being shot on campus. Risk assessment is rarely a rational activity, there are hundreds of other ways you have a higher chance of dying on campus but are not being considered. \t1\t3\tSure I worry, but If I make it through the day alive I reward myself with a glass or two of red wine. 12/3/2015 15:58:13\tEvery single day.\tYes, it forces me to be more alert. When possible, I try to avoid crowded areas e.g. dining halls, MU, etc.\tI'm extremely frustrated that Oregon State University advertises it's campus as a "gun free" zone- including stickers on building doors, thereby telling would-be shooters that the building is full of victims. The administration - from the President on down - love to talk about "empowering" people for any number of social, political, or cultural reasons, yet when it comes to personal safety i.e. LIFE- faculty and students are overtly prevented from protecting themselves.\t1\t1\tIt forces me to be more alert. When possible, I try to avoid crowded areas. 12/3/2015 15:59:05\tI thought about it always. Even though I am retired, I still think about it.\tI am more careful about my surroundings.\tTo be honest, I am far more concerned about a mass shooting in my local grocery store, my state park, or a large race. Tennessee has open carry laws, and very few public areas forbid open carry. Our campus does, but that doesn't mean there aren't guns on campus.\t1\t1\tI am more careful about my surroundings. 12/3/2015 15:59:31\tOften enough. But am prepared to do what I have to do to protect myself and my family, and want the right I have available everywhere I choose to go.\tI don't go to those places where I cannot carry, unless I absolutely have to.\tI carry, responsibly and lawfully, but I also work to change the gun laws we have so that I can carry in more places, and with more freedom, because I do carry lawfully and responsibly.\t1\t3\tI don't go to those places where I cannot carry, unless I absolutely have to. 12/3/2015 15:59:40\t\t\tTake away all guns that's how they did it in the old west\t0\t0 12/3/2015 15:59:49\tI teach at an urban community college and an urban public university, and ever since the shootings at the community college in Oregon, hardly a day goes by when I don't think of my safety and the safety of my students.\tIt does not affect my behavior in the classroom; however I have noticed that I am more vigilant whenever I am on campus. \tThere have been very few opportunities at either institution to have an open, public discussion about this matter, other than "Active Shooter" training. We need to talk about this issue as a community in order to prepare for when it happens, not if it happens.\t1\t2\tHardly a day goes by when I don't think of my safety and the safety of my students. 12/3/2015 16:00:23\tOccasionally. More often after a recent event.\tOnly slightly. I try to think about what I would do in such an event at different locations. I don't feel there is much else I can do.\tSadly I don't see anyway to solve this problem. While additional gun legislation may help I believe that gun violence is a symptom of a much more elusive problem. I feel that people in this country are overall less happy and hopeful than the last decade of the 20th century. Fixing that will much more difficult.\t1\t3\tI try to think about what I would do in such an event at different locations. 12/3/2015 16:00:24\tWhenever I hear about a new campus shooting.\tI don't really worry about it, although I pay attention to safety training.\t\t1\t2\tI don't really worry about it, although I pay attention to safety training. 12/3/2015 16:00:29\tNot so very much. I am more concerned about ordinary neighborhood crime that goes along with being in an large urban area. \tMy concerns about violence in the areas surrounding campus are not restricted to "gun violence.' I believe that there may be a much more immediate risk of physical harm related to routine kinds of crime in urban areas, such as purse snatchings, etc.\tIs emphasis on "gun violence" and "mass shooting" evidence of media-perpetrated fear mongering? What are the statistics? What good does it do to promote fear rather than to promote ordinary common-sense safety tactics? \t1\t4\tThere may be a much more immediate risk of physical harm related to routine kinds of crime in urban areas. 12/3/2015 16:00:40\tConstantly and not just on campus. Every time I go out be it to eat , shop or go to a movie I now expect such an event to occur.\tI now carry a gun for self protection\tCanbyou believe we referr to this latest event as "todays shooting"?\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:02:27\tThis fall was the first term during which I've actually stressed over the possibility of a mass shooting on campus. Almost daily I consider what would happen if there were an active shooter situation on my way to class, during class, or on my way home. Before this year, the thought would cross my mind occasionally, but I wouldn't feel justified in seriously considering the possibility. These days I think it would be ignorant to not consider it. \tThe worry and stress involved has certainly affected my behavior. I'm much more aware of my surroundings now than I used to be. I'm constantly looking around and taking note of what each individual looks like, and especially what they're carrying. Sometimes I'm not as attentive in class because I find myself wondering, "What would we do if that door opened and an active shooter entered? Where would we go?" I would not go as far to say that I'm paranoid, but I maintain a definite concern regarding my surroundings and vulnerability. \tOne of the things that most concerns me is the apparent apathy of my university, and their unwillingness to be proactive in the prevention of gun violence on campus. Of course, the student body receives emails from the president not only assuring us of the university's no tolerance policy against firearms on campus, but especially consoling our worries with phrases like "we understand" or "student safety is our highest concern". There was even a "What To Do" pamphlet distributed which essentially encouraged us to take cover or run and hide in the event of an active shooter. I'm sure I needn't point out the inefficacy of all these "efforts".
I know the issue at hand is a complex one that is not easily addressed. However, as a full-time student on campus 5 days a week, I would at least like some visible measure taken that would demonstrate the university's concern. I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw a campus security guard. Of course the presence of security guards varies from one institution to the next, and the level of safety affected would be difficult to gauge. But unarmed campus security guards are good for virtually nothing anyway. By the time someone with actual force arrives on the scene, it's too late. And you can bet that after the bodies are taken away, and after the blood is cleaned up, we'll all get an email stating how sorry the university is for our losses and how much they understand.
\t1\t1\tThis fall was the first term during which I've actually stressed over the possibility of a mass shooting. 12/3/2015 16:02:40\tRarely. As someone who spent many years in media, I'm well aware that the media often give a distorted view of life, making it seem more violent and more dangerous than it actually is. (See George Gerbner's work on the "mean world syndrome," for example.) So, when I hear about mass shootings, I feel sad about them, of course; but I mainly feel frustrated that our Congress is so controlled by the National Rifle Association that we can't pass the common sense gun laws that might minimize the violent actions or at least make assault-style weapons harder to get. \tNo. There is nothing I can do. We have no training, and worst of all, there are tens of thousands of people on campus and 4 exits/entrances, leading to a very dangerous situation where there is no way to get off campus in an emergency (massive traffic jams). None of the administrators are interested in addressing this from what I can tell.\tI feel much safer for my personal self that I have the right and ability to defend myself when in harm's way.\t1\t4\tThere is nothing I can do. 12/3/2015 16:03:37\tWeekly at least. More when a mass shooting is in the news.
I've been to active shooting training on my campus, and I report students who demonstrate worrisome behavior. I used to do that for their own sake, but now I'm equally worried about the safety of others. I sometimes wonder that fears about violence distract me at the expense of my other duties as a professor or cause me to be wary of getting close to students who may need faculty members to reach out to them. \tDuring a meeting to discuss my department's major today, loud, banging noises started coming from an upstairs floor. We all froze; no one would even stick their head out of the door to see what it was. One colleague quickly got up to close and lock the door. Another said that if it turned out to be someone dangerous, we were supposed to turn off the lights and hide under the table. The sad thing is that there are so many possible causes of that noise - from someone moving tables or preparation for the HVAC maintenance our building will undergo over winter break - but we all thought the worst first.\tOur state legislature has only narrowly defeated bills that would allow guns on campus. I will truly be afraid to come to work if that happens. College students are under a lot of stress; many of our students are juggling multiple jobs in addition to their coursework and other responsibilities. Guns on campus terrify me.\t1\t2\tGuns on campus terrify me. 12/3/2015 16:04:00\tRegularly -- every day.\tYes, insofar as I am more inclined to report information about students I am concerned about in terms of psychological distress or other unusual aspects of behavior. Also, because we have solid wood doors do our classrooms, which means I cannot see who is entering, I am more jumpy when someone unexpectedly comes to the door during class (for instance, when a student arrives ten or twenty minutes late). \tIt is incredibly sad that our educational institutions have become such vulnerable places for shootings. Who else other than teachers -- or police officers -- goes to work worrying about being shot on the job? After the Sandy Hook Shooting, I relentlessly wrote to legislators, begging them to take action for stricter gun control laws. It's one thing for a person to be able to carry a simple revolver or a hunting rifle, but it is absolutely unacceptable that we allow citizens to carry guns of the sort that can spray so many bullets in quick succession. I realize that gun control laws are not a panacea, but they would be something. We need that something, but I am demoralized about the prospect of our government making any kind of change, the NRA is so powerful.\t1\t1\tI am more jumpy when someone unexpectedly comes to the door during class. 12/3/2015 16:04:24\tI never think or worry about it. I know it's possible, but so random and unpredictable, it would be like worrying about a plane crashing into my house.\tWe do the Run/Hide/Fight trainings and talk about different strategies to handle the situation should it occur, but I believe strongly that terrorists win when we stop living our lives how we want due to fear of being attacked. \tWe can't guarantee everyone's safety in a free society. I think we've become like Calhoun's rats - insecurity due to overpopulation is leading to more and more violent antisocial behavior. More gun laws won't solve anything. It's time for population control with breeding licenses and mandatory sterilization of morons and criminals.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:04:24\tVery seldom.\tI don't worry about gun violence on campus.\tEven where there is extensive trainings, people are killed. If someone want to show up on campus with a gun and a plan to shoot people, it will be done.\t1\t4\tIf someone want to show up on campus with a gun and a plan to shoot people, it will be done. 12/3/2015 16:05:11\tDaily. \tI live in Texas, in which the legislature passed a law allowing concealed carry on university campuses, unless the campus opts out. For the first time in my life, I am considering getting a concealed carry license and purchasing a handgun. A weapon might make me safer or make me feel safer, or it may be pointless. But at least I'm considering it for the first time.\tWhat has gone wrong with our country? How can so many killing events take place? What can we do to prevent another one at our university?\t1\t1\tFor the first time in my life, I am considering getting a concealed carry license and purchasing a handgun. 12/3/2015 16:05:11\tAbout twice a year when I have a disgruntled student or faculty who is unstable emotionally.\tYes - I contact the campus police (who are close to the building) to escort a student off campus if the situation arises, or have turned a series of hate mail from a disgruntled faculty over to the city police. I talk to someone on my cell phone while I am going to my car in the dark if I am having a student issue.\tI have found that involving the police, and telling the person involved that I have involved the police has deescalated the situation quickly. One student who used to send 10 emails a day 24/7 for over 2 years, wrote me after I turned the issue over to the police that he was sorry and had no idea that had upset me so much.\t1\t4\tI talk to someone on my cell phone while I am going to my car in the dark if I am having a student issue. 12/3/2015 16:06:01\tOnce or twice a week\tNo. There is nothing I can do. We have no training, and worst of all, there are tens of thousands of people on campus and 4 exits/entrances, leading to a very dangerous situation where there is no way to get off campus in an emergency (massive traffic jams). None of the administrators are interested in addressing this from what I can tell.\tVery scary. We have a good campus police force but that seems to be of limited reassurance in such an event.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:06:14\tEvery day. \tI keep a firearm in my car. \tI wish to be able to protect myself in the event that a worst case scenario becomes a reality. I wish to do no harm to others. \t1\t1\tI keep a firearm in my car. 12/3/2015 16:07:49\tWeekly.\tPreparing a plan to assist my students in avoiding the shooter\t\t1\t2\tPreparing a plan to assist my students in avoiding the shooter. 12/3/2015 16:07:51\tDaily.\tYes. I have started locking my classroom door.\tWe are in a mental health crisis. Thinking about body armor for daily wear could become a reality in our time. \t1\t1\tI have started locking my classroom door. 12/3/2015 16:08:43\tEvery time another campus shooting makes the news.\tNot a great deal, as I am retired, but I am more watchful when I am on campus.\tI was threatened only twice in a 40-year career as a professor and administrator, once by a student I failed and once by a faculty member I fired. I handled both threats myself with no lasting consequences for anyone involved. I can't help wondering if such would be the case today. Given the profusion of guns and violence, I would have to report threats to campus security, and there would be ensuing complications for all. \t1\t3\tI was threatened only twice in a 40-year career as a professor and administrator. 12/3/2015 16:09:42\tFrequently. \tI always position myself in a way that I can see people walking by or entering the building if at all possible. I also think about how to best evacuate the building in case of this event. \tI don't like that legal concealed carry permit holders are not allowed to carry on public universities. I believe that if you are legally allowed to carry on public property then a school should be okay as well. Maybe it should be required to be registered with the school as well, but it should still be allowed. Part of the fourth amendment that allows us as Americans to bear arms is being impeded upon by making us relinquish this right on public campuses. The problem is that with so many school shootings occurring, it makes me uneasy about not being able to protect myself should it happen at my school. \t1\t2\tI always position myself in a way that I can see people walking by. 12/3/2015 16:09:45\tEvery day.\tYes. I will be careful about going outside, and be vigilant of surrounding as always. \tI feel that not having secure borders and having leadership that does not care about our country and making fighting terrorism their main priority will only result in the bloodshed of many more innocent Americans. \t1\t1\tI will be careful about going outside. 12/3/2015 16:09:57\tEvery day.\tFrequently. I avoid academic "debates" as this can be fodder to cause a mentally ill student to fall off the edge of sanity. \t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:10:26\tEvery time I hear about a student who got angry about something, which is at least once a week.\tIt does make me think about places to hide or how I would respond it there were an attack. We have to complete active shooter training on my campus, and although it should make be feel safer, it actually made me aware of just how little protection there is on our campus.\t\t1\t2\tIt does make me think about places to hide or how I would respond it there were an attack. 12/3/2015 16:11:07\tOccasionally. I thought of it just now as I entered the main door of our central admin building.\tAll we can do is have a plan for "shelter in place," have a good campus alert system and well-trained campus police. We have all these things and we just have to hope it does not happen here. \tWishing the media did not publicize names and faces of shooters. It provides notariety, "fame" in a perverse way that may feed egos. Let them be nameless, ignominious.\t1\t3\tI thought of it just now as I entered the main door of our central admin building. 12/3/2015 16:11:07\tEvery day. I was on campus in 2008 at Northern Illinois University when five students were killed (and 26 wounded). I personally witnessed the immediate aftermath of injured students, individuals fleeing campus, and the entire scene as it is often captured by the news coverage. One of the students killed was an honors student of mine and I think about her, where her life was ended, and the memorial erected to her, nearly every day. She and the event are never far from my thoughts.\tI don't worry. I know it will happen on my new campus. I have considered my options if such another event happens to me here--where will I go, how will I survive, what will I need to do to help save others? I'm always aware, I always strategize about such an event. But no, I don't worry because worry is pointless.\tWe have become a fatalistic society, willing, through our gun laws and cultural structures, to see a few sacrificed so that the many can enjoy their Constitutional right (which is by no means how it was originally intended) to own virtually any kind of weapon without any kind of oversight. I'm tired of all of those who have not experienced such a massacre telling those of us who have how we should think about it, react to it, and simply accept it. The lives lost on the news are always abstract, the event is abstract, and people send thoughts and prayers when what we need is action and reform. \t1\t1\tPeople send thoughts and prayers when what we need is action and reform. 12/3/2015 16:11:18\tOccasionally, a few times each semester. \tI do seem more aware of exits and escape routes wherever I go. I'm aware of possible barricades and improvised weapons in classrooms and offices.\tI do not fear a campus shooting but I am aware of it as a small, but very real potential risk.\t1\t3\tI'm aware of possible barricades and improvised weapons in classrooms and offices. 12/3/2015 16:11:19\tEvery time I tell a student something that they do not want to hear.\tI sometimes find myself not addressing certain behaviors with students who seem volatile because I don't want to set them off.\t\t1\t2\tI sometimes find myself not addressing certain behaviors with students who seem volatile. 12/3/2015 16:12:00\tOften — more than once a week during busy, high-stress times like midterms and finals. I work in the library, and there are thousands of people in the building during peak times. I worry about helping students get out in the event of a shooter situation. \tYes. I've attended two "active shooter" training sessions -- one at my previous campus and one at my current job. I have mapped my best route out of the building, both from my office and from the classrooms I teach in. \tThis year, with all of the mass shootings that have happened in the U.S., I've been dreaming of relocating to Australia, Canada, or a Scandinavian country.\t1\t2\tI have mapped my best route out of the building, both from my office and from the classrooms I teach in. 12/3/2015 16:12:53\tEvery day.\tI do, every time I have a conduct meeting where the student is frustrated with the results, I worry about if that student could come to campus with a gun searching for me. It definitely affects how I act in those meetings. I try and remain likeable through it "just in case." I've also begun thinking of escape routes or places to hide if I get the emergency alert. \tThe increase of gun violence on campuses has affected my job search process for next year. Even thinking about internationally searching. \t1\t1\tThe increase of gun violence on campuses has affected my job search process for next year. 12/3/2015 16:13:01\tI don't think about it. Worrying about what if's is not a valuable use of anyone's time. Campuses that are taking active measures to educate and train employees and students about how to protect themselves in the event of a mass shooting should be applauded for their efforts.
Beyond campus trainings and emergency plans, the only thing left to protect citizens in a civilized society is the passing of stiffer gun control laws and stiffer punishment for perpetrators of crimes committed with guns. We should take a lesson from the United Kingdom which reportedly has one of lowest rates of gun homicides in the world.\tAlthough I don't worry about gun violence on campus, it may be because I've been the victim of assault twice in my life, once at age 14 and once in my early 20s. In both incidents I was able to use my wits to defend myself against my assailants. While neither situation involved a gun, I learned from those experiences that anything can happen at any time, and to try to keep your wits about you and remain calm.\t\t1\t5\tWorrying about what if's is not a valuable use of anyone's time. 12/3/2015 16:13:42\tI have a CCW permit and training, so i tend to briefly consider the possibility of a mass violence most places i go. I try to practice good situational awareness. I don't really worry about it much at school. I attend a small private seminary in Colorado. Per state law the school is not required to ban guns. Most of the students are older adult males (30-50). To my knowledge most if not all of the faculty carries as well as most of the student body. It is a Bible school, so there is a larger than usual chance of whackos trying something, but I feel sorry for them if they try it. They will not get very far. \tI carry everywhere that it legal, so it does not change my behavior. The part of town is not the best so i am a bit more aware when there, but most people in the neighborhood have a positive opinion of the school. \tWhen my children are looking at college I will try to encourage them toward schools that allow/encourage CC.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:15:04\tI have thought about it and it seems like it is in my mind a lot more often now. I would say that I think about it a couple of times a week. \tI absolutely do not let it affect my behavior. Living with the fear of a potential shooting would affect my work. \t\t1\t3\tI have thought about it and it seems like it is in my mind a lot more often now. 12/3/2015 16:15:55\tOccasionally.\tI always try to be situationally aware, know where the exits are. \tI wish government and academic institutions would legalize and allow citizens to carry their legal firearms. \t1\t3\tI always try to be situationally aware, know where the exits are. 12/3/2015 16:15:56\tWeekly.\tIt makes me wish I didn't have to wait until August 2017 to be able to carry on campus at my Texas community college.\tThere will be some negatives associated with campus carry, but they will not outweigh the positives.\t1\t2\tIt makes me wish I didn't have to wait until August 2017 to be able to carry on campus. 12/3/2015 16:16:04\tFrequently. \tNever. I am a licensed concealed carry holder, and do so every day. I refuse to be a victim. \tTake responsibility for your own safety. Learn how to safely use firearms. Learn situational awareness. \t1\t3\tTake responsibility for your own safety. Learn how to safely use firearms. Learn situational awareness. 12/3/2015 16:16:22\tI think about it a few times a week but daily when it is the beginning of the school year, midterms, and finals. I most often think about it when I have to teach in a large lecture hall. If I am teaching, I think about how I will most likely be the first to die due to the fact that I am standing in the front of the lecture hall nearest to the doors. \tI often find myself trying to scan my students for behavioral cues that may suggest they'd be prone to snapping under pressure. I am an educator on a Texas campus where the gun culture is robust, to say the least. I think guns are normalized here and that many of my students own handguns or have handguns that have been given to them by their parents. I make assumptions about my students and hold back from pushing them to think or grow because it's not worth the deaths of other students. \tI'd really like to teach somewhere in Canada or perhaps one of the Scandinavian countries because the increasing social psychosis of the coddled and self-righteous American student is out of control. I chose an academic career because I have an unyielding desire to learn, grow, explore, and push for the empirical truth. I wholeheartedly feel the point of education is not to provide students with a special certified gateway to a job. University should not be like a business transaction where the students are our clients. We are now living in a reality where the "customer"/student carries a gun onto campus and demands we give them what they want. University is not a time for gold stars, it is uncomfortable and learning is challenging, it is not a business... It is to make our species better.
If only God could save us.\t1\t2\tI often find myself trying to scan my students for behavioral cues. 12/3/2015 16:16:31\tNot often.\t\tBad people do bad things. It is smart to think about how to respond to an active shooter. To live in fear of an active shooter is foolish.\t1\t4\tTo live in fear of an active shooter is foolish. 12/3/2015 16:16:37\tEvery time I hear about one in the news. What is it now, once a week? \tI don't want to be on campus at night. I worry about whether students who struggle with depression or anger might come to class armed. \tMy campus has no way to keep me secure. I don't even have a key to my classroom. I have no way to signal for help. My campus has no emergency alert intercom or loud speaker. \t1\t2\tI worry about whether students who struggle with depression or anger might come to class armed. 12/3/2015 16:16:43\tDaily to weekly.\tYes, I seek training and opportunities to upgrade our campus's awareness and preparedness. I also seek to educate our faculty, staff, and students about our Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Teams so that we can intervene before a situation escalates to violence.\tI am the Dean of Students at a small urban university and I share the responsibility for student safety with our Director of Public Safety.\t1\t2\tI seek training and opportunities to upgrade our campus's awareness and preparedness. 12/3/2015 16:18:45\tDaily, every few hours, maybe more.\tI think about this a lot. How much stress is it causing? I feel more easily overwhelmed when the work piles on, but at the same time the most noticeable feeling is that of helplessness. \tOur campus struggles with the idea of an active shooter. Training sessions have increased, but the training videos leave you feeling one thing and that is nobody wins. I am so affected by my general worry on this topic that I cannot present the videos to my class without needing to take the day off from being so overcome with depression and anxiety. Our campus has so many entrances, so many windows, doors with windows, doors that do not lock from the inside. It's scary being in the cross-hairs. \t1\t1\tOur campus has so many entrances, so many windows, doors with windows, doors that do not lock from the inside. 12/3/2015 16:18:55\tEvery day.\tI think about how to get everyone in the office to a safe space and how to bar or make my own office safe in the event of a live shooter. If the opportunity presented itself, for me to fight back, I have thought having a baseball bat in my office might be helpful.\t\t1\t1\tI think about how to get everyone in the office to a safe space. 12/3/2015 16:18:59\tEvery time there is a mass shooting on another campus.\tI am more vigilant of my surroundings and I am more wishful of the RIGHT to carry on campus.\tThe government needs to STOP forcing us to become victims of these violent crimes by forcing us to be unarmed.\t1\t3\tThe government needs to STOP forcing us to become victims of these violent crimes by forcing us to be unarmed. 12/3/2015 16:19:00\tI think about what I'd do in an active shooter situation about once or so a week. It's not necessarily a "fear for my life thing," but rather a "since I cannot carry on campus, what would I do if this rare and horrible situation would happen."\tIt affects my behavior in that I exercise my political rights to campaign for campus carry. I also keep a lookout for suspicious behavior.\tI work and attend classes at two different institutions and it's scary that I am denied the most effective tool for defending myself. These monsters clearly do not care about laws or morals, and it's frustrating that the only people who are stopped from carrying on campus are the good, law-abiding citizens who could potentially be in a position to stop the monsters.\t1\t2\tIt affects my behavior in that I exercise my political rights to campaign for campus carry. 12/3/2015 16:20:05\tPrior to yesterday, not much.\tIt really doesn't, but I'm rethinking that.\tGuns kill, not people.\t1\t4\tGuns kill, not people. 12/3/2015 16:20:13\tEveryday. I work late on campus most nights and have to take the bus off campus to get my car in a parking garage. I've had men take an interest and follow me off campus before. Normally I would be allowed the right to conceal carry at most other work places, but because I work on campus, I'm put at risk every time I start my nightly journey to my car in a dark parking garage. \tI'm aware of the exits based on where I sit in a room. I take note of places that would be a good source of cover or hiding place. I make sure to have my keys and cell phone at the ready when I go anywhere. \tIf I worked at most any other office building I would be allowed the right to defend myself (being 26 and having gone through the training to be a CHL holder), but because I work at a public university, if im attacked while at work or on my way to my car, I better hope I can out run them otherwise I'm dead. What separates a university from a shopping mall, the Texas state capital, or a church? Worry about the crazy people that will harm others despite what a sign says. I am a law abiding citizen, allow me the means to defend myself if I so choose. \t1\t1\tI make sure to have my keys and cell phone at the ready when I go anywhere. 12/3/2015 16:21:07\tNot often. Statistically the numbers nor the probability of a campus shooting do not worry me.\tN/A\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:22:07\tEvery time I get a report of criminal activity around campus.\tYes. I try to always have an escape route in case I hear something. I also advocate for campus carry so that there might be good guys with guns around.\tIt's ridiculous that we cannot defend ourselves on campus. This is just further evidence on how anti-American the university system really is...\t1\t3\t I try to always have an escape route in case I hear something. 12/3/2015 16:22:25\tProbably once a week.\tYes. I get concerned when a person enters the room after class has started and I'm catching them out of my peripheral vision. While we are not allowed to conceal carry firearms on campus, the thought has at least crossed my mind to keep a firearm in my office for personal protection and the protection of the students (we are in rural America and this suggestion does not raise a huge flag like it might on other campuses).\tThe idea of an active shooter or act of violence on campus is a concern for me at a small community college. We have students who are more frequently reporting depression and struggling through class. I can foresee a time in the near future where a non-academic job might provide a higher sense of physical security than teaching at a public institution of higher education.\t1\t2\tI get concerned when a person enters the room after class has started. 12/3/2015 16:22:49\tMultiple times a day.\tYes, it has increased my alertness and stress levels. With no legal means to defend myself, I am at the complete mercy of any potential attacker, which is deeply disturbing. \tIf you look scientifically at every campus shooting tragedy that takes place in this country and remove the emotional aspect of it, you will find that practically every case takes place in a "gun free zone." How can criminals use guns to harm people in places where it is illegal to have them? Well, it is (not so) common sense that only good, law abiding citizens follow the law. This leaves the "bad guys" (anyone who wishes to prey on the weak and innocent) free to commit unspeakable evil without any fear of resistance. The simplest, fastest, and most effective measure against this sort of incident is to allow legal concealed carry permit holders to exercise the same rights on campus as they do off campus. As it stands, there is nothing to stop criminals from carrying weapons on campus. College students deserve the right to defend their life no matter if it is in jeopardy on or off campus. \t1\t1\tWith no legal means to defend myself, I am at the complete mercy of any potential attacker. 12/3/2015 16:23:06\tWeekly. \tIt just adds stress, makes me more aware of my surroundings.\t\t1\t2\tIt just adds stress, makes me more aware of my surroundings. 12/3/2015 16:23:13\tDaily.\tI am fearful, but it manifests itself as friendliness. I want everyone to like me enough not to shoot me! I also avoid crowds, large open spaces, both interiors and exterior. I am mostly afraid of criticizing my staff or co-workers. Even when it is right to correct a person, I avoid doing so. I do not know who has a gun in their car or who has been pushed to the edge by circumstances outside of work!\tWe have already had a campus shooting in my town, although not at my institution. My husband and I both work in higher education as faculty, and fear does take a subtle toll on us, our colleagues, and our students.\t1\t1\tFear does take a subtle toll on us, our colleagues, and our students. 12/3/2015 16:23:50\tNot terribly often, and we had an incident two years ago today in which a report came in to the police about a student headed to campus with a gun. He had a rifle in his car, parked off-campus. When he was walking on to campus, the police found a loaded handgun in his possession. I missed the notification and, rounding a blind corner in my building's stairwell, was met by SWAT officers with rifles trained on my chest. Fortunately, they exercised great trigger control! Spent the better part of the day in lock-down in my office. At least I was able to get some writing done!\tNot very much, but I've always been cautious anyway. I don't see much point in "worrying" about it. I know what to do in an emergency situation, and IF something was to happen on my campus, hopefully that would help me to survive.\t\t1\t4\tI don't see much point in 'worrying' about it. I know what to do in an emergency situation. 12/3/2015 16:24:12\tEvery day I worry that my children (a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man) will be unarmed when confronted by evil. \tI pray both my children are observant and keep their heads on a swivel, always play the "what if" game, and have gumption to flee or fight with ferocity should the worst confront them. \tNobody else is responsible for your safety but YOU. \t1\t1\tI pray both my children are observant and keep their heads on a swivel. 12/3/2015 16:24:15\talot\tyes\tget gun carry permit ot protect myself\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:25:21\tOften...\tNO...\tI think universities should let folks with a CCW license carry a firearm....\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:26:00\tRarely. As someone who spent many years in media, I'm well aware that the media often give a distorted view of life, making it seem more violent and more dangerous than it actually is. (See George Gerbner's work on the "mean world syndrome," for example.) So, when I hear about mass shootings, I feel sad about them, of course; but I mainly feel frustrated that our congress is so controlled by the National Rifle Association that we can't pass the common sense gun laws that might minimize the violent actions or at least make assault-style weapons harder to get. \tSee below.\tLucky for me, I live in a "Blue State," where we are not dominated by gun culture. Yes, there are parts of our state where guns are more popular, but by and large, the attitudes prevalent in certain Red States have not become influential, nor have they affected local government policies. Still, I know all too well that no matter where a person might live, getting guns is all too easy; and those who want them (whether gangs or individual criminals, or just law-abiding hunters & sport shooters) are familiar with the legal and illegal methods for acquiring weapons. My attitude is that my campus is probably safe, but life in general has become more polarized and many people in society as a whole seem to be more impatient and more angry. Will that lead to gun violence? It could — for example, someone on the highway (I have to drive to work) could decide I cut them off in traffic and shoot at me. But should we live in fear? I don't think that's a useful response, especially since over all, the crime rate has been declining, based on statistics I've seen. So, for the most part, I guess my attitude is that my life is no more in danger now than it was before. I'm just increasingly frustrated by how some people seem to feel that the way to solve problems or make some point is to take a gun and shoot innocent people.\t1\t4\tShould we live in fear? I don't think that's a useful response. 12/3/2015 16:26:23\tAlmost everyday.\tMakes me wish all faculty, staff, and administration could carry concealed weapons to defend themselves, their students, and their campus.\tAs a professor, I believe all faculty should be able to be able defend themselves against campus shooters. I don't understand how people who are so educated can (and do) call for laws abolishing the second amendment on college campuses.\t1\t2\tAs a professor, I believe all faculty should be able to be able defend themselves against campus shooters. 12/3/2015 16:29:12\tDaily.\tI went to a training on what to do in an armed gunman situation. They told us to run, hide, and fight, in that order. I've taken up running in order to make sure I have the stamina to run far and fast in case of a mass shooting.\tI am honestly surprised there hasn't been a shooting yet at my university. There have been several bomb threats, one of which is still under investigation. Some friends of my husband's work at Northern Illinois University, where there was a shooting several years ago. I now think that dying in a mass shooting is actually more likely for me than dying from other causes, such as illness or a car accident. That's probably statistically false, but it is how it feels to me now.\t1\t1\tI am honestly surprised there hasn't been a shooting yet at my university. 12/3/2015 16:29:26\tNot often but it could happen.\tWhat can I do? The people in charge won't allow me to use the best tool to defend myself.\tSitting ducks-r-us.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:29:28\tIt crosses my mind occasionally, especially after a mass shooting at another institution.\tI jump at loud noises. If I am working with a student who seems "off" I am compassionate and professional but try to finish the appointment.\t\t1\t3\tI jump at loud noises. 12/3/2015 16:29:36\tI think about it every time there is a mass shooting on the news. I think about my safety plan, and how I might protect my students. \tI think about what I will do if I see or hear something threatening. I have a plan for if I am in class, or if I am in my office. I think about safe exits where ever I am on campus. It doesn't affect my behavior, but it's in the back of my mind.\tI hope all campus safety departments have worked with faculty and staff to develop a safety plan. But if not, a note to faculty: Blocking doors to classrooms will only let the shooter know there are potential targets in the room. Instead, lights out, and make the class look empty from window views. My spouse is a K-12 resource officer. That's what he suggests. That's my plan, I hope others have thought of it. \t1\t2\tIt doesn't affect my behavior, but it's in the back of my mind. 12/3/2015 16:29:51\tNearly every day. I am Director of Financial Aid at a mid-sized university located in a large metropolitan area.\tYes. I am more alert on campus, especially at large events. I ask our administration about their plans frequently. So far there aren't any plans for enhancing security.\tI am saddened that our country is fixating on the tools that people utilize to hurt other people, instead of why America has such a violence-infected culture. Gun control is useless unless we address the root cause! We seem to ignore that, foolishly thinking if we remove the tools (guns) then our land will be filled with peace, comfort and butterfly gardens. Sick people will still kill, just using other tools.Why are they sick? Why is our culture madly in love with violence?\t1\t2\tI am more alert on campus, especially at large events. 12/3/2015 16:30:17\tOnly when I see it on the news. \tNope. Most of the professors are packing on campus at SHSU. I seriously doubt a mass shooting would occur. We would have it taken care of pretty quickly.\tInvent a time machine to FF to when it's legal to carry on campus. I've got my gun....just need for it to be legal to carry.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:30:18\tQuite a lot since Oregon. I don't particularly want to have a gun in the house or on campus, but I am not against guns. And my daughter is starting to talk about why we should have one.\tI'm now retired but may teach one class spring quarter. My wife still teaches. Chances of surviving an active shooter situation, short of jumping out of a window, are better if you try in any way to defend yourself. My plan would be to pick up a chair or desk and charge the sob. I would at least have some protection in front of me and a tool to wrap around the assailant's neck. I would also hope that at least one of my students would help out, perhaps even by taking out their concealed weapon.\tGun control is not the solution. There are 88,000 deaths a year due to alcohol abuse, but only 36,000 due to guns (including suicide and accidents). Obviously, we should go back to alcohol prohibition! And do something about the psychotropic drugs that seem to be relevant in many of these shooter situations.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:31:02\tMaybe a few times a month, not often. Mostly when there are other mass casualty events in the news. I think about other forms of violence far more frequently, almost daily when walking on campus at night.\tIt certainly makes me more hesitant to go to some areas of campus at night.\tAs a well trained concealed carry permit/license holder, I see very little reason behind the "no gun" policy on campus (clearly those policies don't always work). It's not so much that I fear for my safety IN class, but more that I have concerns when going to/from class. We have had several armed robberies on campus this year. The criminals know we're unarmed and have expensive laptops in our backpacks, we're sitting ducks.\t1\t3\tIt certainly makes me more hesitant to go to some areas of campus at night. 12/3/2015 16:31:14\tVery often, at least once a week or more. I also know that my staff and my faculty colleagues think of it often.\tIt influences me to think about what training we have done and when it is next needed in terms of workplace safety and emergency response to things like active shooter situations. I know it causes our faculty to think twice about whether to discipline a student (or even start the process). I have had faculty ask for plain-clothes police officers in the classroom because they were nervous a student was going to do them or others serious harm, including gun violence. \tUniversities/colleges/campuses need to provide more training and response resources - put more money and urgency behind these efforts to prepare people for what we hope will never happen, but are very afraid will happen!\t1\t2\tI have had faculty ask for plain-clothes police officers in the classroom. 12/3/2015 16:31:38\tNever\tI don't worry\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:32:01\tEvery week.\tOf course, it makes me wary all the time now.\tAs a college professor, I recognize there are always disgruntled students. Some of them are younger than 26 years of age, so their frontal lobes have not finished development, and that is where judgment lies. Many do not have any knowledge of anger management. We also have severe inequality in Las Vegas, and there are many veterans suffering from PTSD. Some attend the college, and also people who work with drones ... they are used to violence and perform violent acts. I always wonder what their mental states might be. The school has posted signs everywhere as to what to do if there is a live shooter. So, we have made that "possibility" a part of our everyday culture. Every classroom has an emergency phone. Campus Security wants every classroom and all building doors to be shut so they can lock them by pressing a button if the need arises. In my judgment, it seems like these security measures are mostly window dressing for liability purposes rather than effective measures. Oh, and our legislature recently considered a measure allowing guns on campus. Reason seems to have prevailed and it was voted down, but among the population, there is a real interest and possibility of rekindling that idea. I feel I live in an environment that requires being continually vigilant, and deep inside, in a permanent state of veiled fear and uneasiness. \t1\t2\tOf course, it makes me wary all the time now. 12/3/2015 16:32:30\tDaily.\tAlthough my campus is one that is likely considered low-risk, we have alerts come through from time to time about guns or bombs. One day I had to be at a meeting the morning after an alert. I attended, but my trust in the university's "all clear" message was incomplete. Although my field is (ostensibly) far from this issue, it has become organic to class discussions. As I prepared the week that mentioned Paris, there was the Paris incident. As I prepared material on the President, including his presence at Clementa Pinckney's funeral, there was the Planned Parenthood shooting. While these are not school shootings, I am keenly aware of the presence of gun violence on campus and off as well. I wonder about my students' experience. And while I am scrupulous about keeping my own politics to myself in interactions with students, I can no longer maintain the belief that these issues are "political." I still limit my in-class utterances to course content, but more and more it seems that gun violence seeps into every corner.\tA grad student was heading off to visit a friend of hers at UT. It was a very strange sensation to worry about her safety on a campus that has chosen to permit guns. My Department has a clique of bullies on the faculty. Other faculty are already hesitant to stand up to them. More and more, I fear that one of them will come in with a gun one day. Although I have been informed by a mental health expert that there is little possibility of this, I also understand that shootings beget shootings. The more reflexive, vague fears have turned into overt, specific ones.The fear that enables gender inequity becomes more explicit and tangible. It is already the case at my university that aggressive men are indulged and women are expected to appease them. The constant reminders of guns underscore that women are right to be afraid of men (etc.) and even that administrators are not foolish for indulging gender-based aggression. Verbal violence against women is more clearly related now to wider currents.\t1\t1\tThe more reflexive, vague fears have turned into overt, specific ones. 12/3/2015 16:33:10\tAt least weekly.\tI try to avoid being on campus in the evenings. Also, I have a concealed weapons permit and even though it is not legal to carry a weapon on campus you can have one in your vehicle. I am strongly considering doing so.\tThough it may not be politically correct, I believe that faculty/staff and administrators who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon should be able to do so on campus. Carpe Dieim may need to be supported by Semper Paratus. \t1\t2\tI try to avoid being on campus in the evenings. 12/3/2015 16:34:47\tNot often or until it comes up in the news.\tIf it ever does, I just keep my eyes open and my head on a swivel.\tI don't know the answer for how to solve this problem but I do know that less bad people with guns and more good people (like cops or highly trained individuals) would help.\t1\t4\tI just keep my eyes open and my head on a swivel. 12/3/2015 16:36:17\tWhen I hear about one happening in another place — university or not.\tI work in an administrative office on campus and we have occasion to make people mad at us. We have secured our offices and have panic buttons on our desks. The university offered active shooter training which we took. If there is someone who is causing concern and may be upset at someone in the office, we get a picture of them and it is posted at the reception desk. I feel about as prepared as you can be.\tI am more worried about my daughter who works in California and the possibility of her getting caught in some kind of random gang related violence.\t1\t3\tWe have secured our offices and have panic buttons on our desks. 12/3/2015 16:36:41\tWeekly.\tYes, I'm more aware of my surroundings and the behavior of others.\t\t1\t2\tI'm more aware of my surroundings and the behavior of others. 12/3/2015 16:38:13\tMany times daily: At UT Austin, the classroom carry controversy is in full force. I am afraid of a shooting each time I step outside of my building, including trips to the library, or just walking from my building to my car. I also often think about it when I have class and specifically wonder if I should lock the door. I avoid going to most places on campus or walking around. I am isolating myself and engaging less in the community, as it is no longer a community I consider safe.\t\tEven if the law is such that most undergraduates are disallowed weapons, and even though the law has not gone into effect yet, I fear for my life now. I do not believe that all undergraduates (or citizens in general, for that matter) are fully informed of the details of the law, including restrictions. As the law is in the public forum right now, I also believe that many folks may believe that it is already in effect.\t1\t1\tI am isolating myself and engaging less in the community, as it is no longer a community I consider safe. 12/3/2015 16:38:20\tNot often.\tNo.\tThe likelihood is extremely low. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:38:45\tHonestly, I think about this throughout each day. I carry my keys and cellphone with me at all times, even to go get water in the office kitchen, because I want to always be sure that I can get to my car and be able to call my family in the event of a shooting. \tI haven't changed my work-a-day habits, but I do find that I think about exit routes wherever I am on campus. The thought of having to protect myself is constantly in the back of my mind.\tFor me, it not about it feeling like a matter of "if," but "when."\t1\t1\tThe thought of having to protect myself is constantly in the back of my mind. 12/3/2015 16:39:02\tNot daily, but frequently. Especially when students that give off creepy vibes (stare at you, flat affect, ask too many personal questions) complain about their grades. One of my female colleagues was so threatened by a disgruntled male student that he ended up being banned from campus. I also worry about stressed out colleagues under high pressure to perform. There are a few in my department that can be unpredictably verbally aggressive.\tIt makes me worried about giving students the bad grades they earned. Will a disgruntled students take out their anger about failing on me? I also try to avoid campus as much as possible or close my door when I work on campus — the less potential for hostile interaction the better.\t\t1\t2\tWill a disgruntled students take out their anger about failing on me? 12/3/2015 16:39:07\tWith 40,000 students of the most ethnically and culturally diverse students on the planet on my campus, located in a suburban area of a city where mass violence such as rioting occurs almost cyclically every few years, I am dumbfounded that there has not yet been a mass shooting on campus. I would wager that one will occur within the next five to ten years.\tGun violence is a regular occurrence in the areas surrounding my campus, with over 400 gun-related murders in the city in which my campus is located in 2015. Yet the campus is a "gun-free zone." Surely having a sign up stating that will deter all the criminals that would want to take advantage of an unarmed populace. Never mind the armed robberies on campus.\tWe have the second amendment to the Constitution which trumps the irregular passions of the masses. Gun are here to stay, and absent an all out civil war, the second amendment is not going away. Guns will be a part of life in the United States for the foreseeable future. Presently, the criminals have guns, which is why gun violence is so astronomically high. I would propose establishing anti-crime public militias consistent with the second amendment that require a well-trained, competent citizenry, which in turn can declare their position in the militia to the university and be allowed to carry weapons just like police. These are individuals that would be held to a high standard for using their guns, supplement the police force, and be able to eliminate the threat of mass shootings.\t1\t2\tI am dumbfounded that there has not yet been a mass shooting on campus. 12/3/2015 16:40:04\tAlmost every day that I am in class — I feel like I am a sitting duck. The amount of people I have come across on my campus with forms of antisocial and personality disorders is overwhelming. I feel with the amount of mental illness I have seen personally on my campus, it troubles me that I am not able to protect myself if need be.\tI would say that it causes me to be overly suspicious of everyone I come in contact with on campus. I was always taught through my training to devise a plan to keep myself safe and with campuses being deemed "gun-free zones" it makes it very hard for me to do that. I feel very uncomfortable and unsafe knowing that if shots were to be fired, campus police are minutes away.\tThere are plenty of American college students who have the training and ability to neutralize an active shooter situation. It is time to let them be able to carry concealed and put an end to the slaughtering of innocent lives. An armed society is a polite society, and I truly believe that people would avoid campuses if they knew there was a chance someone was there to put up armed resistance. \t1\t2\tI feel very uncomfortable and unsafe knowing that if shots were to be fired, campus police are minutes away. 12/3/2015 16:41:03\tRarely, if ever. It may briefly cross my mind just after hearing about such a thing happening elsewhere in the news.\tI don't worry about it, and it doesn't change my behavior in any substantial way.\tAs a matter of principle, I think that students who are legally licensed to carry concealed weapons should be allowed to do so on campus. I have no idea whether having a few armed students around would curtail or shorten a maniac's shooting spree, but it could not possibly hurt — and more importantly, none of the arguments against campus carry make any sense. The most common anti-campus carry argument amounts to, "Arguments will escalate into gunfights," which is simply asinine. If that were true, then the tens of thousands of people who are legally carrying concealed weapons OFF campus would be getting into gunfights over trivial arguments too. There is no such epidemic.\t1\t4\tI think that students who are legally licensed to carry concealed weapons should be allowed to do so on campus. 12/3/2015 16:41:35\tRegularly, at least once a week.\tThe building I work in has been occupied in the past. It wasn't handled very well and my staff are rightfully concerned about their safety. Our entire building is going through active shooter training. We've had formal training as well as a drill. This spring, there will be a large active shooter training held on campus at our building. This is training for campus and local police, fire department, and other first-responders. As a result of this training, we are looking at changing some of our physical space (doors, front counter) and are implementing text alerts that go to management within the building every time a panic button is hit.\tThis training has bled over into my personal life. My husband and I have had many discussions about the active shooter training I've had. And sadly, with the regular mass shootings throughout the nation, we've had ample opportunity to think about how we might respond in various scenarios.\t1\t2\tOur entire building is going through active shooter training. 12/3/2015 16:42:10\tOccasionally. Although my college (knock on wood) seems to have a fairly friendly and collegial environment, I can't help thinking about it when something happens elsewhere. \tNot really, but it gets me to think about what I would do in such a situation, and how unprepared I am. I haven't received any training of any sort on what to do in case of an emergency (the whole hide-in-place drill that the teachers at Sandy Hook apparently knew how to do). Maybe colleges should add that to the new faculty orientation, just like FERPA. \t\t1\t3\tI haven't received any training of any sort on what to do in case of an emergency. 12/3/2015 16:44:08\tAbout once a week.\tWhile I do worry a bit, it doesn't affect my behavior.\tOurs is a rather quiet community college in East LA, but then the college in Oregon where there was an attack was a quiet little college. Ours is 35,000, but there's a sherriff's station on campus, so that militates against their being an violence or crime on campus. It would be hard to get away with.\t1\t2\tWhile I do worry a bit, it doesn't affect my behavior. 12/3/2015 16:44:38\tI think about this occasionally; but, in all honesty, I've thought about this back in the 1990s (I've been at a major research university for 35 years.). I used to quasi-joke about it with colleagues on social occasions, even though nothing like this had yet happened anywhere.
But, it seemed to me to be the perfect environment for some deranged student who, instead of taking responsibility for his/her poor performance, could sneak a gun into a classroom and shoot the professor. I've always taught very large classes (300 to 400), which adds the element of anonymity for a potential perpetrator. When it eventually began happening for various reasons on the part of the shooters, it sort of add substance to what I had thought might/could happen, sadly.
\tI think about it only occasionally, but it's not affected my behavior at all except for trying to be vigilant, which is almost impossible with 400 students in a lecture hall.\tI hate to say it, but one contributing factor might be the "entitled millennial" generation. They are used to getting whatever they want. Then, when entering college, they find they actually have to work for success, probably for the first time ever. When they don't get rewarded for what they've always been rewarded for, such anxiety coupled with their perceived importance of getting the great grades they got in high school (mostly unearned--that's what they tell me!) sets in, and if there is any kind of personality instability, it might set them over the edge. BUT, I'm only guessing. In reality, I don't know.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:44:44\tOnly when they occur elsewhere and are in the news.\tNo\tOpen carry in Texas will change my concern. Once this begins I'll be more aware of guns, but not really mass shootings.\t1\t4\tOpen carry in Texas will change my concern. 12/3/2015 16:44:51\tEvery day.\tMore suspicious of student behavior.\tThis problem needs to be addressed or students and faculty will only teach/take online courses.\t1\t1\tThis problem needs to be addressed or students and faculty will only teach/take online courses. 12/3/2015 16:45:03\tEvery time a mass shooting is in the news.\tI'm super cautious, a low level of anxiety. It's not just a fear of someone losing it or with an agenda, it's also crime surrounding the campus. There is not much one can do about someone with an agenda, but I am certainly hyper vigilant about what is around me.\tWe have dealt with a lot of troubled students. Sometimes there is a troubled employee. We also have a very large contingent of international students. Sometimes we have troubled international students. Being part of a multicultural family, I am very concerned about becoming prejudiced, while at the same time I don't want to be foolish about what I am dealing with either. It's a delicate balance. We have dealt with circumstances that in a more conservative academic setting would have had a very negative outcome for the troubled student involved. I strongly believe that compassion and kindness can be a powerful weapon. We have to challenge ourselves to make certain we don't carry any negative baggage in our interactions with others.\t1\t3\tEvery time a mass shooting is in the news. 12/3/2015 16:45:28\tEvery. Damn. Day. I think about it when I am getting ready to go to class in the morning, on my drive to class, while I am on campus, while I am in class. It is a constant thought the whole time I am on campus. This goes down to where I choose to sit in a classroom, the route I take to get from one class to another, the route I take to get back to my vehicle, avoidance of crowds is mandatory.\tI am always cautious, on alert. I avoid going to sporting events or even to the college drama departments plays. Typically I avoid any places where I have to be unarmed with my concealed carry permit; however, since I want an education I am forced to choose between bettering myself and the quality of life for my family and putting my life in danger. I am prior military, and a former federal law enforcement officer, so I have been exceptionally trained and know all to well the danger that is possible and inevitable in gun free zones.\tHistory has proven gun-free zones do not work. Sstrenuous gun laws do not work. However, history has also shown us that where the people are allowed to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights and either open carry or conceal carry that probability of an active-shooter scenario is greatly diminished. How is it that we as citizens can be denied our Constitutional Right? The 2A has nothing to do with hunting, it is all about protection. I know all to well from my experience as a law-enforcement officer that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.\t1\t1\tWhen seconds count, the police are only minutes away. 12/3/2015 16:45:40\tIt could happen at any point in time. I don't think of it all the time but know that it's a reality, that it could happen. College campus are gun free zones so that makes them easy targets because no one can fight back in the even of a shooting. I think about it a few times a month. \tI worry about violence on campus. A gun is nothing more than a tool used. People are the ones that commit evil acts on one another and causing violence. The guns are not the problem; it's a mental illness It affects my behavior because school campuses are gun-free zones stating that in the event of an attack, I'm left defenseless of my own protection. I worry about how can I protect myself in that event without my gun. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.\tGuns are not a problem. Mental illness and radical Islam are the problem. \t1\t4\tIn the event of an attack, I'm left defenseless. 12/3/2015 16:45:48\tAlmost daily.\tIt doesn't affect my behavior ... my time is my time.\t\t1\t2\tIt doesn't affect my behavior ... my time is my time. 12/3/2015 16:47:07\tNever.\tAs a private institution, under Texas law, the university has opted to continue the current NO GUNS policy (except campus police).\tThere have been 355 mass shootings (involving at least 4 deaths or grievous bodily harm) in this country so far this year (2015). It can happen anywhere at any time. Until we have good gun control, I'm ALWAYS worried.\t1\t5\tIt can happen anywhere at any time. Until we have good gun control, I'm ALWAYS worried. 12/3/2015 16:50:24\tEvery day.\tMy co-workers routinely plan our exit routes.\t\t1\t1\tMy co-workers routinely plan our exit routes. 12/3/2015 16:50:35\tEvery day.\tI am a chl holder. I park close to any building I work in and leave my gun locked in my car.\tI was shot in school in 6th grade. A gun-free zone sign does not stop bullets. I support the second amendment to its fullest. \t1\t1\tA gun-free zone sign does not stop bullets. 12/3/2015 16:50:44\tEvery day.\tI never used to bring my phone to class with me. Now I always have it. Otherwise, I do not do anything.\tMy students have all grown up since Columbine. They've all got plans. "I always sit near the door." Or, "I always sit facing the door," or "by the window" or "in the corner." They have thought about what they would do. They almost all oppose campus carry, even conservative hunting-culture students in Oklahoma. No one thinks guns on campus would be a good idea. Students know how much students drink, how many of them are crazy, and how distraught people get. I think they're more afraid than I am.\t1\t1\tMy students have all grown up since Columbine. They've all got plans. 12/3/2015 16:51:19\tI think about this almost every day.\tIt has not affected my behavior as I work a private university and the rules already do not allow guns, so there is not much more I can about my own safety.\t\t1\t2\tThere is not much more I can about my own safety. 12/3/2015 16:51:30\tVERY OFTEN\tYES, I WILL RUN AWAY AND NOT COME BACK\tRETIRE\t0 12/3/2015 16:51:45\tIt has never crossed my mind.\t\tI'm more likely to be hit by lightning.\t1\t5\tI'm more likely to be hit by lightning. 12/3/2015 16:52:21\tAll the time as it is a gun free zone with nothing stopping a potential attacker\tAs I am unable to legally defend myself, I think about ways to run away or hide which puts my classmates at risk.\tThe omission of concealed carry on campus is a true breach of one's right to life and right to protect one's life.\t1\t1\tThe omission of concealed carry on campus is a true breach of one's right to life and right to protect one's life. 12/3/2015 16:52:42\tOnce in a while.\tI'm more mindful of my surroundings.\tOur men and women in uniform cannot be everyone at once. I would support allowing students and faculty to carry concealed weapons at my institution.\t1\t3\tI'm more mindful of my surroundings 12/3/2015 16:52:59\tJust as much as a fire inside a building. \tWe do worry knowing criminals do not follow laws in any occasion. Only law abiding citizen will follow set laws and regulations. \tThere's always the thought of violence in any environment. It may be in campus or just outside your residence. We must stay alert without a vigilante mindset. \t1\t3\tThere's always the thought of violence in any environment. It may be in campus or just outside your residence. 12/3/2015 16:53:23\tEvery time I am on campus\tYes. I feel safer taking online classes now. Also, I am much more anxious when doing homework in the library on the first floor and have started to work on the highest floor available. \tI live in Texas where campus carry is now a reality of TX public universities. It is alarming and does not promote any kind of notions of school being a safe place and will probably erode the ability of professor's to be honest with grades, discussion topics, etc. out of fear.\t1\t1\tI feel safer taking online classes now. 12/3/2015 16:54:19\tWhenever prompted by headlines and the tragic realities of the number of mass shootings each week.\tNo. College campuses, like other sacred and set-aside places, have the effect of creating a sense of well-being and even invincibility. That is a problem. Attempts to modify laws to allow concealed carry weapons on college campuses may well inspire a greater sense of fear or vigilance in the "look over the shoulder" fashion, but the reality is that potentially armed individuals looking to resolve grievances or seeking assistance from faculty, staff, and administrators is something that will modify behavior and render our campuses dangerous zones. Learning, research, and communal life will decline.\tAs a community, we must work diligently and tirelessly to seriously limit the access to firearms. They are instruments of death and thus, by very definition, stand in opposition to the creative enterprise of a place of higher learning. Ban them!\t1\t3\tAs a community, we must work diligently and tirelessly to seriously limit the access to firearms. 12/3/2015 16:55:09\tAll the time. It seems to happen more and more these days.\tI am much more aware of my surroundings and more willing to report a student or colleague who may be acting in a way that is concerning. There is a threat assessment team on campus and a parallel group in HR ready and willing to offer advice about troubled or troubling people.\tWe have a very pro-active program on campus offering trainings and opportunities to participate in exercises. I think more and more people have started to pay attention to these resources. Initially there was a lot of "It won't happen here," but now there is genuine interest in many cases. \t1\t1\tAll the time. It seems to happen more and more these days. 12/3/2015 16:55:19\tI now think about it almost daily.\tI try to avoid our most iconic campus locations and pay close attention when I'm out and about on campus — looking around for unusual activities or persons. Even in my car on my commute in — sitting duck on the congested roads leading to campus.\tIrrational perhaps but inevitable to be wondering when and where the next mass shooting will take place. As a leading research university, we have many constituents with many feelings of injustice or harm done: Racism? Sexual misconduct? Admissions criteria? Diversity? Cost of education? Anyone so aggrieved now has the mass shooting model for making his/her/their points.\t1\t2\tI try to avoid our most iconic campus locations and pay close attention when I'm out and about on campus. 12/3/2015 16:55:35\tEvery once in a while when I see someone who looks menacing. \tExample. I was working at the reference desk in the library when a student approached. He had an "odd" demeanor. When he reached down into his bag, my adrenalin shot up as I imagined him reaching for a gun (or maybe a knife). I was poised to duck under the desk. It turned out he was just reaching for his laptop. And he was actually very nice. So it seems the thought is close to the surface. \tWe did an active shooter training at my library years ago. But now I hear the strategies for surviving have changed. Run instead of hide, for instance. I wish they'd do another training. Now I will ask.\t1\t3\tI was poised to duck under the desk. It turned out he was just reaching for his laptop. 12/3/2015 16:57:54\tA few times a week.\tIt does not affect my behavior. There isn't much I can do.\t\t1\t2\tIt does not affect my behavior. There isn't much I can do. 12/3/2015 16:58:38\tmaybe once a week\tI check my students social media to see if any of them are good lovers. I'm also more cautious in interactions, more constrained. I worry about getting bad grades.\tGuns don't belong on campus. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 16:59:18\tNever.\tNo affect what so ever.\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:02:05\tAlmost every day.\tI pay more attention to the people around me, to where exits are, to where hiding places are. I hesitate to grade papers bluntly, and I'm afraid of giving Fs. \t\t1\t2\tI pay more attention to the people around me, to where exits are, to where hiding places are. 12/3/2015 17:02:39\tOccasionally. \tMy behavior has always been on the aware side, some may call it paranoia. I usually always check for ways out of a building for potential emergencies.\tI personally wish I could carry my firearm in my backpack as to be prepared for anything that could happen. Most responsible gun owners are not wanting to play John Wayne, and fully subscribe to the "run, hide, fight" thought process. If it came down to the fight, I'd like to have even odds against a potential gunman. \t1\t3\tIf it came down to the fight, I'd like to have even odds against a potential gunman. 12/3/2015 17:03:20\tIt'll be more likely next year — the University of Texas is contending with "campus carry" so more students will have guns on campus.\tYes — I've already changed parts of my course description for 2016-2017 to focus on fewer controversial issues because students will be permitted to carry guns on campus next year. Also, I'm ABD, and am seriously considering alt-ac jobs because I don't want to be subject to a school shooting.\t\t1\t3\tI'm ABD, and am seriously considering alt-ac jobs because I don't want to be subject to a school shooting. 12/3/2015 17:03:37\tNever. How often do you think about getting in a wreck? Just because it isn't always on your mind doesn't mean that you shouldn't be prepared.\tI'm not terribly worried, but I carry concealed just to be prepared.\tPublic, federally-funded colleges are breaking the law when they violate the Constitutional rights of sane, law-abiding adults over the age of 21 by disarming them whenever they step over an imaginary line. Private colleges may ban handguns if they please, but public colleges do not have that right.\t1\t5\tJust because it isn't always on your mind doesn't mean that you shouldn't be prepared. 12/3/2015 17:04:22\t\t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:04:27\tDaily. \tA bit. We spent the last five minutes of a department meeting looking through classrooms for the best place to hide on our floor. I've talked to faculty about working with our doors closed and installing peepholes, but that hasn't really happened. I'm probably more sensitive to the way I respond to students so as not to make them angry. That used to run the risk of a bad evaluation. Now it could be my life.\tThe active shooter training provided on our campus was abysmal. They basically said "lock the door if you can, barricade the door if you can, hide if you can." There is no real policy for these situations and little to no protection available for students, staff, or faculty.\t1\t1\tThe active shooter training provided on our campus was abysmal. 12/3/2015 17:06:24\tDaily. \tSecure my office when staffing is low, scan campus crowds more often than in the past, wonder what I would do if an armed attacker entered a crowded classroom situation.\tI'm acutely aware of how vulnerable campus settings are: student gatherings inside buildings and out, cross-campus migrations between classes, open campuses with unfettered access by the public, secluded settings, low-level or no visibility of police, security or ways to trigger alarms.
Many factors that can trigger violence exist on campuses: concentrated population; stress and tensions around performance between students, between students and faculty, between faculty and faculty, between faculty and administration; mental illness or criminal behaviors in a population of considerable size; veterans returning to campus with perhaps-unaddressed PTSD; opportunistic criminals from beyond the campus, sometimes armed, who frequent campus environs to target student populations.\t1\t1\tI'm acutely aware of how vulnerable campus settings are. 12/3/2015 17:07:20\tEvery day. I go to my job scare of what might happen. Is something that is present daily, when I have to leave my home.\tYes, I try to pay more attention to everything and everyone who is around me, any movement, any reaction. I study my students behavior as much as I can. \tSometimes I think if its worth it. I mean, if my job is worth the daily stress because something like that could happen one day. There have been days that I think that I am not going to teach anymore, but then I remember how much I like it, and how many years I've dedicated in order to be where I am now. And then there are those days when I think about moving to another country where I can teach in a university without being worried about someone bringing a gun just because they defend "their freedom" and forget about my freedom to feel safe in my job or wherever I am.\t1\t1\tI try to pay more attention to everything and everyone who is around me, any movement, any reaction. 12/3/2015 17:08:09\tI do not think about it as a part of normal day-to-day thought. I do think about it as part of my role as a staff member and general responsibility to campus and all of our community.\tNot my personal behavior, no.\tIt is an unfortunate fact of life that we consider and plan for the possibility of gun violence on campus. I do not know what it will take to get past this or when it will come. But I am convinced it will only come by trying to get past it. Not just prepare for it, perhaps least of all to prepare for it, but to work to eliminate the environment and causal factors as a society. (In no way do I mean to suggest that preparation for safety and the possible event of gun violence should not be done.)\t1\t3\tIt is an unfortunate fact of life that we consider and plan for the possibility of gun violence on campus. 12/3/2015 17:10:14\tWhenever there's a mass shooting that gets a lot of coverage. I'm beginning to turn off the radio/TV/Twitter following a shooting, at least until there are real actual facts.\tNot really so far, but it's beginning to. I think twice about attending things that could attract murderers on a mission - for example, I dismissed any thought of attending a Planned Parenthood presentation on campus earlier this week. But I probably wouldn't have gone anyway, and I don't think I'd avoid something I was required to go to or in which I was really interested. There doesn't seem to be any real point in avoiding things; getting gunned down while buying milk at a convenience store seems just as likely. \tI don't know if I'm any more concerned about a campus shooting than about a shooting at a mall or a movie or at church or in my office or any of the myriad places shootings occur. Lately, my biggest question is, What's driving these people? And what broke in our social fabric that used to inhibit behavior like this? At 64, I can remember when hijacking a plane to Cuba was the closest we came to terrorizing innocent people for the sake of a statement. (I can't remember what the statement was, though.) It's not just guns and it's not just the NRA — it's something in the culture, in our collective ethos, but what? \t1\t3\tLately, my biggest question is, What's driving these people? 12/3/2015 17:10:29\tOccasionally.\tI try not to let it bother me because there isn't much that I can legally do about it.\tI believe that concealed-handgun carry should be legal on campus to allow me the ability to defend myself. With all of the shootings lately, it's tempting to just carry anyways.\t1\t3\tWith all of the shootings lately, it's tempting to just carry anyways. 12/3/2015 17:13:15\tA few times a week.\tPay more attention to surroundings and things that seem out of place.\tI believe that either students or faculty should be allowed to carry fire arms on campus. While it may not stop shootings it can certainly decrease the damage of these shootings by allowing someone to respond to the shooter before LOE gets there.\t1\t2\tPay more attention to surroundings and things that seem out of place. 12/3/2015 17:14:04\tEvery time one occurs somewhere else, which is more and more frequently.\tYes. I took an active shooter response course offered by the university police after Sandy Hook and strongly suggested that my students do likewise. In my office I keep water, rope, a pail (in case I'm stuck in there for a looong time), and an object I can use as a weapon (a crowbar which also lets me open my office window). I know what furniture I can use to block the door or hide behind. My cell is always with me. In my classrooms, I think through where the door is in relation to the students and where I usually am, how we can block entry if escape isn't possible, how far the ground is from the windows, objects we could use to distract an intruder, and so forth.\tGiven the numbers of mass shootings in the U.S., I'm convinced that it will happen on my campus at some point. Your title asks if I'm afraid of a shooting. I'm not so much afraid as resigned to the probability, which is why I've tried to prepare myself to react in ways that might help stack the odds in my and my students' favor. How many faculty in other wealthy, industrialized countries need to think about this threat? Only in America.\t1\t3\tI know what furniture I can use to block the door or hide behind. 12/3/2015 17:14:08\tVery often.\tYes, I worry a lot. Looking forward to being able to carry concealed.\tUniversity security does nothing.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:14:58\tEvery day.\tYes. Sitting closer to exits and being aware of multiple exits at all times.\t\t1\t1\tSitting closer to exits and being aware of multiple exits at all times. 12/3/2015 17:15:13\tSeldom.\tNo. There is no such thing as gun violence.\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:17:11\tI don't tend to think about it until I hear about one happening on another campus.\t\tIronically, today a graduate teaching assistant came to me and was worried about a meeting she was about to have with an undergraduate. She wondered if I'd be willing to "walk the hallway" when she was meeting with the student. A few more details emerged during our conversation, including the fact that he had an obsession with weapons and he was very angry. I immediately directed her to a senior faculty member. I wasn't impressed with the advice she was given (lie about having to miss your meeting). It showed me we need to develop a plan for such an occurrence. \t1\t4\tI don't tend to think about it until I hear about one happening on another campus. 12/3/2015 17:20:20\tI think about it quite often.\tIt determines where I sit and how much I am aware of my surroundings. It also changes the fact that I belong to groups that advocate concealed carrying on campus. \tWe need to allow concealed carriers to have their rights respected on campus like they are off camus. Location does not change how responsible CHL holders are. Why should the threshold of a school building make them less responsible? \t1\t2\tIt determines where I sit and how much I am aware of my surroundings 12/3/2015 17:21:50\tI think about it on a regular basis. We are all sitting ducks in a gun-free zone. \tI train in martial arts. I stay vigilant about who enters my classroom and who is outside of my classroom. I work with my office door closed and locked most of the time. \tGun-free campuses create easy targets for murderers. We need a push to allow law-abiding, trained faculty and students to protect themselves with concealed weapons. Universities are viewed as the ultimate place where people can exercise their rights, but yet the right to keep and bear arms is completely denied. \t1\t2\tI work with my office door closed and locked most of the time 12/3/2015 17:22:36\tNot very often. \tI always try and be situationally aware of my surroundings. I have given thought to, if there was to be an active shooter situation on the campus that I attend, where are my exits, what can I use in this room to either shield others and myself or what is in the room/area that I could use to defend myself or others. \tI carry a handgun 90 percent of the time. I will carry one 100 percent of the time when it comes time to be able to carry on campus. I believe we need to educate and train people on what to do in the event of an active shooter. I want criminals to think twice about stepping on to a Texas campus. \t1\t4\tI believe we need to educate and train people on what to do in the event of an active shooter. 12/3/2015 17:23:42\tI'm an expert on campus violence, plus workplace violence, public violence, and mass shootings. I'm retired now and teach only a class or two a semester, but I tell students what the plan is if there is an active shooter in the building.\tI'm alert to threats. Although cell phone use is not allowed in class, I tell students that if there is a shooter nearby, please tell me. \tFaculty need training on preparing for campus violence, rare as it is, and being alert to the mental health problems of students.\t1\t3\tFaculty need training on preparing for campus violence, rare as it is. 12/3/2015 17:25:36\tEvery time I see a large crowd of campus community members in one location. Every time I see a suspicious looking person on campus. Every time undo anger is expressed by a student, staff or faculty\tI have had security cameras installed and a panic button at the front desk. I have asked faculty and staff to sign up for emergency text messaging. I have had public safety at meetings to discuss emergency planning\tOur building is open 24/7. Private offices have locks but the academic spaces are wide open all of the time. Given three mass shootings (Paris, Colorado Springs and San Bernardino) within a two week time frame, it's hard not to feel like a "sitting duck!" I plan on voting for candidates that support gun control.\t1\t2\tI have had security cameras installed and a panic button at the front desk. 12/3/2015 17:26:48\tI live in Colorado, and given the number of shooting incidents we have here, I am reminded on a fairly regular basis of the potential for mass shootings. I get emails from the university administration encouraging me to go to gun safety training and how to prepare for/deal with a shooter in the event that one comes into my class or area.
Needless to say, I think about it every time I go to campus, and I always wonder if today will be the day that a shooter comes to school.\tI try to not let it affect me. I really don't know what I would do. The classroom where I teach is not that safe, and if a shooter was in the class, there is not a lot I could do about it. The campus is very exposed. I can either show up to do my job or choose to quit. I choose to continue to teach. I will admit that I am often nervous or worried.\tGuns, gun violence, terrorism, mass shooters. When you are preoccupied with thoughts of gun violence, mass shootings and what to do when and if you have to confront killers, it makes it difficult to do much of anything else. President Obama is right, it is not normal. I worry about the current state of affairs in the U.S. People talk past each other. No one knows what to do. There's an outright war of words between the so-called conservatives and liberals.The new normal, if we can call it that, is one where you expect violence, death, and destruction. Nearly every aspect of our democratic system is a risk, namely liberties and freedoms. I worry about public reaction to all the gun violence and how it impacts what people think in terms of race, culture, and the Great American melting pot. I also worry about so much "hacktivism" and all the name calling, hate speech and "know it all" brand of politics that gets slung around social media. This is not productive or meaningful civic discourse and it lends itself to a culture of animosity, terror and fear.
Bad times all around.\t1\t2\tThe campus is very exposed. I can either show up to do my job or choose to quit. I choose to continue to teach. 12/3/2015 17:28:36\tOccasionally.\tNo, it doesn't affect my behavior.\tA college campus should not be constrained by draconian security measures or compelling faculty to take up arms. We should address the issue of mass shootings at the root of the problem, which is that mentally unstable people can and do get their hands on guns in the U.S. with appalling ease. Our legislators need to step up, grow a spine and take measures to restrict access to guns, period. \t1\t3\tWe should address the issue of mass shootings at the root of the problem. 12/3/2015 17:30:03\t\t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:30:10\tDaily.\tI do not worry about it. Instead, I prepare for it. \tI am far more worried about the drive to and from than I am about a shooting while at work. People worry about such unlikely things. Oh well. \t1\t3\tI do not worry about it. Instead, I prepare for it. 12/3/2015 17:30:47\tNever.\t\tI support campus carry.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:30:57\tPretty regularly, at least three times per week.\tI do worry. In North Carolina, the legislators (who have voted to prevent guns in the buildings they work in) are moving with full-speed to open carry on all state university campuses. We installed a locked door in our office suite, which had previously been open. It's very student-unfriendly and sends a horrible message, but at least we're less likely to have someone come in and start killing everyone in the office.\tTraditionally-aged college students are not physically or emotionally mature or "finished." Why, why, why is it OK to allow them to have guns? How come I can't take my loaded handgun to the NC legislature, when they allow others to come to MY workplace with loaded guns? Hypocrites.\t1\t2\tWe installed a locked door in our office suite, which had previously been open. 12/3/2015 17:31:21\tI am a dean at a small liberal arts college. I think about the possibility of shootings roughly once a week. My state permits concealed carry, which makes me even more concerned. Mostly, I think that there is no way that we can prevent someone from walking onto any campus and taking violent action. Our campus borders are not walled off from the rest of the world — and this is good. A trade-off (and there are many good trade-offs), is that we can not guarantee safety of our students, faculty, and staff.\tI review our campus emergency policies fairly regularly.\tWhen an armed terrorist kills people, many people are ready to take drastic action. But when there is a shooting, of one or many individuals, the second amendment is raised as the reason that we can't do anything. We already have limits on the right to bear arms. I can't go out and by a grenade launcher. It makes no sense that we can't have reasonable limits on gun ownership and sales.\t1\t2\tI think about the possibility of shootings roughly once a week. 12/3/2015 17:31:58\tseldom\tDo not really worry so does not impact my day to day activities. Can be killed by lightening in Maine quicker than by a terrorist. Look at reality stats!! Get over it folks. You are far more likely to die in your car driving to work, than die in some mass shooting - unless of course you joining special ops and go to Syria, and even there your odds are not terrible.\tFear and panic, breeds fear and panic. Grow up! The terrorist or mass shootings are terrible. Yet we kill more of ourselves every week end by domestic gun fire, and automobiles -- take your pick. We should attempt to reduce all deaths by mass shootings. By a very wide margin most mass shooting deaths in this country are conducted by home grown disturbed souls, not ISIS- Conn., VPI, S.C. Colorado two or three times now; on and on. Why panic over possible ISIS or other mid-east terrorists and not so much about our own domestics. Tim McVey types? Answer that if you want a serious question and discussion.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:32:49\tNever.\tDoesn't affect my behavior.\tStatistics show that I'm in far more danger driving my car between my campus and home than I am while being on campus.
\t1\t5\tStatistics show that I'm in far more danger driving my car. 12/3/2015 17:34:58\tI think about this daily and I believe this is a real risk. We have had experiences with angry and volatile employees and students. The step from extremely angry and unreasonable to violent action does not seem to be a huge leap.\tI am much more likely to call campus police than human resources; campus police take these situations much more seriously. I also report ongoing student behavior concerns to a campus mental health committee that seems to be able and willing to address situations. I always plan an exit strategy. I subscribe to the campus emergency alert system. I periodically review posted training materials covering survival in active shooter situations.\tI do not trust human resources to handle angry employees. Their processes do not move to protect individuals from angry or volatile current or former employees. The best responses and the most active responses come from police and from mental-health professionals. Skip human resources.\t1\t1\tI am much more likely to call campus police than human resources. 12/3/2015 17:35:43\tDaily.\tSometimes. I do consider the placement of students vs. myself and doors at every class, but especially on days where we are discussing controversial topics. \t\t1\t1\tI do consider the placement of students vs. myself and doors at every class. 12/3/2015 17:36:57\tI consider the possibility of a mass shooting every time I step into one of the buildings. Of course, I also consider as many natural disasters as I can think up at the same time. \t"Gun violence" is such a charged and misleading phrase that I'm not entirely sure how to respond. I generally assume that violence in general is a possibility. I'm over two times more likely to die in an accidental fall than to be the victim of a firearm homicide (check the CDC chart of deaths for 2013) but I always make sure to keep it in mind.
How does this assumption affect my behavior? I have a Concealed Pistol License. At a certain point I had to face the fact that it is my responsibility to make sure I get home at the end of the day.And if I'm going to die, I'd rather die fighting. \tI really hope you folks at Chronicle have the gumption to post what I've said. It probably goes against everything you expected to see, and that's a good thing.
College is supposed to be about challenging long-held beliefs and biases. If someone doesn't speak up against the group-think, where is there any room for critical thinking or, more importantly, growth?
So, I'm going to go ahead and say it. Campus shootings happen. That's a fact and it's not going to change regardless of rules or laws. Unless something changes about the way we interact with others, nothing is going to stop these people from doing what they do. Frankly, I don't think the American people are ready to start treating others with respect and interest (which is what we need to start doing).
So, until that change happens, I say take whatever tools are most effective and comfortable for your defense and be prepared to use them. There is no sense in trying to preserve the life of your attacker at the cost of your own and there is even less sense in pretending there's no problem and nothing could ever happen to you.
Bad things can happen to you. And if you want to stop it, you need to realize that the only person who can be expected to save your life is you.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 17:41:12\tRarely to never.\tI do now that Texas is forcing public colleges to adopt concealed and carry on campus and buildings. The gun culture in this country has obvious horrid effects by comparing numbers to other countries. This simply enhances a gun culture in the wrong direction.\tTexas legislators ignored overwhelming opposition to Senate Bill 11. There is not representation going on here. These are obvious agendas that do not support any real solutions to a deeper problem of violence and people's disconnection with each other. Guns can't be the answer to guns.\t1\t4\tGuns can't be the answer to guns. 12/3/2015 17:41:15\tI work on a campus, and I'm extremely familiar with crime/self-defense/firearms from past work in the military and executive protection/PSD engagements overseas — so I'm aware every single day that it could easily happen.\tFirst, there's no such thing as 'gun violence'; only violence, regardless of the tool used. Second, I (legally) keep a loaded shotgun with buckshot and slugs in the trunk of my car parked 10 yards outside my office. If anything happens I can be outside and back in with it very quickly, gather everyone into our space and guard the front door from a distance and behind fairly solid cover.\tWhile I think that it's horrible that campus-carry is even a thing nowadays, I'm glad that in these times we're starting to be allowed to carry a concealed firearm legally inside campus buildings. Licensed concealed handgun-holders have an outstanding record, are all around you off-campus every day and are not the people you should worry about.\t1\t1\tI'm aware every single day that it could easily happen. 12/3/2015 17:44:39\tRelatively often. It has already happened on several campuses, why assume it can't happen at mine?\tYes. My school allows concealed carry of handguns so I carry on campus to save my life or others if a shooting happens.\tSelf-defense is my responsibility. Removing the ability to defend myself in the face of possible danger is tyranny.\t1\t3\tI carry on campus to save my life or others if a shooting happens. 12/3/2015 17:46:22\tEvery day.\tI try to be as vigilant and aware as possible.\tI would feel much more comfortable on campus if I was able to concealed carry\t1\t1\tI try to be as vigilant and aware as possible. 12/3/2015 17:49:21\tEvery time I watch the news! Seriously, I consider it at least weekly.\tIt makes me much more watchful of possibly suspicious behavior which means I'm probably misinterpreting some behavior. When I'm fearful of something, I am distracted it certainly lowers my productivity level and that frustrates me very much.\tWe are a small campus without armed security. We have taken measures such as running tabletop scenarios and having fake shooter enactments on campus in order to have some semblance of a plan should such a tragedy occur. Still, every time a mass shooting incident occurs, we talk again about how exposed we feel.\t1\t2\tEvery time a mass shooting incident occurs, we talk again about how exposed we feel. 12/3/2015 17:49:53\tNot often.\tNo.\tWhile I don't worry about gun violence on campus, it would be nice to exercise my right to carry as I can in many other places. \t1\t5\tIt would be nice to exercise my right to carry as I can in many other places. 12/3/2015 17:52:14\tOnly after a mass shooting somewhere else.\tNo, it does not.\tI am a graduate student and a veteran. Gun violence on a campus is rare, so is no more of a concern to me than potentially catching a serious illness from another student (far more likely). I do support campus carry, and don't see how allowing properly vetted and legal licensed conceal carry holders to carry on a college campus will have any kind of a negative impact, like increasing gun violence, especially when they are already allowed to legally carry in so many other public spaces.\t1\t4\tGun violence on a campus is rare, so is no more of a concern to me than potentially catching a serious illness. 12/3/2015 17:53:08\tI think about this whenever it is in the news. Rumination isn't useful. Preparation is. \tI do not worry about gun violence on campus and recognize that the statistical likelihood of ever experiencing gun violence on campus is incredibly low. It is this recognition of the Black Swan to influences my behavior to be prepared even for the statistically unlikely events. \tI do not fear a mass shooting on my campus. I do not expect it to ever happen. Statistically, it is unlikely to ever happen. However, someone, somewhere will experience a shooting on his or her campus and people and society should be prepared. Preparation does not require fear. It only requires recognition that Black Swans are real. \t1\t3\tPreparation does not require fear. 12/3/2015 17:57:43\tUnfortunately, it's something I think about on a weekly basis. My university has been having on-campus active shooter training regularly, especially after the Umpqua Community College shooting.\tIt absolutely affects my behavior. If I'm teaching in a classroom with more than one door and multiple windows, I think about possible escape routes and where my students and I can take cover. As a POC, I also wonder what my chances and my students of color chances are if the gunman has a racial motivation. It is exhausting and terrifying. \t\t1\t2\tIf I'm teaching in a classroom with more than one door and multiple windows, I think about possible escape routes. 12/3/2015 17:58:11\tThis is something I think about at least three times a week. As I think about the openness of our campus, the increasing number of students and staff with mental health issues, and the lack of awareness of my colleagues about the lack of background checks we do for both students and staff.\tYes, I am more cautious of my surroundings and the behavior of others.\tIt is so easy for students to purchase a gun. Most campuses don't think its going to happen in their community and have a 'it only happens at those schools' attitude.\t1\t2\tI am more cautious of my surroundings and the behavior of others. 12/3/2015 18:00:58\tOnce a month.\tI notice my classrooms at the start of every semester and think about whether there are locks on doors or windows looking in.\tI also worry about training being mandatory for faculty, staff, and students. I think we think about it more as faculty but I am also staff and feel underprepared in this role.
I also feel wildly underprepared when I adjunct at other campuses where I know nothing or very little about the emergency plans for a school or building. \t1\t3\tI notice my classrooms at the start of every semester and think about whether there are locks on doors. 12/3/2015 18:01:20\tOnce every couple of weeks. I just kind of wonder what kind of preparation I'd need to survive. It's more of a what-if rather than an actual worry.\tI advocate for the right of licensed adults to carry concealed firearms on campus like they're able to do in many other public places. I don't worry too much about myself, but I know that there are underprivileged people out there who may feel the need to protect themselves when the police can't be everywhere.\tMass shootings are a red herring. I want to go into academia after my PhD is done, and I'd put money on never being on a campus at the same time as a mass shooting in my lifetime. Other people on campuses, however may be exposed to isolated personal attacks. Where scrutinized and vetted by the state to carry a concealed firearm, they should be allowed to carry on campuses. They are not the ones shooting up campuses. We need to stop punishing law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals.\t1\t3\tI just kind of wonder what kind of preparation I'd need to survive. 12/3/2015 18:01:46\tQuite often.\tYes — I wish that I were allowed to have my handgun with me since there is only one way in and out of my area. I would be trapped with no defense if a shooter came into my office/area. I am a licensed handgun carrier but cannot bring it where I probably need it the most. I have never had so much as a speeding ticket and feel that conscientious, law-abiding citizens who know guns should be armed so we are not soft targets. \tCriminals are cowards for the most part and will attack soft targets first. Let's not be soft targets!\t1\t2\tI am a licensed handgun carrier but cannot bring it where I probably need it the most. 12/3/2015 18:04:38\tEvery day.\tSomewhat. I'm much more aware as I'm walking around.\tI would feel much better if I were allowed to carry a weapon of my own, since I am licensed to carry in every other part of the city.\t1\t1\tI'm much more aware as I'm walking around. 12/3/2015 18:06:10\tEvery time there's a mass shooting somewhere in the country. So that would be every day, I guess. \tNo. I don't know what change in my daily routine would make any difference.\tMy brother used to teach oceanography at Northern Illinois, where in 2008 a former student killed five people in one of his department's classes. 21 others were injured, and the gunman killed himself as well. It happened that a TA was teaching that day, but it could have been my brother, who sometimes taught that class. That event made the possibility real for us.
I sometimes think I should just teach online classes only, but I don't want to give in to fear. \t1\t2\tI sometimes think I should just teach online classes only, but I don't want to give in to fear. 12/3/2015 18:09:15\t\t\tI already submitted, but wanted to add a comment. We had an "incident" in 2012 on our campus. We told it was a false alarm, but I recently found out that it was NOT a false alarm. A student did have a gun, and did walk into a classroom building, looking for a certain person. He ditched the gun in a trashcan. The school covered up the fact that a gun WAS found, to keep it out of the media. To my knowledge, the found gun has not been included on our Cleary Act reports. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 18:11:18\tEvery time there's a shooting (in any location) indicated in the media, whenever I hear students or colleagues in conflict, and randomly when I hear or see something that feels out of place. \tI mention violence issues to students at the start of the term, reminding them of our campus safety plan, and indicating what our exits, door-blocking options, etc are. I have long provided information my syllabus about student support services (psychological counseling, advising, health center, etc), but I'm stressing this more and talking directly with students who seem to be facing challenges (but this is tricky, as our campus support services are already overburdened). I've taught some of my courses online for the past decade, and I'm thinking about teaching more in this format to limit my time on campus. I hate that I'm thinking this way, but I am. My office is an internal one - no windows, and off of an internal lobby. I keep the outer door locked more when I'm on campus but not expecting visitors - when it's unlocked the door is closed now. \tThis is a real concern for anyone working in an unsecured environment. Even so, I definitely will not work on a campus where concealed weapons are allowed to be carried by anyone outside of law enforcement (I will quit my job or teach only online if the laws in my state change). I do think we need to do more to create campus cultures that promote caring for/reporting of students and employees who appear to be suffering mental/emotional trauma or who exhibit violent behaviors and attitudes. We also need to address the disempowerment/oppression that many students experience, as so much of this violence is rooted in a sense of oppression and denial.\t1\t2\tThis is a real concern for anyone working in an unsecured environment. 12/3/2015 18:12:43\tIt's hard not to consider the possibility of a school shooting on a daily basis.\tI do worry, but that does not affect my behavior other than I try my best to be aware of everything that is happening around me \tCampus carry would allow students the means to defend themselves and others in the event of a school shooting \t1\t1\tIt's hard not to consider the possibility of a school shooting on a daily basis. 12/3/2015 18:14:07\tOnce every few weeks, the idea that a shooter could enter campus flashes through my mind — corresponding to a news story, and due to my classroom location in the closest classroom to the entryway on a busy intersection.\tI've actually looked at other ways to exit the building, barriers in the architecture, and I've considered how I would ask my students to evacuate or hide.\tMy campus has recently started talking about becoming a "concealed carry" campus. If that happens, I will no longer teach here, even if that means I am unemployed. I believe we have to stand up to the crazy escalation of the guns in our society somehow, and that's the only bargaining power I have. A sad state of affairs.\t1\t3\tI've considered how I would ask my students to evacuate or hide. 12/3/2015 18:15:31\tAt least once a week.\tI try to sit in a strategic location in the classroom.\tI realize the chances of a school shooting are unlikely, but I would feel a lot safer if I were allowed to bring my handgun to class as I have a license to do so. When it comes down to it I wonder if I should carry my concealed handgun on campus anyways because I know how pissed off I will be if I am unarmed if a shooting happens. Gun-free zones make me feel unsafe! \t1\t2\tGun-free zones make me feel unsafe. 12/3/2015 18:16:39\tNever.\tI wish that more campuses recognized concealed carry\tNothing else to be said\t0\t0 12/3/2015 18:16:55\tNever.\t\tI am not afraid, but I teach statistics and think about probability. There are far more dangerous locations than my campus.\t1\t5\tThere are far more dangerous locations than my campus. 12/3/2015 18:17:37\tEvery day.\tYes, I'm always looking for an escape route since I can't defend myself or my friends \tI have no way of defending myself at school. Or any way of defending anyone else. I feel like my school, along with every other school, is just asking to be attacked by having a "no self defense" policy of outlawing guns\t1\t1\tI have no way of defending myself at school. 12/3/2015 18:20:33\tEveryday! Especially in the wake of other shootings. As a counselor on a college campus, I am even nervous about upsetting students and extra careful about the words I chose. In my center, we have a service window where students check in and it has an antiquated method of closing which requires one to use body weight to pull the lever and then crank it clockwise several times to close. In an emergency situation, every last second is valuable.\tI have some moments of anxiety and feel extra aware of my surroundings. I will also admit that I'm starting to feel suspicious of everything and everyone around me.\tI wish that saftey of faculty and staff on campus was a priority and that all campuses required a campus police, not just security. Additionally, I'd like to see more dialogue about this because if I have concerns I'm certain that students do as well. \t1\t1\tI wish that saftey of faculty and staff on campus was a priority. 12/3/2015 18:26:43\tOf course it is always on our minds. We just had special panic buttons put under the counters in the reception area. That was a huge sign our world is changing. A few years back the posting about weapons on campus. We have a police academy here so guns are not an unfamiliar site but even with them here we have huge concerns.\tI am always searching students faces and actions to ensure they are not disturbed about something. I am always kind and try to help people but that won't be enough. You literally freeze and are desperate to survive when a gun is in your face.\tIt appears that more rural areas are being targeted. I do not agree with Obama about guns and sales. I used to be anti-gun but we need to stand up and protect our families. We have spread the United States too thin trying to resolve everyone else's problems. Who is going to help us? No one. We have serious downtrodden people here that can easily be dissuaded and have been tired and poor for so long things are not going to be pretty when survival mode kicks in. Communities need to organize for preparedness. Everyone is in such denial and it is going to happen where society breaks down due to us not paying attention.\t1\t1\tWe just had special panic buttons put under the counters in the reception area. 12/3/2015 18:29:02\tEvery time there is another shooting in the news.\tYes, I am hyper-aware of the mood of people around me. I watch for unusual behavior when walking the halls and I look for unattended bags.\t\t1\t3\tI watch for unusual behavior when walking the halls and I look for unattended bags. 12/3/2015 18:29:13\tI think about it when a particular unusual event happens — a teacher who gets angry at a faculty meeting, a professor who goes off his meds, a student who is failing but needs to graduate. \tI don't like to go into large group activities, or at least I worry more.\t\t1\t4\tI don't like to go into large group activities. 12/3/2015 18:33:23\tEvery day. \tYes, I try to always be aware of my surroundings, pay attention to where exits are in all my classrooms, look for possible places for cover and concealment. I am a licensed concealed carrier, and the son of two law enforcement officers. I have been shooting since I was five years old, but I can't protect myself and my peers on campus because of school policies risking expulsion, otherwise I would carry. \tUniversities who advertise themselves as "gun free zones" are irresponsible. Terrorists are attacking soft targets where people are unarmed. It is ridiculous to take away a student's right to protect himself or herself, providing no additional protection. Either allow licensed concealed carry on campus, or put an armed guard in every classroom, and metal detectors at every entrance. \t1\t1\tI try to always be aware of my surroundings, pay attention to where exits are in all my classrooms. 12/3/2015 18:35:24\tFrequently since I work in an office.\tI feel like I am more aware of the actions of others around me. I would carry if I could.\tSince I work at a community college, I will not be able to carry concealed until 2017. I will be carrying to protect myself as soon as it is legal.\t1\t2\tI will be carrying to protect myself as soon as it is legal. 12/3/2015 18:37:48\tI think about it all the time.\tI worry but I am prepared because I myself carry a gun legally on campus.\t\t1\t1\tI worry but I am prepared because I myself carry a gun legally on campus. 12/3/2015 18:38:48\tWhenever I read about a shooting on another campus.\tThis campus has an outdoor speaker system, and I have heard announcements when the system has been tested. I have thought about where I would hide if I heard an announcement of an active shooter on campus.\tI am grateful for this university's president for standing strong against efforts in the state legislature to allow open-carry on campus. I also am so glad that I teach only online courses now.\t1\t3\tI have thought about where I would hide if I heard an announcement of an active shooter on campus. 12/3/2015 18:43:45\tAs the president of an urban community college, I think about the possibility of a shooting (whether mass or not) on my campus every day.\tBecause of the threat of gun violence I am continually seeking ways to provide our students, faculty, and staff with training and other tools they may need. We make significant investments in technology and in people whose jobs are to provide for a safe and secure environment. In an ideal world I would rather put those dollars in the classroom, but I know that without a safe and secure environment, effective teaching and learning won't take place.\t\t1\t1\tI know that without a safe and secure environment, effective teaching and learning won't take place. 12/3/2015 18:44:37\tEvery week.\tI'm watchful of people, I know where the nearest exits are, and my co-workers and I have a shelter in place plan.\tConcealed carry permit holders should be allowed to carry on campus. They should be considered as force multipliers in an active shooter event.\t1\t2\tI'm watchful of people, I know where the nearest exits are, and my co-workers and I have a shelter in place plan. 12/3/2015 18:49:24\tOur campus is a few short blocks from Emmanuel AME where nine members of our community were gunned down in June. We had a lockdown situation a few months before that when a caller's threat of a mass shooting was deemed credible. Because of these events and the incidents at schools around the country, I think about mass shootings all the time. \tI used to leave classroom doors open, but I usually lock them at the start of class now. I am more suspicious of students and am more likely to report behaviors I might have dealt with informally in years past. I let my students keep their phones on (vibrate) so we can get emergency warnings more quickly.\tStricter gun laws are necessary, but we also need to address cultural forces on campus which erode social capital and produce the alienation and frustration that seem to be a common denominator in these campus shootings. \t1\t1\tI let my students keep their phones on (vibrate) so we can get emergency warnings more quickly. 12/3/2015 18:52:29\tWeekly. We are in a major metropolitan area.\tI have moved my desk away from windows and doors and made sure my staff knows how to react to our active shooter campus plan.\tViolence in our society is rampant. I am a strong supporter of gun control and do not agree with the NRA's influence.\t1\t2\tI have moved my desk away from windows and doors. 12/3/2015 18:54:13\tVery rarely.\tNo\tAcademics should know better than to ignore the base rate for such events. While there are ample definitional issues (such as what is a mass shooting and how should things like gang violence or domestic violence) the fact remains that the odds of being the victim of such an event are extraordinarily low and the likelihood of it happening on any given campus is also vanishingly small. The New York Times has an article that discusses the issues and is a must read for anyone who is nervous. http://nyti.ms/1XAepDo\t1\t5\tThe odds of being the victim of such an event are extraordinarily low. 12/3/2015 18:56:28\tMonthly — more often after other incidents.\tYes, I'm more aware in class — wondering who is carrying — and I tend to be a little more thoughtful to try to avoid topics that could be too controversial.\tI'm almost worried about accidental shootings more. I've observed "licensed" conceal and carry permit holders who fondle and play with their guns in class in ways that I know are not safe — yet I cannot do anything about their behavior. Someone is going to get shot by accident. I simply do not understand how you can get a license to conceal and carry and yet be reckless and irresponsible.\t1\t3\tI've observed "licensed" conceal and carry permit holders who fondle and play with their guns in class. 12/3/2015 18:57:08\tEvery day.\tYes, I feel worried that is someone's feelings get hurt they will react with gun violence. \tHigher education professionals that give in to students 's demands for their feelings to be protected and to have things done their way are the reason behind the chaos. Enough is enough. Get control and get back to the point of going to college to learn, not to protest everything that your personal opinion believes is offensive. \t1\t1\tSomeone is going to get shot by accident. 12/3/2015 19:06:15\tNot much, but it's a concern that I can't be armed there like I can everywhere else.\tI stay away from campus as much as possible.\tThe people with guns have them everywhere else, like at the grocery store, so it's really illogical to think campus should be different. It makes us soft targets.\t1\t4\tI stay away from campus as much as possible. 12/3/2015 19:06:15\tNot very.\tI will not hang out in gun-free zones.\tIts stupid to have gun-free zones. They are the most dangerous places to be in.\t1\t4\tI will not hang out in gun-free zones. 12/3/2015 19:08:38\tAt least once a week. I think about the homework I've been assigned much more often.\tI worry that if "gun" violence were to occur, I would be unable to protect myself using only my pocketknife (which I'm apparently not supposed to have anyway), as my community college campus is a gun-free zone. I worry about being assaulted or robbed on my way to and from school.\t^As an addendum to the above, I would not be so afraid if campus security carried firearms, or if I was allowed to shoot back at someone who turns an environment for learning into a killing zone.\t1\t2\tI would not be so afraid if campus security carried firearms. 12/3/2015 19:10:30\tIt can happen anytime, anywhere. Doesn't matter the establishment, doesn't matter if it's the most secure building on the planet. \tPartially. I stay vigilant during transition from class to class, or class to dorm, develop a better mindset in the meantime before I turn 21 and apply for my CCW permit. \t...the stupid...it burns.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 19:18:34\tI have worried about this when dealing with a few especially troubled students, but my state has relatively strong laws, so I don't worry about this as a routine matter. However, I think it's just a matter of time on those campuses that have been compelled by the gun lobby to allow campus carry. If I lived in one of these states, I would be actively seeking to move.\tI have tried to get my administration to take campus carry seriously as a threat to all U.S. colleges and universities and to join collective efforts to oppose campus-carry laws. Sadly they don't see this as a priority in an era of limited resources and cutbacks.\tGun violence can affect any of us at any time. Campus-carry laws magnify those risks in ways that will be tragically apparent in the not too distant future.\t1\t3\tI have tried to get my administration to take campus carry seriously as a threat. 12/3/2015 19:18:43\tThere is a chance and I would like to have the chance of fighting back for my life instead of being both a target and a coward\tSince I can't legally conceal carry my pistol(s) on campus, I carry my usual every day three-inch blade/multi tool and sometimes an additional three-inch knife. For local PD to respond at my campus, it's going to be a 10 to 20 minute wait until backup arrives. At least the cold weather limits the middle east radicals from my campus.\tNationwide concealed carry is a must. Too many lone wolf stuff and terror threats happening that need to meet a swift and conclusive end. Having the means to possibly end the fight physically is a must.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 19:20:02\tAbout once every couple of weeks. And after a campus shooting is on the national news.\tI worry very little about it because I know that college campuses remain one of the safer places to be in terms of violent crime and as workplaces. Still, much like seeing where the nearest emergency exit is in an airliner, it is a good idea to think about what to do if an emergency happens. My campus has a set of "what-to-do" instructions including a "campus shooter" video. That is the extent of my behavioral changes.\t\t1\t4\tIt is a good idea to think about what to do if an emergency happens. 12/3/2015 19:22:09\tEvery day.\tI do worry. That is why I carry concealed.\tThe more law-abiding concealed carriers on campus the better.\t1\t1\tThe more law-abiding concealed carriers on campus the better. 12/3/2015 19:22:39\tAlmost never. \tIt affects my behavior only in that I'll want them to be properly licensed and want registered with campus police the whereabouts of that person. I also want to have my registered, licensed gun with me too. \tI have no real fears of campus shootings because I believe that they are results of psychoanalytic problems, not guns. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 19:27:05\tEveryday. Multiple times a day.\tYes. I'm taking more time to evaluate any student that may see "off" or out of place. It's terrible that I think this way now.\t\t1\t1\tIt's terrible that I think this way now. 12/3/2015 19:31:23\tOften, but only because it's a focus of my research and advocacy efforts to keep guns off campuses.\tIt makes me "jumpier" in class.\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 19:36:29\tA lot. Almost every time I'm on campus.\tYes. I now carry a gun on campus, despite the fact that it's against the law. If I hear shots fired, I will respond and protect myself and my classmates.\tSince 1950, there have only been two mass shootings that have not occured in places that heavily restricted or prohibited the ownership or carrying of weapons. \t1\t2\tI now carry a gun on campus, despite the fact that it's against the law. 12/3/2015 19:38:17\tEveryday I am on campus.\tSometimes. For instance, I teach in one classroom that has windows looking into the hallway, and I constantly find myself becoming distracted when individuals pass by, but I often find myself contemplating if it was a shooter — all of this while trying to lecture. Needless to say I get distracted.\tI'm glad to see our thoughts (university employees) are being solicited. I feel like our opinions are never considered when thinking about rules directly impacting is.\t1\t2\tI constantly find myself becoming distracted when individuals pass by. 12/3/2015 19:38:54\tEvery time I hear about a public mass shooting (whether it is on a campus or not)\tI've planned in my mind what I would like to do if someone comes to my classes or office with a gun. Other than that, no.\t\t1\t3\tI've planned in my mind what I would like to do if someone comes to my classes or office with a gun. 12/3/2015 19:43:40\tNow and then, but I have to believe that it's not a probability.\tI live in Florida, which has a pending open-carry law for campuses. It's interesting that the legislature is "No way!" regarding the possibility of open carry in legislatures! So I worry a lot about what could happen if campus carry becomes the law.\t\t1\t4\tI worry a lot about what could happen if campus carry becomes the law. 12/3/2015 19:49:36\tI think about mass shootings daily. Although most students do not pose a threat, there are many who are on medications to deal with every day life. There are others who are desperate to earn certain grades in order to progress, yet are unprepared to put in the requisite effort. It's hard to predict how they will react in any given situation. My concerns are often elevated with the shootings that continue to occur at not only colleges and universities, but also in the broader communities, both in the United States and abroad.\tI do my best to deliver bad news to students in an even and fair manner in order to help them accept the facts regarding their performance. I also try to ensure I only meet with difficult students when other faculty are in the vicinity. In some situations, I keep my thoughts to myself, even when students need someone to fully explain to them the implications of their actions.\t\t1\t1\tI think about mass shootings daily. 12/3/2015 19:50:22\tI'm quite wary about a mass shooting happening at my university. Recently, two idiot politicians proposed a a law that concealed carry is to be allowed in the U Wisconsin system. And with the current dystopian Walkerian government here, it's just a matter of time before that results in a big massacre, which will be followed by the usual bullshit of "Guns don't kill people, people kill people," and calls for ineffective prayers.\tI try to limit my time at work - when I'm at work, I keep my door shut. If people want to come, they can knock on my door. I think having a peephole is probably a good idea too. And, when I'm teaching, I always carry a flask of piping hot tea with me. If some shooter comes, at the very least, I'm going to pour some tea on his gonads. Which is wishful thinking, but I do love my cup of tea, so in either case, if I've got to kick it, I'll have some tea in me besides the bullets.I also prefer teaching online these days.If I could, I'd do all my teaching online, and rarely if ever go to campus.\tWith all of this bullshit legislation spreading like wildfire thanks to the pimps of the NRA, I think it's high time that a TSA like organization be started for colleges, schools, and even day cares. You have a class at 1 pm - tough luck, get your butt to school by 10 am, so you can be searched through and through.
But I doubt that's happening -so, I suppose I'll have to go and procure my own gun now, and armor to boot too. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 19:58:47\tEvery time a shooting is in the news, I imagine it happening at my state college, to my beloved students and colleagues — to me. I think of how porous the buildings are with all the unlocked doors, glass, and large sunny spaces. The shooter's dream would be our nightmare. \tIn my 30th year teaching English, I am considering locking the doors of the classrooms of which I am in charge after class begins, or maybe moments later to collect the inevitable stragglers.
I haven't done this yet, nor gotten used to the strangeness of the idea. In the doing of this, I would be at once protecting my captive charges, creating awkwardness, and acquiescing to fear ... but that is how terror works, right? Our leaders tell us to live our lives, but I am exhausted by how false this exhortation feels to me in 2015. \t\t1\t3\tI think of how porous the buildings are with all the unlocked doors, glass, and large sunny spaces. 12/3/2015 19:59:54\tI'm not afraid of a mass shooting on our campus if the term refers to the nondiscriminatory killing of many people. But I'm a bit concerned about a colleague who has been demonstrating erratic, often combative, behaviors. This individual reminds me of Amy Bishop at the University of Alabama. \tYes, what worries me is the possibility that the aforementioned colleague snaps one day, picks up a gun, and comes to our meeting to shoot us all for revenge. I've been avoiding any contact with that individual. I try to stay in my office as little as possible, too. The thought of anyone readily using gun violence against coworkers for whatever grudges has been negatively affecting my work productivity.\tWhether it is an act of terrorism or an act of vengeance resulted from a work-related dispute, one thing that is clear to me is this: Easy access to guns makes it more likely for individuals to resort to the lethal method of "solving" their problems at the cost of our lives.\t1\t3\t I try to stay in my office as little as possible. 12/3/2015 20:00:28\tI live in a state with more guns than people. Except in places, such as say college campuses (where firearms are largely illegal to carry), someone would have to be stupid to even ponder such an act. On campus, around here, I'm not too worried, since the firearms-friendly culture tends to lend an atmosphere of respect for the effects of the utilization of lethal force, and self control enough to be aware of the consequences of potentially violent actions, leading to a reduced likelihood of (specifically firearms-related) violence.\t\tI'm NOT scared about firearms violence on campus, because I'm sane, non-criminal, socially adapted, and OH, WAIT, I carry a gun, legally. I'm curious to see how intellectually honest you really are, and if you'll post my comments since I'm not feeding the fear and ignorance machine that claims that inanimate objects are responsible for the violent, sociopathic/psychotic behavior of unbalanced individuals, while conveniently ignoring both fact (FBI and numerous other sources of scientifically valid statistics) and any opposing viewpoints.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 20:07:01\tI typically think of it only when there is a mass casualty shooting on a college campus, which means that this year I have been thinking of it more frequently than usual. Also have a daughter at Virginia Tech so anytime we visit, I can't help but be reminded.\tWhen in meetings on campus or at college events, I identify exits and try to sit close to them, similar to wanting to sit near an exit row on an airplane. Surprisingly enough I also have an escape plan in mind: where I would go and how quickly I could move. This is not a lengthy thought process — rather, it is a quick check when I enter the room. I also have an exit strategy from my office and my team has discussed what to do in the event of an active shooter incident.\tLiving in a gun culture has created this checklist mentality for me when in public places. Sometimes I go to Chipotle for lunch — there is a long line to the door and I find myself standing in line with my back to the wall, where I can keep an eye on the crowd. Crazy.
The question you have made me ponder is, Where do I feel safe? Unfortunately, work used to be a place where I absolutely felt secure and safe. Today, not so much.\t1\t3\tWork used to be a place where I absolutely felt secure and safe. Today, not so much. 12/3/2015 20:08:05\tEvery day.\tYes. I keep my head on a swivel, always look for the exits, carry bear spray, wear closed toed shoes so I can run away faster.\tI should be able to carry a firearm for self-defense. Not just because I'm a military member who is proficient with firearms but because everyone is responsible for their own safety and the Second Amendment doesn't cease to apply once I leave my dorm\t1\t1\tI should be able to carry a firearm for self-defense. 12/3/2015 20:08:40\tI don't worry about it.\t\tMass shooting events are exceedingly rare, and worrying about them or modifying my behavior is irrational.\t1\t5\tMass shooting events are exceedingly rare, and worrying about them or modifying my behavior is irrational. 12/3/2015 20:09:47\tA bit.\tYes. I wish I could carry my own firearm.\tPutting a sticker on the door that says 'gun-free zone' is insane!\t1\t3\tPutting a sticker on the door that says 'gun-free zone' is insane! 12/3/2015 20:18:06\tEveryday.\tYes. I make sure I'm well aware of my surroundings and know how to react if there was an attack on campus.\tAugust cannot come fast enough for Texas college students to protect their lives while seeking higher education. \t1\t1\tI make sure I'm well aware of my surroundings and know how to react if there was an attack on campus. 12/3/2015 20:25:47\tA few times a semester.\tI report students who concern me a lot more frequently than I used to. I'd prefer that experts make the call about whether a student is potentially dangerous rather than relying on my judgement. \tMore guns on campus aren't the answer. There are too many substances on campus — alcohol, illegal drugs, psychoactive medications — for guns to be handled safely by and around students, even those who have training or expertise with guns.\t1\t3\tMore guns on campus aren't the answer. 12/3/2015 20:26:38\tRarely. \tIt doesn't. \tI'm more worried about creepers bothering students.\t0\t0 12/3/2015 20:35:11\tI'm far more likely to get mugged on the way to the parking lot than I am to be in a mass shooting. So while I'm vigilant about safety in my office, I'm on edge on campus late at night.\tI stay in well-lighted areas and walk with others at night. Most people threatened with guns near my campus are alone and not paying attention to their surroundings.\tI would strongly consider exploring concealed carry if a permit were feasible to obtain in my state. \t1\t4\tI'm far more likely to get mugged on the way to the parking lot than I am to be in a mass shooting. 12/3/2015 20:41:36\tVery often, even though that's statistically irrational, since mass shootings are not increasing in number (and the homicide rate is half of what it used to be).\tYes. I carry a gun every day on campus and in class, even though it's not allowed by the university. I'm a faculty member.\tIt's a travesty that faculty members at most colleges aren't allowed to legally concealed carry. Congress should pass a law denying all federal funds to any college that makes its anti-gun policies any stricter than state or federal law generally.\t1\t2\tI carry a gun every day on campus and in class, even though it's not allowed by the university. 12/3/2015 20:47:57\tfairly low, im at a senior level and im dont hang around campus. if i could carry a gun, i would. i have a ccw.\tno, i have to much invested in classes to worry about anything else\tsurvey is poorly written\t0\t0 12/3/2015 20:54:25\tI seldom do, if you mean specifically on my campus. I have to admit that recently I have a heightened awareness of this possibility in places like malls, farmers' markets, fast food restaurants, the post office, the public schools, sports fields and stadiums, and other public places. My campus is one more of these public venues, of course, but I don't feel any more vulnerable there than I do at the mall.\tI am now a close observer of crowds, especially as I approach them.\t\t1\t4\tI am now a close observer of crowds, especially as I approach them. 12/3/2015 20:55:41\tOften enough that my family has an understanding about what to do, where to meet, and what to do if I don't come home. Often enough that I have a plan in my mind of where to hide, how to escape and I pay attention to everyone around me. I'm a single parent. I think about this daily.\tI pay attention and know multiple ways out.\tI hope I never have to react, hide, escape, or witness the violence of a campus shooting. \t1\t1\tMy family has an understanding about what to do, where to meet, and what to do if I don't come home. 12/3/2015 20:58:14\tOften. Guns are banned on campus and criminals target gun-free zones\tYes, it makes me more cautious and spend less time studying late at the library and campus in general.\tStudents should be allowed to defend themselves like every honest citizens should and do.\t1\t2\tStudents should be allowed to defend themselves. 12/3/2015 21:00:33\tVery often. Our legislature is poised to allow open carry and I am deeply concerned and afraid.\tNot really other than I feel that I am generally more suspicious of individuals and at the same time feel concern and fear for the students who regularly inhabit my area — the campus library.\tHelp us.\t1\t2\tOur legislature is poised to allow open carry and I am deeply concerned and afraid. 12/3/2015 21:01:46\tFrequently. Having been a student at a university where a mass shooting occurred, I think about the possibility at least once a semester. \tI'm concerned about students being upset over poor grades and how they'll emotionally handle failing. I also worry about their personal life spilling into their academic one. And their general coping skills. I'm worried that it impacts how I grade.
I always assess a classroom and the building itself for exits and security. \t\t1\t3\tI think about the possibility at least once a semester. 12/3/2015 21:05:56\tAny time I hear an unfamiliar voice walk through our front door.\tYes; we have adjusted front desk policies and implemented a "safe word" within the office. Just after that initiative with our student workers, the lock on the front door was updated so it could be locked remotely.\t\t1\t3\tWe have adjusted front desk policies and implemented a 'safe word' within the office. 12/3/2015 21:07:54\tDaily.\tYes, I pay attention to security aspects such as door locks, exits, lines of sight and fire, cover and concealment. I also consider how I could protect my students in the event of an attack.\tIt is time to end "gun free zones." D.C. Police Chief Kathy Lanier is right; when all else fails, you need to be able to fight back and a concealed handgun is the best compromise. Like a fire extinguisher, when you need one, YOU REALLY NEED ONE.\t1\t1\tI pay attention to security aspects such as door locks, exits, lines of sight and fire, cover and concealment 12/3/2015 21:08:28\tDaily. Campuses are not secure, they are target rich environments for mentally-unstable individuals who want to make the news. \tI avoid ALL gun-free zones. I take classes online. I do not go anywhere that I'm not welcome to protect myself. \tI don't care if my instinct for self preservation offends anyone. I'm a concealed carrier, passed background checks, have extra permits from the ATF and am not a "risk to public safety." Grow up and realize extremists, be that mentally challenged, religious or political, will always capitalize on our media's lust for sensationalism. They know to make the largest impact, they need to go where there is the least resistance. That is the simple logic, that some people just will not admit. \t1\t1\tI take classes online. I do not go anywhere that I'm not welcome to protect myself. 12/3/2015 21:08:42\tI rarely think about the possibility of a mass shooting on my campus, even when one has just been reported.\tNo, I do not worry about gun violence on campus. The odds of me being killed in a traffic accident far outweigh the chances of me (or any of my colleagues) being killed/injured in campus gun violence. It is a tragedy when such events occur, but they are still extremely rare in proportion to other ways of meeting a violent death in the United States.\t\t1\t4\tIt is a tragedy when such events occur, but they are still extremely rare. 12/3/2015 21:21:29\tWhile it is a rare event, they do happen. Folks say that it is rare as being hit by lightning but I have had that experience. I've dealt with students that are disturbed and who knows who has the potential to go to a violent path? There are no real reliable predictors. A Chronicle columnist once wrote of buying a shotgun due to student threats. \tSince I have just retired, I do not worry about it for myself. I do worry about the students that might be caught in an incident. If I were still working, I would engage the campus committees to put into place realistic measures for safety. I note that most administrators and faculty have little real-world knowledge of the risks and measures. They only view the issue through a political lens.\tMy school has not adopted any realistic measures for a critical incident. There are surface attempts that in my opinion are really liability control. There is a video on what to do with instructions to run, hide, fight. But there are no real drills, no information about how such an event would actually be announced and how you can realistically defend yourself. The school refuses to consider critical incident first aid training (as recently suggested in The Atlantic and Wall Street Journal). Two administrations have told me that they would have to consult the lawyers before doing such.
The rooms have little in the way of barricading; the doors and the walls are glass. That was to enhance interdisciplinary interactions. Hard to hide behind transparent walls.
One controversial issue is campus carry. The administration and most of the faculty are against such. The reasons are: 1) Politics — conservatives like guns, they are liberal. So that solution cannot be considered. 2) You might shoot an innocent — a version of the Trolley car problem. 3) The administration feels that the liability and financial risk of a concealed carrier doing something untoward on campus is less than the liability of a suit blaming the school for not preventing a campus shooting. This was presented at a seminar on such that I attended. 4) The safety room, let's color when you fail a test, trigger warning paradigm leads to folks who cannot conceive of defending themselves. 5) They fear the concealed carrier will go nuts over a new core curriculum at the faculty meeting or a student with a "D" will draw and shoot them. Why doesn't that student now just beat a faculty member to the floor? That doesn't happen. So there is no evidence of this risk. 6) Admitting a terrorist risk is seen as being racist.
As we know, the first victims die in the first few minutes. There are no realistic self-defense measures for a planned attack on a large lecture hall except for people who have firearms and know how to use them. There is a fantasy that Hillary will become president and pass gun control that will be confiscatory of all the guns in America. That won't happen.
So mentally-ill shooters or terrorists will continue in their actions. Candlelit vigils are already planned by the PR flacks of the universities. Faculty and administrators are enablers in the sense that they make it easy for the mosters.\t1\t3\tAs we know, the first victims die in the first few minutes. 12/3/2015 21:22:14\tDaily. I teach at a community college. \tYes, I discuss safety and fears etc. with my students.\tThe fear is exacerbated by daily mass shootings covered in the media. It is now clear that they can happen anywhere. \t1\t1\tIt is now clear that they can happen anywhere. 12/3/2015 21:24:37\tDaily\t\tI look at my classrooms as potential sites of violence and assess the best place for my students and to barricade ourselves if necessary. I have expressed concerns to our administration about the fact that I cannot lock my own classroom door. I continue to teach, to interact with students and colleagues as I always have, but the prospect of a mass shooting is always on my mind.\t1\t1\tI have expressed concerns to our administration about the fact that I cannot lock my own classroom door. 12/3/2015 21:29:34\tOnly when we have a terrorizing drill.\tOnly when we have a terrorizing drill. It terrorizes my students.\tDrills are terrorist activities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reign_of_Terror\t0\t0 12/3/2015 21:33:25\tMore often than I should.\tNo\tI feel like gun-free zones make people sitting ducks. It takes crutial minutes for police to get there when a responsible person could end it in seconds and save lives. We have the right to bear arms given tonus by the second amendment, and I am proud of my right and want to be able to carry my weapon to HAVE THE CHANCE to save myself or my friends IF the need were to arise. Furthermore, the problem is not that guns are too easy to get; it is that there is a black market and criminals don't follow the laws and liberals fail to see that.\t1\t2\tI feel like gun-free zones make people sitting ducks. 12/3/2015 21:35:57\tI don't know when the next one across the US will happen let alone the next one leading to the thinking that the very existence of the possibility one happening anywhere at anytime means it could happen where one's campus resides. It could happen where you are or myself. No one can predict their whereabouts. \tDue to the laws and unconstitutional policies related to weapons/devices used for defense including those with the only rational applicable use is for the device to used for self defense, yet can be used offensively in other ways leads to confusion in how one protects his/herself. How is the constant threat above one's head a healthy environment when the possibility of, "stuff might go down", in any way or at anytime is a constant distraction to daily tasks and/or one's job. The distraction comes in the forced tactful and strategic mindset one needs to be in when the constraints of your survival are always open to attack meaning one is constantly on guard whenever one maneuvers too. During the daily routine of one's day in an environment socially believed to be acceptably safe when scientifically statistically irrefutable facts about the future are not predictable. Do I go out at night? Do I drive alone, even during the day? Do I walk to class by taking this shortcut? Is it OK to walk past this Frathouse during "this" time of day? How do I defend off a stronger opponent? What types of behavior are criminals targeting? I am being followed: is it a lethal or nonlethal targeting attempt? How can I reach for help if I'm alone and being attacked? Will the criminal wait for me to call 911 before the attack happens? My phone is dead, how will I reach for help when I am unable to do so? What will I do then? My power is out along with my phone line from having a heavy storm; how will I call for help If I am in the process of being robbed or attacked another way? These headlights have followed me for X miles including the turns, my phone is dead, but I need to stop to reach the plug to charge my phone; what will the other driver do when I stop if the campus bans firearms?\tEverywhere I walk I need to walk with caution and a plan that is constantly evolving in my head for when disaster hits. Even if one had a firearm the reality is still unchanged as one would still need to carryover the same thinking as before. Just because one would carry a firearm doesn't mean they can roam wherever without consequences. The alleyways are still going to be less safe and driving alone a night will still be more dangerous, but for the few occasions you do find yourself in those higher risks events, having a firearm will give one a peace of mind for thwarting off any attacker and confidence that the approach from another person is on the same playing field that you are. The equality is not given during the mere presence of having a firearm, but by also having the right training and knowledge of the firearm. This is the carryover of the strategic thinking that is necessary. For when the power goes out and even if the "S**T hits the fan" does one exercise the god given right to defend thy castle of one's soul, your body, with any means necessary. One has the right to defend oneself by any means necessary in any location making it the necessity of having to carry a firearm. The resulting law put in place in CO has limited the capacity of magazines to 10 rounds. When was the last time a "criminal" has obeyed the law and used only legal weapons and/or legal capacity magazines when large magazines can be brought in from anywhere around the world through illegal smuggling. During a "firefight" within CO would limit the good samaritan to only having 10 rounds per magazine allowing that same knowledge of information to be used by the "criminal" by knowing there will be only 10 and by having a larger than 10 round capacity means the criminal can target and approach the victim with confidence that the samaritan is "not lethal" while reloading his/her firearm with a new 10 round magazine leading to a possible victim death. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 21:42:06\tAs a college student and lab instructor on campus, I think about this almost every day. I'm not afraid. I know it is unlikely. But I'm angry that I am expected to be unarmed in the face of this possibility. That I'm expected to be helpless to defend myself or others.\tI want to be able to carry a gun for self-defense. I observe my surroundings and look for what might make a good improvised weapon if there was an attacker. Fighting an armed gunman by bashing him with a textbook is probably suicidal, but better than the "Duck and Cover" (a.k.a. wait your turn to be executed) or "Carry a rape whistle to call for help" methods of self-defense that the administration recommends. Gun shots are louder than rape whistles, by the way.\tWhen guns are banned on campus, campus becomes a disarmed victim zone. The mass shooters choose places like colleges where they know they will face little resistance because they only make the news if they have really high casualty counts. \t1\t1\tAs a college student and lab instructor on campus, I think about this almost every day. 12/3/2015 21:58:45\tEvery other day.\tYeah — I keep my concealed carry handgun in my car. My constitutional rights don't end when I go on campus.\tPolice response times are slow. I only trust myself or other licensed handgun owners. Gun -ree zones don't work — they only allow psychos to know nobody will shoot back. \t1\t2\tPolice response times are slow. I only trust myself or other licensed handgun owners. 12/3/2015 22:01:16\tEvery time I step onto my college campus. Or into another public/vulnerable place such as the mall or a theater. \tI always have what I can legally carry to defend myself on my person or stashed in my car. Being a poor college student however, I do not carry anything yet that requires an expensive permit. In addition to this, I have frequent "daydreams" as I like to call them during class (quite distracting from my lectures to be honest), planning the actions I would take if I perceived a threat. Who I would depend on of my classmates, whether I could make it out a window or, if I was close enough, attempt to stop the aggressor before he or she could hurt more people. With these things in mind I try to sit in strategic places in the classroom. For example, behind the door or next to the window or at the very least, make friends with a classmate that appears able to handle themselves in a fight. I continue my studies however with the hope that none of that will happen and faith that my country will find a better solution than disarming its citizens and spoiling their freedoms.\tGod bless America. -A paranoid people person\t0\t0 12/3/2015 22:06:38\tCouple times a month.\tI'm more thorough with following through with, and communicating with troubled and socially isolated students.\t\t1\t3\tI'm more thorough with following through with, and communicating with troubled and socially isolated students. 12/3/2015 22:07:30\tRarely.\t\tLiving in Mass. where I attend and work on a campus I do not think about gun related issues on campus unless they are brought up in news elsewhere. I think students in the north feel a little safer at schools because the gun laws are a little more strict. Strict gun laws make it hard to obtain guns which lowers the amount of gun violence. I grew up in VA where everyone had a gun, and my father is from Indiana where guns are pretty regular as well. I wouldn't want to attend a school in either of those state, or any state for that matter where guns are easily purchased. \t1\t4\tI think students in the north feel a little safer at schools because the gun laws are a little more strict. 12/3/2015 22:07:31\tWhat kind of nonsense is this? Only a moron would ignore the possibility, however remote, of a campus shooting. Sadly, it's in the ether. Stop exploiting this fear for another silly CHE survey leading to a silly CHE article on it. This is an all-too-typical, navel-gazing, let's-decide-to-discuss-whether-we should-discuss, empty-headed academic exercise. What's next: Do you think caffeinated coffee overexcites your classroom presentations? \t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 22:15:50\tWhenever we have a student that is a problem or at threat of failing out I worry. They always seem to blame us when they fail.\tMaybe I'm less harsh on students, try not to be a part of conversations about remediation. Aware of my surroundings more.\tIt is so sad we have to worry about this. I don't want to be scared of my students.\t1\t2\tIt is so sad we have to worry about this. I don't want to be scared of my students. 12/3/2015 22:22:45\tIncreasingly I am forced to. Our campus is quiet, but so are most until...\tIt doesn't, other than me reading more about shootings than I should or would like. \tI feel afraid for my daughter attending college. It's a few years off, but it seems like it will take more than a few years to alter the course of gun violence in our country. The 2nd Amendment sucks, and I wish people would just let each other be. \t1\t2\tI feel afraid for my daughter attending college. 12/3/2015 22:26:13\tEvery time there is a mass shooting somewhere else.\tI'm not afraid of it. I'm prepared for it. My safety is my responsibility. \t\t1\t3\tI'm not afraid of it. I'm prepared for it. My safety is my responsibility. 12/3/2015 22:26:16\tUnfortunately, more and more.\tI have two responses to this concern. First, I think about the possibility more frequently when I could be using the time and energy elsewhere, and second, I am concerned that educators in higher education, particularly in public institutions are essentially sitting ducks where gun violence on campus is concerned.\tOur politicians must be held accountable by the electorate for their collective inability to do anything useful to address this issue.\t1\t2\tI think about the possibility more frequently when I could be using the time and energy elsewhere. 12/3/2015 22:27:42\tIt is a definite risk, seeing as how most campuses are borderless, insecure, target-rich environments with little to stop a motivated offender.\tI exercise my rights to self-defense, which isn't different because I happen to work on a college campus. My interest in self-defense predates earning advanced degrees. Training negates fear. We do not live in an ideal, ivory tower world... adapt to reality.\tBet you won't use these comments, will you?\t0\t0 12/3/2015 22:30:42\tDaily.\tMy worry affects my behavior in that I keep my office door closed whenever possible, and I have changed my route around campus to avoid the large lecture centers whenever possible. \tCampus security at my university is terrible. I'm not sure what the solution is, but I feel unsafe to the point where I chronically worry about it. \t1\t1\tMy worry affects my behavior in that I keep my office door closed whenever possible. 12/3/2015 22:32:12\tEvery week.\tYes, I'm generally on edge right after an event and might take more time to lock my class up while I am teaching.\tI didn't go to college to carry a weapon. I don't make enough as a PTer to pay for my own funeral expenses.\t1\t2\tI didn't go to college to carry a weapon. 12/3/2015 22:36:19\tNever.\tNo\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 22:39:58\tVery often.\tNot really\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 22:41:34\tAlmost daily.\tYes, I am concerned about it and I am aware of some the precautions that have been taken here. I feel relatively secure. My behavior is one of increased awareness. We do have a problem with elements of our local community, petty crimes and some assaults on university people but no gun violence.\tOur politicians do not have the spine to go up against the gun lobby despite that so many people, the majority, want a change.
I grew up with guns and I know full well how destructive that they can be.\t1\t1\tI grew up with guns and I know full well how destructive that they can be. 12/3/2015 22:54:58\tEvery time I am forced to abandon the weapon I am legally allowed to carry most everywhere in order to go to and from campus.\tI pay attention, stay close to exits. Situational awareness beyond what is average.\tGun-free zones don't work. \t1\t2\tI pay attention, stay close to exits. Situational awareness beyond what is average. 12/3/2015 22:57:31\tWeekly. We are in a major metropolitan area.\tI'm more aware of people and my surroundings. \tHubs have no place on a college campus!! \t0\t0 12/3/2015 22:59:29\tDaily. With 50,000+ students and no current legal means of self protection plus a two mile one way bicycle commute the fear of a mass casualty/shooting event weighs on my heart constantly.\tClearly. I carry an individual first aid kit with two tourniquets, I check my legal concealed carry sidearm in with the UPD, I leave my phone in a pocket while walking halls and sitting in classes, I assess my surroundings constantly and consider best exit/escape routes, and am lobbying for legal right to CC on campus. I also avoid going to campus whenever possible. I don't attend athletic events. I don't go to any social event that will likely draw large crowds, and I am taking regular self-defense and tactics courses. \tSince 1950 some 92 percent of mass shootings have occurred in "gun-free zones." Any other similar statistic would be met with immediate corrective course of action. As a father of a newborn and doctoral student headed toward a career as a professor, I live with constant concern and the dilemma of carrying in civil disobedience to protect myself or going unarmed and being another potential easy victim for spineless cowards seeking soft targets. \t1\t1\tI carry an individual first aid kit with two tourniquets. 12/3/2015 23:01:34\tTeaching should not be adversarial. Where is the sense in possibly turning teaching into an encounter between teacher and student, or student and student?\t\t\t0\t0 12/3/2015 23:02:18\tOnly when one happens elsewhere.\tNot really. I just think about what precautions to take in my classes (knowing exits, etc.).\t\t1\t3\tI just think about what precautions to take in my classes (knowing exits, etc.). 12/3/2015 23:21:13\tEvery single day, even when I am not on campus\tI take a defensive stance.\tI am a law-abiding citizen and my pistol permit should be honored on a college campus. Gun-free zones only stop law abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves.\t1\t1\tGun-free zones only stop law abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves. 12/3/2015 23:21:21\tEvery single day. Its only a matter of time before a gunman decides to kill unarmed and defenseless UF students.\tI am constantly scanning for threats and always have to know where an exit is. I am very anxious because if there was to be a shooting, we are all sitting ducks, left defenseless for the psychopaths to murder as they please.\tDue to restrictive gun laws on campus, I can't lawfully carry a firearm. If there were to be a shooting on campus, I would have no way of defending myself or my classmates. Although I have extensive firearm knowledge and training, I am told I am not mature enough or that I am too stressed out to defend my life, and that 'that is what the police are for.' Gun-free zones do not stop gun violence, instead they only allow killers safe places for murders to take occur. Almost every major shooting in the US recently has occured in a gun-free zone, but as we all know, criminals do not follow laws. No murderer will care about the gun laws he will break when he is about to break the law by killing people. Stop the senseless deaths now. Let lawful carry be allowed on campus. \t1\t1\tI am constantly scanning for threats and always have to know where an exit is. 12/3/2015 23:23:25\tMainly due to the media never shutting up about it, I get reminded that it is a possibility on a nearly daily basis, even though I know it's a much rarer occurrence than the media wants us to believe. Publicizing the living hell out of each one (as long as the attacker wasn't stopped by armed citizens, of course) has the tendency to make them appear as an epidemic, even though they are on the decline.\tI am prepared everywhere I go, including on my school campus, with a licensed concealed weapon. Thank goodness Utah has a few intelligent state legislators.\tAlways be aware of your surroundings and take responsibility for your own safety. When seconds count, police are only minutes away.\t1\t1\tWhen seconds count, police are only minutes away. 12/3/2015 23:27:52\tAlmost never.\tNot really.\tStatistically, the vending machine is much more likely to kill me (and probably will eventually, albeit in a very different and less dramatic way). \t1\t5\tStatistically, the vending machine is much more likely to kill me. 12/3/2015 23:29:16\tOften.\tI sit near doors \tOften. \t0\t0 12/3/2015 23:29:26\tAlmost never.\tI am more aware of where the exits are and sit so I can see the entrance.\t\t1\t5\tI am more aware of where the exits are and sit so I can see the entrance. 12/3/2015 23:31:46\tVery rarely to never. The only time I can think of considering a shooting on my campus is during discussions of shootings or citizen carry of weapons on campus. As a doctoral criminal justice major and retired police officer, these may come up more often than for most students, but it is still extremely rare to discuss or even consider these events.\tThis is not applicable since I do not worry about gun violence on campus.\tThe stereotypical campus shooting is an extremely rare event. It is so rare that they are hard for criminologists to study to see how to prevent them. Much more common, though still rare events, are more typical shootings that occur everywhere and just happen to occur on campus. By this, I mean a robbery that devolves into a shooting or some type of domestic dispute that escalates into shooting.
I believe that media coverage of these events may make people think they are extremely common when they are not something to worry about.\t1\t5\tThe stereotypical campus shooting is an extremely rare event. 12/3/2015 23:40:13\tFairly frequently. There was an event that happened last semester that had my school on edge but it turned out to be a non issue.\tMany times I don't feel safe in the classroom and daydream about what would happen if a shooter did walk through the classroom door. \tI believe that students that are 21 years old should be allowed to carry concealed on college campuses with the proper permit and training.\t1\t2\tMany times I don't feel safe in the classroom. 12/3/2015 23:41:45\tAlmost daily.\tI'm more aware of my surroundings and suspicious without cause.\t\t1\t1\tI'm more aware of my surroundings and suspicious without cause. 12/3/2015 23:43:13\tDaily.\tYes. I have asked our campus security to come in and conduct an active shooter training to help us prepare in case it happens.\tOur legislature passed a concealed carry law so students with concealed weapons can carry them onto campus. Last year my best friend left our campus because of this. I wish I could leave, too.\t1\t1\tI have asked our campus security to come in and conduct an active shooter training to help us prepare. 12/3/2015 23:49:08\tNearly every day.\tYes it does. I have pepper spray in my office and in my purse. Not that it would do any good in an active shooter situation. I am also having three panic buttons installed in department offices.\tWe are sitting ducks, in the classroom and in our offices. With rising tuition rates and reduced class availability, students are increasingly frustrated. How long before that frustration culminates in violence.\t1\t1\tI have pepper spray in my office and in my purse. 12/3/2015 23:51:20\tOften throughout the day.\tI make safety plans and look for exits and keep alert.\t\t1\t1\tI make safety plans and look for exits and keep alert. 12/3/2015 23:54:01\tNever.\tI worry about people carrying guns who think they will keep us safe.\tThe statistical likelihood is so small, I'd rather worry about being hit by lightning or eaten by a shark. The shootings are a terrible tragedy for those who have been killed and their loved ones, but that doesn't alter the fact that only a microscopic number of people will ever find themselves in such a situation. If I lived in a "concealed carry" state, I'd probably worry about it a lot more. Perhaps the stupidest idea offered in response to the recent spate of shootings is that we'd be safer if more people on campuses carried guns. But the chance of someone with a gun getting angry or the gun going off accidentally and someone getting shot is about a million times greater than the chance of someone with a gun heroically saving his/her classmates from the extremely small likelihood of a mass shooting.\t1\t5\tI worry about people carrying guns who think they will keep us safe. 12/3/2015 23:54:08\tWeekly\tI don't worry so much as I think about courses of action. I'm a vet, so I'm always running scenarios. I always sit to face the door, and carry when legally permitted. I keep an eye in everyone around me. \tDon't be afraid or the terrorists win. \t1\t3\tI don't worry so much as I think about courses of action. I'm a vet, so I'm always running scenarios. 12/4/2015 0:11:19\tI don't. But if I did I would tell you that there were far more mass killings thirty and forty years ago. And then I would ask: "what possible difference could these questions have on the subject of gun violence except to en flame the passions of people who already want to do away with other people's guns. I am clearly an outlier among your readership.\tI don't worry about gun violence. You who made up this stupid questionnaire must know how extraordinarily remote the chances are of someone dying or being wounded by gun violence on any given day.
\t12,000 people died of renal failure due to accidental over-dosing on acetaminophen. 38,000 people died in auto related accidents. You want to get serious about getting illegal guns off the street? Declare a state of emergency in the inner city of every major metropolitan area, suspend Habeas Corpus, and remove every illegal weapon from those neighborhoods. I guarantee you that the national death rate
would plummet to 5% of what it was. How's THAT for gun control????\t0\t0 12/4/2015 0:15:06\tAlmost never.\tN/A I don't worry about it.\tIf it matters, I teach at three community colleges in eastern Pennsylvania, one of which was closed for several hours today with a bomb threat that proved to be false.\t0\t0 12/4/2015 0:19:12\tEvery time I have to go to class. You can't find a bigger soft target. They don't allow students to concealed carry, yet they can't provide effective protection, it's utterly ridiculous. \tBecause I am lawfully banned from concealed carrying on campus, I am forced to resort to a taser as a defense method, not what I would call ideal should I have to face an active shooter. Thanks you bunch of pussies for creating a nation of victims. \tConcealed carry should be legal on all campuses. You do not have the right to make me defenseless. \t0\t0 12/4/2015 0:26:11\tNever.\tNo.\tAs a grad student on a campus that allows me to carry concealed, I really don't worry too much. \t1\t5\tAs a grad student on a campus that allows me to carry concealed, I really don't worry too much. 12/4/2015 0:33:24\tnot often.\tno.\tnota bene: www.universitaet.bockwurst.de.vu\t0\t0 12/4/2015 0:35:10\treally only when there's another news story. I live in a very rural place so we have the illusion of security somewhat. \tWell, I am a psychologist so I am always looking out for the student who is struggling anyway. Now I look a little more closely, particularly at those with drug and alcohol problems. \tSince I am in a place where almost everyone owns guns for hunting purposes, I am in the minority in not owning a gun. I almost fear the hypothetical retaliatory action more than an initial incident, because I suspect there are people around me who are looking for an excuse to shoot someone. I fear that if someone makes a threat that isn't serious, he or she might be shot because some gun owners can't differentiate what is a valid threat vs. not. What it boils down to is that I will always trust my ability to de-escalate with discussion and I don't think very many people believe that is possible anymore.\t1\t4\tI almost fear the hypothetical retaliatory action more than an initial incident. 12/4/2015 0:42:20\tWeekly, and recently, daily. I am told that this fear is unfounded, but having worked in small, crime-riddled cities, near a massive military base, and in south Texas, I still think that it can happen. \tIt makes me be more cautious in my classroom and paranoid when walking to my car after a night lecture. I make sure that others are in the office suite when I know ahead of time I am meeting with students. I now have campus emergency contact numbers programmed into my personal cell phone in case I need them and am not near the phones in my office or classrooms. \tIn Texas, our politicians and voters recently passed a bill allowing guns onto campuses. This has made me even more afraid in light of the recent shootings, because it means that unless my campus decides to ban guns and ignore the lawmakers, my students can all now carry a gun into my classroom. The possibility of facing 25 students at a time all carrying a handgun on days that I return essays is really, really scary. \t1\t1\tIt makes me be more cautious in my classroom and paranoid when walking to my car after a night lecture. 12/4/2015 0:50:38\tAt least once a week. More often if there is a mass shooting that makes national headlines.\tYes, I think it does-- I'm certainly more cautious with what I say to students than I was a couple of years ago. I think twice about critiquing them, for fear that I'll say the wrong thing and they'll try to get revenge with a gun. (Granted, I'm also temporary faculty, and am at the mercy of their course evaluations when I'm on the market again, but that's another issue.) I think about ways to barricade my classroom doors shut. I'm pretty sure that if we shoved all of the desks against the door, that would buy us some time... I hope I never have to find out. One of my classrooms has no alternative exit-- the one window (which doesn't open) and one door are next to each other-- and the door doesn't lock from the inside. I'm not sure what we would do if there were a shooting incident on campus, and that honestly scares me. I was in that class when news about the San Bernardino shooting broke (which was just 30 min away from me), and thought I might pass out.\tAt my previous University, we had "active shooter guidelines" posted next to the fire and tornado guidelines. I have a friend who teaches high school, and has to do active shooter (lockdown) drills like they do fire drills, only they're not told whether it's a drill or the real thing. It's undeniable that this is impacting the quality of education students receive-- if nothing else, teachers and professors are distracted by yet another thing that has nothing to do with curriculum. \t1\t2\tI think about ways to barricade my classroom doors shut. 12/4/2015 1:09:32\tMass shootings--or better yet, more broadly, targeted violence--have been a central focus of my research over the last four years in my Ph.D. program. I think it's fair to say that I'm never not aware of the possibility of a mass shooting or other attack happening on my campus. However, my research has me focusing less on the *possibility* of a mass shooting and more on the *probability,* which, despite the salience and emotional resonance of recent events, still remains very low. Although I do not wish to belittle the events that have already happened, obstruct problem-solving efforts, or invalidate people's very legitimate and very real fears, I am concerned that overemphasis on the possibility of a mass shooting produces a pathological anxiety that traumatizes and retraumatizes faculty, staff, and students and their loved ones.\tI do worry about gun violence on my campus, and it of course affects my behavior. I research it, teach it, and talk about it more than is probably healthy for me or my colleagues, family, friends, or acquaintances (my sincerest apologies go to my fiancée, my mother, my roommates, my dissertation committee, the regulars at my local coffee shop, and the other guests at my table at a wedding I recently attended). At the same time, I am aware that not all attacks occur in schools or involve guns (or only guns), hence the broader shift from "school shootings" to "targeted violence." I am more cautious and vigilant on and near campus, just as I am when I go to the mall, the movie theater, or any large gathering place. I regularly engage in frank and difficult conversations about my research, concerns, and coping mechanisms. I have never carried a gun, knife, or even pepper spray, and I don't plan to start doing so now. Every day I am aware that a student could walk into my classroom, office, or anywhere else on campus with a gun or other weapon regardless of whether my campus allows concealed carry, which I still do not support. Every day I am aware that I am not a therapist and that the counseling and psychological services on my campus and many other ones are overbooked, underfunded, and not much more likely than anyone else to predict accurately who will become violent and who will not. Every day I am aware of the security vulnerabilities all over my campus and that even the newest and best technology and procedures still may not guarantee safety for me or anyone else. Every day I choose to focus on the good in the world above the pain, fear, and suffering. Every day, I continue to teach because despite all of these concerns I refuse to let the possibility of targeted violence control how I live my life.\tAs you can probably gather from my responses above, I have many more thoughts on this topic.\t1\t2\tEvery day I choose to focus on the good in the world above the pain, fear, and suffering. 12/4/2015 1:13:12\tNearly every day. I am more suspicious of students and I pay more attention to their behavior.\tI am more hesitant to fail students now because of the possibility of violence. I am also less willing to talk about important but potentially polarizing issues in class for fear of offending a mentally unstable student.\tI am a part-time instructor. I don't get paid enough to worry about dying on the job.\t1\t2\tI am a part-time instructor. I don't get paid enough to worry about dying on the job. 12/4/2015 1:13:29\tI'm sad to say that with the current pattern of shooting after shooting, I think about it (even glancingly) during every class session, every day. I find myself looking for exits and windows and plotting escape paths. I catch my self examining the faces of people in the quad, wondering.....\tIt doesn't impact my day to day behavior, just my level of vigilance on a regular basis. I no longer walk blithely through my day. Though to be honest, I don't know how much, if there was a shooter, I could do to increase my chances of survival. I'm not planning on carrying a weapon to defend myself. So much depends on being in the wrong place at the wrong time. \tI wish that my campus would offer some kind of physical training session to the faculty, students, and staff. Sending out e-mails to tell us to "locate escape routes" isn't really helpful. Are other campuses providing training sessions? \t1\t1\tI find myself looking for exits and windows and plotting escape paths. 12/4/2015 1:26:48\tEvery other day, if not daily.\tI know exactly where all of the exits are from rooms I am usually in, and I have made plans for various scenarios such as when to block a door vs when to run or fight, and what should I say to students in my class if something should take place close by. The need to mentally rehearse a response to gun violence is not a part of my job description, but it is the reality of the job I have.\t\t1\t1\tI know exactly where all of the exits are from rooms I am usually in. 12/4/2015 1:29:48\tEach time a shooting is the news. I have had a student claim to own an AK. So yes, I think about this.\tYes. I try not to make students angry. I avoid failing students. This holds particularly true for students who have documented mental illnesses or those whom I suspect might have an undocumented mentally illness or disorder of some sort.\tWe have no drills. We have nothing in place that could help diminish anxiety about a potential attack or increase preparedness if we do face this circumstance. I doubt that many colleges do.\t1\t3\tI try not to make students angry. I avoid failing students. 12/4/2015 1:41:57\tEvery time I'm on campus, I am aware of the possibility, but I do not "fear" it.\tI do not "worry" about it, but I am aware of the possibility. The way this effects my behavior, is that I have heightened situational awareness, I am more observant, I don't walk around with my earphones on, or my head buried in my smartphone, and I am aware of where exits are in buildings, and where there is good cover and concealment when outside.\tAs a 50-year-old Professor with carry permits in multiple states, a competitive shooter with over 2 decades of experience and training, and an NRA-certified instructor, I am ashamed of my state of residence and the college where I teach that they force our campus to be a "victim disarmament zone" for people like me--people who are trained, willing, and able to put ourselves in harms way to protect and defend innocent students and faculty if the need should arise.\t1\t3\tI am more observant, I don't walk around with my earphones on, or my head buried in my smartphone. 12/4/2015 2:23:03\tEvery now and then. We actually had a threat recently and it really made everyone upset and traumatized. Nothing happened but it was surreal. \tIt makes me think about a lot of things. What's important in life? What do I value at this very moment? All that can be taken away in seconds. \tPeople talked about bringing their own weapons and firearms. I'm not sure if that's productive or helpful. It isn't a stranger, stressed student -- but could be a deranged colleague. Everyone is a suspect. One day, they are your colleagues or students, the next day, they can be your killer. It's scary and weird. Twilight zone feeling. \t0\t3\tPeople talked about bringing their own weapons and firearms. I'm not sure if that's productive or helpful. 12/4/2015 2:27:49\tJust about as often as I think about a shooting in my church, grocery store, or fast-food restaurant. Only when something like this questionnaire makes me think of it.\tNo.\tI really can't do anything about it. My State Legislature has shown that they don't care at all about my safety on campus; it's clearly more important to them to let students carry within my classroom, regardless of what I think. But, they don't want the same to happen in their own workplace. How fair is that?\t0 12/4/2015 2:30:07\tJust about as often as I think about a shooting in my church, grocery store, or fast-food restaurant. Only when something like this questionnaire makes me think of it.\tNo.\tI really can't do anything about it. My State Legislature has shown that they don't care at all about my safety on campus; it's clearly more important to them to let students carry within my classroom, regardless of what I think. But, they don't want the same to happen in their own workplace. How fair is that?\t0 12/4/2015 3:07:00\tnever\tno, it doesn't\t\t0 12/4/2015 3:40:47\tOccasionally.\tI carry a gun to protect myself and those around me.\t"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."\t0 12/4/2015 4:07:07\tPretty often. \tI'm more cautious when walking back to my vehicle and I pay attention to the actions of others while walking across campus. \tI cannot wait until campus carry goes into effect in Texas next August. I have to leave my firearm in my vehicle when I step foot inside a university building. What if an attack on campus happened? We'd be sitting ducks. All because legislators in the past have restricted our rights of protecting ourselves. A school shooting of today is like the Luby's massacre in the 1990's. I should have been able to carry but my legislators stole my rights and denied me the inherent and sacred ability to protect myself.\t1\t2\tWhat if an attack on campus happened? We'd be sitting ducks. 12/4/2015 4:08:40\tOnce per week. Our state hasn't been hit yet.\tYes - I took the active shooter response seminar. I plan exit routes, and consider packing heat myself. But I don't since fortunately it's not allowed. Or I'll quit academia and move to Canada...\tIt's terrifying and prayers are about all we can really do. Real gun control is a pipe dream. It's terrifying. I don't care what beliefs or cause is behind the barrel of the shooter; it's irrelevant. I feel like we live in a Terminator movie where you never know when the next guy who comes through the door is a T1000.\t1\t2\tI took the active shooter response seminar. I plan exit routes, and consider packing heat myself. 12/4/2015 4:34:55\tDaily. It has come to feel like an inevitable event. A bit like waiting for a balloon to pop.\tI am much more aware of my surroundings when I am out in public. I am attending a active shooter seminar being offered on campus.\tIt is a strange world we live in. The San Bernardino shootings in particular are revealing that the "shooters" left their baby with a relative before committing their heinous act. A young or mentally ill person committing a act like this fits a stereotype and oddly there is some security in thinking that you can tell when you are at risk. Having a young mother and father give up their baby moments before knowing they will be committing a crime that will assuredly result in their death is so unthinkable that it has me wondering what the future holds. We are currently in a very scary part of history. \t1\t1\tWe are currently in a very scary part of history. 12/4/2015 4:54:47\tDaily\tWhen teaching, I close and lock the classroom door and take a cell phone. \tWe need gun control\t0\t\tWhen teaching, I close and lock the classroom door and take a cell phone. 12/4/2015 5:23:55\tNot that often,but sometimes.\tIt only affects my behavior if I have a student who I worry is unstable and in danger of failing a class. While somebody in the class next door might be equally a problem, I have no sense of that. Only of potentially problematic students in MY classes.\tThe problem is that one doesn't want to stigmatize those with mental issues. MOST are completely harmless. And I don't think externally inspired home-grown terrorism is particularly and issues where I am. That said, universities DO need to encourage professors to report any potentially harmful comments/threats on assignments, tests, email... what-have-you...MOST of which will probably be threat against the student him/herself. (E.g. suicidal.)\t0 12/4/2015 5:42:50\tPretty much all the time, mostly due to the fact that I'm unarmed because of the laws, and I know mass shooters don't give a damn about the law.\tI'm on guard. I watch my surroundings. I'm hyper vigilant. I choose seats based on their proximity to exits.\tI would be much less worried about a mass shooting on campus if carrying a concealed weapon were an option.\t1\t1\tI would be much less worried about a mass shooting on campus if carrying a concealed weapon were an option. 12/4/2015 5:52:24\tSometimes\tCautious. Edgy \t2017. Needs to hurry up\t0 12/4/2015 5:56:52\tVery often.\tYes, it does affect my behavior. Even though it is against campus policy I carry my firearm daily to protect myself and those around my in the event of a shooting. If there's never an event, they'll never know I'm carrying a fireearm. If there IS an event, I'll take whatever comes of it. Expulsion is better than death.\tThe only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.\t1\t2\tThe only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. 12/4/2015 6:01:54\tAlmost daily. I work on a college campus\tI am more aware of student behavior and look for signs of distress. I also am conscious about exits and being in places where there is only one way out.\t Too many campuses do not have drills or active shooter training. A lot of buildings do not allow for cover. In many service areas there is no way to protect oneself especially with only one way in certain offices and one way out. \t1\t2\tI am more aware of student behavior and look for signs of distress. 12/4/2015 6:26:09\tA few times per week.\tNo. \t\t0 12/4/2015 6:35:26\tOff and on. I think of it when I have any negative experience with a student--a male student, I'll be honest. After a really strange and verbally abusive interaction with a disgruntled student last term (a student who I am certain is struggling with a personality disorder or schizophrenia), I was sure for a few days that he'd walk in and open fire on me and the other students in our class. But I felt ridiculous for thinking that. So I just walked into class the following Monday like I was going to meet my death. And then nothing happened. This was months ago, and I just woke up from a sleepless night brought on by the news stories about mass shootings, wondering if he was still out there plotting something.\tIt makes me paranoid about certain students. I end up profiling them. I notice odd behaviour, comments that put me on edge, I start to think about attendance patterns and I start to avoid controversial topics. I should note that I'm in Canada, where the likelihood of gun violence is lower (or has been, thus far). So again, I feel a little silly. But I can't help but be affected by all of these horrible stories.\t\t1\t3\tIt makes me paranoid about certain students. I end up profiling them. 12/4/2015 6:43:13\tAlmost every day. Poor judgement by local college administration along with inadequate responses to student complaints about underperforming faculty (hired to maximize university profits) and needlessly spiraling tuition rates have created an atmosphere of high anxiety. Students are increasingly frustrated by these conditions and rightfully so. In addition, Congress has provided little, if any, leadership on the issue of gun violence in the United States. Grossly inadequate responses to cries for better gun control legislation by congress and the vitriolic as well as disrespectful behavior of lawmakers towards pleas by President Obama for stronger gun laws have created a situation where the American public complacently accepts mass shootings as a social norm. We are all absolutely horrified by news of the latest senseless attack but government control by big money makes change impossible and we all just wait for news of the next attack. Meanwhile, radical right wing politicians use the issue of gun violence as an opportunity to gain the political spotlight to further their personal career ambitions. The idea that if we were all to carry concealed weapons we would all be safer is absolute insanity, yet this is touted as the ultimate solution to gun violence. The situation is simply out of control and only an even more horrific attack than that at Sandy Hook (if that's even possible) seems likely to break the stalemate in congress over gun control. What is one to do?\tI can't let the threat of potential gun violence control my life and influence how I serve my students. However, I also accept the high probability that this will happen at my institution someday if nothing changes with respect to our complacency about changes to gun control laws. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor simple steps like universal background checks, but there is no political will to take on this issue. While we all wait for the news of the next gun attack, I will continue to serve my students, but I will be much more diligent about monitor the hallways for signs of an imminent attack. I will hope for the best and expect the worst while I wait for congress to act.\t\t1\t2\tI can't let the threat of potential gun violence control my life and influence how I serve my students. 12/4/2015 6:44:25\tOccasionally\tI am more aware of my surroundings, and the people in my building have planned how to respond. \tOur university wisely provides response training. We also have an effective, and often used, campus alert system for all campus emergencies and trouble reports. \t1\t3\tOur university wisely provides response training. 12/4/2015 6:46:26\tNever\tNo.\tPeople afraid of campus shootings are typically people that know nothing about guns. \t1\t5\tPeople afraid of campus shootings are typically people that know nothing about guns. 12/4/2015 6:52:34\tI brief my class as to what they should do if this event occurs. I lock my classroom door when class begins to prevent entry. So, this is part of the class routine.\tI am constantly aware of my surroundings.\t\t0 12/4/2015 6:52:46\tAs someone with a background in criminal justice, I frequently think about the topic. I encourage my coworkers to plan escape routes. Thinking and planning for this type of event is the way to survive a shooting on your campus. Planning ahead may very well mean your survival.\tI have planned escape routes from my office. I know how I will barricade myself in my office. When I am in various offices on campus or in the classroom, I look around for possible escape routes. You have to be prepared!\tWe have to prepare for this type of event. I think the government has shown they are incapable of handling the problem of mass shootings on campus or anywhere in the United States. The tragedy at Sandy Hook should have spurred reforms and preventive actions--nothing happened. I would ask how many more incidents have to happen before the government takes action--but it would seem there is no limit.\t1\t3\tI have planned escape routes from my office. I know how I will barricade myself in my office. 12/4/2015 6:56:45\tAlthough this appears to be directed at students, as a faculty member at a large urban community college I think often about the possibility of a mass shooting on our campus. Most of our classrooms have only one door and most of these door do not have a lock. We have been advised to shelter in place and barricade in an active-shooter situation. But the majority of our classroom doors open out into the hallway, so barricading does not look like a real good option, at least not to me. The college conducts active-shooter drills occasionally; however, until something is done about the classroom doors, I will continue to believe that my students and I are extremely vulnerable.\tI am probably more vigilant these days than I used to be, and I suspect everyone is. But I am not aware that this has affected my behavior, certainly not in the classroom.\tI write guest op/ed columns on education for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A recent one concerned this very topic, so this is definitely something I am thinking about. If you would like to contact me, please feel free to do so. Rick Diguette Georgia Perimeter College Dunwoody, GA 30338 770-274-5594 email@example.com\t0 12/4/2015 7:09:25\t\t\t\t0 12/4/2015 7:12:55\tEvery day.\tI think about crashing my car every day, too, but I still drive. Life is filled with risks. As a professor, it is my job to tell the story about the day's subject matter and not be distracted by low probability hypotheticals. \t I also think that people who run out and buy guns that they think will make them safer, and people who think that there should be concealed carry allowed on campus are delusional cowards that are making the public less safe.\t0 12/4/2015 7:14:31\tYes. My school is in an area where the great majority of the population owns guns. We are also open enrollment, which means that we accept everyone without any screening process. \tI am careful when dealing with upset students or their family. I work with our police to keep them aware of students who make comments or behave in ways that are of concern. \t\t1\t2\tI work with our police to keep them aware of students who make comments or behave in ways that are of concern. 12/4/2015 7:19:11\tAt least weekly.\tI look for safe spaces in buildings and remain aware of exits.\t\t0 12/4/2015 7:21:15\tSporadically but definitely at the end of the semester when students are at a very high stress level.\tI often think about exits. How I could contact 911 quickly? Do I have my cell phone with me in class? I look at the giant doors outside my lecture hall that I have no control to lock. I think about being a target at the front of a giant lecture hall. I think, how I would instruct students, or would I freeze? Flee? And most of all I think am I responsible for these hundreds of students? After all of those questions and emotions, it turns to frustration and anger. Why have I never been trained to deal with any of this? My children have lockdown drills at their school. I have never been given any instructions\t\t1\t3\tI often think about exits. How I could contact 911 quickly? Do I have my cell phone with me in class? 12/4/2015 7:26:43\tEvery now and then\tNo. No. \tIf concealed weapons licensees were allowed to carry on campus I would not fear anything. Right now the only ones that carry guns on campuses are the police, and people that ignore laws and want to do harm. Gun fee zones do not work and are always the target of shootings. \t1\t3\tIf concealed weapons licensees were allowed to carry on campus I would not fear anything. 12/4/2015 7:39:02\tConstantly, especially when I teach controversial topics in my history classes.\tYes. A few years ago, a student came to office hours and threatened to kill me because he missed the final exam. My chair thought the student wasn't serious but I filed a complaint with campus police and the dean. I filed that the student have an informal hearing. The dean explained if I chose a formal college hearing, the student could question me about my syllabus policies. I felt like I was "guilty," even though I gave the exam on the college's scheduled exam date. The police told me they were glad I reported this because they felt it was a matter of time something happened at our school. This was in 2012- then Sandy Hook happened. We had a department meeting about safety and putting locks on our classroom doors, as well as improving cellphone service in buildings with dead spots. The police chief told us to fight and hide, and advised us female faculty who have been threatened but agrees ice students, mostly male, he told us to be escorted to class by a man.\tI teach US history. The Constitution was designed to be amended. The 2nd amendment of 1787 does not mean what it does today. No one should have a gun unless you want to serve in the military or law enforcement. I am a trained educator, not a sharp shooter. I believe I have a reasonable expectation to work in a safe environment where I'm not scared I won't return home to my family because an unstable person has a weapon but shouldn't. Congress fails us and makes a fool of our President who has had to address the most mass shootings....not right. \t1\t1\tA few years ago, a student came to office hours and threatened to kill me because he missed the final exam. 12/4/2015 7:51:04\tEvery day.\tYes, I now teach more online classes. The threat of violence in the classroom isn't the only reason I teach online classes, but it is one reason.\tA long time ago, people talked about choosing between guns and butter (with regard to government spending, I believe). Now, we have no choice: the gun culture is firmly established (guns are made available, gun ownership is encouraged, gun violence is seen as the only solution to any problem) and all we can do is worry about how we are going to survive. \t1\t1\tThe threat of violence in the classroom isn't the only reason I teach online classes, but it is one reason. 12/4/2015 7:54:57\tBefore Virginia Tech and an attempted shooting at Northern Virginia Community College, I never thought about it. Now I'm constantly on alert. I teach on a busy downtown area campus and we have unarmed mall cops and no full time psychologist for students. Our administration will not protect us; they showed a video saying security was an individual's responsibility. \tYes. For the first time in my career I'm afraid of angry online students who come to campus with questions. And another first, for me: I want metal detectors. Sad to say, I'm much less willing to interact with students in the ways that made me a good professor. I no longer feel able to challenge and engage without endangering other students as well as my colleagues and myself.\tI keep thinking about the community college professor who gently corrected a student,. The student came back and killed him and the other students. I'm haunted by that. \t1\t1\tSad to say, I'm much less willing to interact with students in the ways that made me a good professor. 12/4/2015 7:57:18\tAt least once or twice a month, more whenever there is another mass shooting in the news. \tNot really. I feel fearful sometimes, but am not going to change my daily actions because of it. There's nothing I can do, really. \tOnce in the parking lot, I saw a guy with what I thought for a second to be a gun. My heart stopped and I froze. Then I realized it was a cell phone or some sort of electronic device - I never learned exactly what it was, but definitely was not a gun.
So I tell myself that I'm being irrational and overreacting. And in situations like the one above, I surely was overreacting. But the truth is that I don't feel that it's irrational at all to fear a campus shooting while working at a university. Sadly, I feel that it's just a matter of time. \t1\t3\tI feel fearful sometimes, but am not going to change my daily actions because of it. 12/4/2015 7:57:40\tRarely\tNo\tWe actually has a "mass" shooting on campus in the 90s, perpetrated by a young female with an old, bolt-action military rifle. There was one fatality. The incident caused me great worry until I learned that our son, a student, was safe. But anyone who worries about the abstract possibility of gun violence on their campus probably has an irrational understanding of the actual risks. University campuses in general are among the safest places in America. Since our incident, the university has had as many fatalities from falling tree limbs (one) and, of course, numerous traffic fatalities. I have been frequently around strangers with guns for my entire adult life and have never had cause for fear. \t1\t4\tUniversity campuses in general are among the safest places in America. 12/4/2015 7:57:54\tIt seems that the possibility is more and more distinct.\tI try to remain more situationally aware and vigilant against becoming an easy target.\tAllowing students to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms in self defense would decrease casualties. Just take for example, Garland Texas, an armed man was able to stop two terrorists before they were able to harm anyone. It is the epitome of foolishness to present easy targets for terrorists to exploit.\t1\t3\tAllowing students to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms in self defense would decrease casualties. 12/4/2015 8:11:33\tAt the moment (just after yet another mass shooting event), multiple times a day... \tYes, it has changed my behavior on campus. I am now a lot more cautious, and aware of my personal safety while at work. Often working in my office with the door closed and locked. I think a lot more about watching for warning signs in my students and colleagues.
\tAs a foreign nationals working on an American campus, I and my husband have seriously thought about leaving the US because of the level of campus violence. It doesn't appear that there is any political to enact real changes that will reduce the number of shootings. \t0 12/4/2015 8:12:50\tEach time I step onto a physical campus.\tI mainly teach online and hybrids sections to minimize time in a physical classroom. This assumes the threat comes from outside. I evaluate my surroundings, even when teaching I try to maintain awareness of activity and sounds in the hall or outside the building. Classroom door is locked. And I have access to pull down a shade on the small door window if we need to shelter.\tI am much more alert of my students' behavior and interactions. We have a campus system to report various concerns specific to this. \t1\t3\tI am much more alert of my students' behavior and interactions. 12/4/2015 8:16:31\tWhen I see something suspicious; bi-weekly.\tI don't "worry." I just stay alert.\tI'm not sure what you are looking for with these questions. Seems like they are prompts to elicit a desired result. If you want real data, ask questions from a position of neutrality. If you want to produce propaganda, take political science.\t0 12/4/2015 8:18:07\tWhen I see something suspicious; bi-weekly.\tI don't "worry." I just stay alert.\tI'm not sure what you are looking for with these questions. Seems like they are prompts to elicit a desired result. If you want real data, ask questions from a position of neutrality. If you want to produce propaganda, take political science.\t0 12/4/2015 8:21:17\tI think about a mass shooting on campus far more than I would like to admit. With over 16,000 students on a campus with classroom buildings that are not locked, it's hard not to believe that this will happen here. \tI teach in a graduate program that trains mental health professionals, and I have significant concern about the appropriateness of one of our students. I have no doubt that he should not be permitted to work with vulnerable individuals, and even though we have evidence to dismiss him from the program, I cannot shake the fear in my gut that he would respond with violence. He could easily figure out where I live and he certainly know where I work. This clash of professional ethics with the gut fear of personal safety is nothing I ever imagined being a routine part of my work as a department chair member. \t\t1\t2\tI think about a mass shooting on campus far more than I would like to admit. 12/4/2015 8:21:54\tSadly, more often than not as our campus is located in Dearborn, MI where there is a large concentration of people who have immigrated from the Middle East.\tIt forces us to have a heightened sensitivity to student/staff behavior that perhaps otherwise we would dismiss as someone 'just having a bad day'. Unfortunately, we have to be skeptical and cautious all the time.\t Unfortunately, the reality of the times in which we live requires us to be vigilant and mindful that we could fall victim to one of these incidences. Thus, we need to have an on-going campus-wide dialogue on the topic as well as training to prepare students/staff as a precautionary measure. \t0 12/4/2015 8:24:34\tEvery day. So many students with mental health issues and not enough help available to meet the needs. Easy access to weapons.\tYes. I always look for the exit when I enter a room. How do I hide, what doors could we barricade. I teach a first year transition class and am afraid to give poor grades for fear of a reaction.\t\t0 12/4/2015 8:26:27\tI worry about the possibility every day. I live and work in Detroit, so I live and work with the threat of gun violence every day. However, it seems that the epidemic of anguish, the growing number of really angry people, and our growing acceptance as "normal" of mass shooting are a toxic mix. I feel like I am on borrowed time.\tWell, for starters, I tell my class on the first day that while they are expected to not use cell phones in class, they should be on, as is mine, in case of an emergency alert. Beyond that, what else can I do?\tThe debate seems to be that either everyone should have guns or no one should have guns. I live in a city where everyone has guns. I believe that no one should, and I am surrounded by the evidence that humans cannot manage themselves.\t1\t1\tI feel like I am on borrowed time. 12/4/2015 8:29:44\tOften. We're a small community college in the middle of a small/medium size city. We are an open campus, no security, no guns on campus. We have a "perfect" balance of rural/pro-gun people (who I would imagine conceal carry & have guns - it's hunting season - in their vehicles), as well as a big draw of inner-city students (who have openly brought handguns onto campus & in the dorms). Add to the mix today's sensitive student who CANNOT fail... I have felt unsafe more in the last 10 years than the first 20 of my career.\tYes - I don't ignore loud noises in the hall (will take a quick peek through the window to see what's going on... usually someone dropping a backpack or accidentally bumping into the table in the hall). I talk to my students about what we do in a lock down/active shooter situation... even to the point of IF a gunman access the class/office, what would increase chances of survival. My college has many online trainings, which I do take seriously. I also do not meet one-on-one with a student in a closed office anymore. Door open. Always.\tI am by no means an alarmist... I volunteer in EMS and see what is in our community. I believe that many staff/faculty have that "won't happen here" attitude that we often attribute to our students. But it can happen here - because it's in our neighborhoods and towns.\t1\t3 12/4/2015 8:29:52\tJust about every other day. I like to play out in my head where I would go, what I would hide behind, where would the shooter likely come from, ect. Some people do this excersize in their head for the event of a fire, but I believe active shooter situations to be far more likely to happen. \tI don't worry about it at all. But my behavior is a little different in places that I know are "gun free zones". I am more on guard and keep my eyes open more for people that may look like they are up to something by acting out of the ordinary. \t\t0 12/4/2015 8:32:50\tI think about the possibility of a mass shooting on my campus everyday.\tThere are posters hung throughout my building and campus listing the steps we are to take in the event of an active shooter situation: Run, Hide, Fight. When I entered the field of higher education, I never thought that I would have to consider these things in my daily work life. My behavior is affected because I feel suspicious of people with whom I'm interacting if they make me even slightly uncomfortable. Since mass shootings are happening in this country at least once a week lately, the topic seems to come up in casual conversation with colleagues fairly often. Occasionally their responses and comments about race, terrorism, and religion are disturbing. This has led me to avoid interacting with certain colleagues, out of fear of having to hear their opinion about the latest tragedy. \t\t1\t1\tMy behavior is affected because I feel suspicious of people with whom I'm interacting. 12/4/2015 8:43:20\tOccasionally\tWish my permit, and the process I went through to get it, allowed me to carry on school grounds… at least concealed. Not to be a Rambo and save the whole campus in the event of an active shooter situation, but to protect myself and those in my immediate vicinity.\t\t1\t3\tI wish my permit, and the process I went through to get it, allowed me to carry on school grounds. 12/4/2015 8:44:18\tMostly when one is in the news. Or when a student in my class becomes very angry about something.\tI am less prone to come to campus at times when I might be the only one around in my building. I also tend to close my door faster when there is noise out in the hall. I have thought about logging in to the campus internet on the classroom computers when I proctor an exam, "just in case" (we have an alert system that comes through the internet connection, but the computer has to be logged on to receive it). I also have spent way too much of my brainspace rehearsing what to do - where we could hide in certain rooms, how I would grab a fire extinguisher to try to do combat in another room....all of that.\tThere have been things we've asked for on campus - like the ability to lock the classroom doors from the inside - that would be safety measures. We've been told we can't have them "because of fire regulations" but I think it's really they don't want to spend the money. We also had an incident with someone who was unauthorized and had a key, and was getting into the building on off hours. Requests to change the locks were ignored.
I think the people here who control the purse-strings have an "it can't happen here" mentality. I hope they don't wind up regretting that.\t1\t3\tI am less prone to come to campus at times when I might be the only one around in my building. 12/4/2015 8:44:23\tAt least once a week. Whenever I hear about angry students. Even though there is currently a no carry policy on campus, we had (a few years ago) someone arrested with a small arsenal in his car. And last year, a campus cop shot someone who was brandishing a gun.\tI can't let it affect my behavior. But I'm scared.\tGeorgia is an open carry state, but allows businesses and campuses to determine policy on their own grounds presently. However, I worry even more about the good samaritan with a gun than I do an active shooter. \t1\t3\tI can't let it affect my behavior. But I'm scared. 12/4/2015 8:45:28\tI work in a financial aid office at a community college whose mission is open access. While I agree fully with our mission to provide education to all, we do worry about a campus shooting. With the high frequency of shootings happening every other day now (it seems) it makes us worry about it more and more. \tI feel I'm more aware of what's happening around campus, when we hear a loud noise in the hallway or yelling we're a bit more hesitant. Our office is off the main hallway in our campus center, after Sandy Hook we came up with an internal office plan for safety, hiding spots- basically an action plan for what to do should something terrible happen here. Recently our campus center has been going through a renovation, and our admissions and registration offices have been remodeled to include all glass walls with minimal frosting on the walls. Our campus community of staff members expressed concerns with this model, and the finance end of the hall (which is slated for renovation soon) has expressed our fears over this model should a campus shooting ever happen. Unfortunately, the concerns of those working directly with our sometimes volatile students have fallen on deaf ears. If we were to have a campus shooting on campus our registration, advising and admissions office would have no safety from a shooter with ability to hide in even their own offices. \tIt's unfortunate that we have to worry about this on a college campus that is supposed to be a safe place for one to learn. \t1\t2\tIt's unfortunate that we have to worry about this on a college campus. 12/4/2015 8:47:04\tDaily\tI am less productive because I am depressed about being powerless to prevent it \tOur legislature promotes gun violence by allowing guns on campus\t0 12/4/2015 8:47:22\tRegularly. Which is a big shift from never, where things stood (for me) for years. \tI look at students and wonder, not just about their majors and interests and personal lives in an idly-curious way, I wonder if they're happy or unhappy, and if that unhappiness, or anger, would make them want to hurt people. I don't single out students by race in my mind but I do focus on gender. These passing thoughts occur with regard to young men mostly. \tI should add that my thoughts usually continue to thinking about human complexity...and the fact that there is of course anger and anxiety in our student body--but that, for almost every student, that will never translate into violent acts. How to discover the exceptions is important--but how, exactly, does an institution to that? Institutions take things on in broad strokes...and these are localized, individual issues. Another, newly improved hour-long program during pre-fall orientation hardly seems likely to be the answer.\t1\t1\tAnother, newly improved hour-long program during pre-fall orientation hardly seems likely to be the answer. 12/4/2015 8:56:24\tNot only do I often think about the possibility of a mass shooting on my campus, but I also think about potential shootings at the primary schools my grandchildren attend. From a personal perspective, I'm less concerned that I will be a victim of a school shooting only because I teach at night, when the campus is practically deserted. \tBecause of my concern, I've taken ALICE training, and I routinely pay attention to my surroundings. I imagine various scenarios and try to plan what I would do, how I could escape or where I might safely hide. I feel angry, frankly, that I have to spend mental energy doing this. This is a shameful new reality.\tI'm a huge proponent of gun control, but I also think that the "solution," if there is one, is bigger than that. Obviously there are mental health issues involved, and I've read essays on the value of violence "interrupters." The challenge as I see it is how to identify and reach these young men. The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime by Adrian Raine offers some surprising reasons behind violence and some radical ideas about how to perhaps quash it. With little else by way of solutions, perhaps we should consider Dr. Raine's ideas.\t1\t2\tI'm a huge proponent of gun control, but I also think that the "solution," if there is one, is bigger than that. 12/4/2015 8:57:14\tDuring the more stressful times of the year (registration and exams, for example), I think about the possibility every day.\tI keep my eyes and ears open for students who seem to be "loners." I watch for really baggy clothes or long coats. I wonder about bookbags - do they contain a bomb?\tOur school seems to do things that purposefully anger students. Although someone may listen to a student's complaints, they don't do anything about them. This means we keep rude employees, processes that don't work and do things to increase our bureaucracy. I have seen students get so angry at these things that they put their fist through a wall, or destroy school property. I'm wondering when it's going to channel into a student who uses a gun to try to solve their problem or get revenge.\t1\t1\tI watch for really baggy clothes or long coats. I wonder about bookbags — do they contain a bomb? 12/4/2015 9:04:32\tFrequently\tI try to be more attentive to our students' demeanor and to be aware of my environment.\tI work at a community college that does not have any security officers on campus. I am concerned about our safety in general--especially since I am in the library--a very large space for only two employees to be in at night. \t1\t2\tI work at a community college that does not have any security officers on campus. I am concerned about our safety. 12/4/2015 9:05:46\tSince there has been a shooting on my campus, and the Florida legislature seems determined to pass a law permitting campus concealed carry despite stiff opposition from all the university presidents, all the university police chiefs, and the overwhelming majority of Florida citizenry, the idea of more shooting on campus is never far from my thoughts.\tSeveral years ago, I was worried about the potential for violence from a specific student in my college, so I arranged for the university police department to conduct active shooter training for everyone in my office. As the administrative head of my unit, I feel responsible for keeping everyone safe. The training was enormously helpful in dispelling myths and providing us with useful strategies for reacting to a wide range of situations. If campus carry actually passes the legislature this year, I will be arranging for more workshops of a similar nature.\tThe typical argument I hear from people who favor concealed carry is that they have the right the defend themselves. From what? Why is there such a culture of fear when actual crime rates have steadily declined? Are they really prepared to shoot someone? \t1\t2\tWhy is there such a culture of fear when actual crime rates have steadily declined? 12/4/2015 9:10:34\tSometimes, but not too often. \tI try to remain aware of my surroundings. Not just on campus -- anywhere I go.\tI worry far more about things like cancer or being injured in a vehicle accident.\t1\t4\tI try to remain aware of my surroundings. Not just on campus — anywhere I go. 12/4/2015 9:13:49\tAbout 4 times per year\tI check exits in my class rooms.\t\t0 12/4/2015 9:14:58\tI think about the possibility of a mass shooting on campus every day, multiple times per day.\tI am a staff person who is responsible for enforcing various rules for graduate students to uphold the integrity and equity within the institution. Every time I say "no" to student, I fear repercussions. I know that these shootings are so often random, but I still worry about upsetting anyone slightly, even when it needs to be done. I find myself constantly distracted by this and stressed in a workplace that should be low-risk.\tI work at an institution where there was a series of bomb threats over a period of weeks, as well as a active shooter incident at an affiliated medical center (I am sure you can figure out which institution). As a result of these, I have thought about safety (and the lack of) continuously. I don't feel reassured that our leadership cares about acknowledging and mitigating the risks of the new world we are living in.\t1\t1\tEvery time I say "no" to student, I fear repercussions. 12/4/2015 9:24:28\tNowadays every day.\tI'm usually thinking that we are unprepared and that it would be devastating.\tI believe that cameras in most places would be helpful.\t0 12/4/2015 9:25:06\tAlmost never. Only when the media reports on it or when a news outlet asks for how often I think about it. \t\tYes, it's horrific and abnormal but I am more afraid of being robbed at gunpoint on my commute on public transportation than experiencing a shooting on my campus. \t1\t5\tYes, it's horrific and abnormal but I am more afraid of being robbed at gunpoint on my commute... 12/4/2015 9:25:12\tI think about it several times a week. \tIt makes me more aware and suspicious of white, male students. \t\t0 12/4/2015 9:26:16\tMost work days.\tYes. I pay more attention to people and what they are doing when I am outside my office. I also make a point to smile and greet people I pass on campus because many people look worried. \tI have a child who will study abroad this summer. I am nervous about her leaving the country but the odds of a mass shooting on the foreign campus is considerably less than at her U.S. university.\t1\t2\tI pay more attention to people and what they are doing when I am outside my office. 12/4/2015 9:29:04\tnearly every day\tI sometimes look at students who seem lonely and feel nervous about them. Then of course I feel guilty. I'm trying to channel my energy into being actively kind to those students in the hallways. \t\t1\t2\tI sometimes look at students who seem lonely and feel nervous about them. Then of course I feel guilty. 12/4/2015 9:29:29\tI think about it pretty often.. but, of course, most especially on those (increasingly often ) days when a shooting occurs somewhere. \tI am very cognizant of where doors and windows are. I have to say that I have also thought about the grades I assign & if I need to concerned. I live in NC where, in the wisdom of the legislature, individuals can now carry guns onto campus, so long as they leave them in their cars. So, do I just need to worry about being shot when I go to my car? Or do I need to be worried more broadly? This country is nuts. \t\t1\t2\tI am very cognizant of where doors/windows are. I have to say that I have also thought about the grades I assign. 12/4/2015 9:29:29\tEvery few months. I work in an admissions department where anyone can walk in.\tWe had meetings about safety and escorting guests around the building.\t\t0 12/4/2015 9:29:53\tNever \tN/A\tI love the second amendment. A lot of liberals will complain about gun laws, saying stricter gun laws will prevent individuals from obtaining firearms; however, there are laws outlawing marijuana, but they have a drug dealer and can get marijuana very easily, despite the law. Same situation.\t0 12/4/2015 9:30:47\tAlmost every day.\tAbsolutely. Anyone walking across campus could be a shooter. Campus has signs on each entry door declaring that guns/weapons are prohibited. Heck of a lot of good that would do.\t\t1\t1\tAnyone walking across campus could be a shooter. 12/4/2015 9:35:58\tno\tit does not affect my behavior\t\t0 12/4/2015 9:46:21\tI think about campus shootings, but I don't necessarily envision one playing out on my campus. I would say I think about shootings occurring in my area at least once for every time there is a mass shooting, maybe twice.\tI am cautious and keep alert. I'm also more careful when analyzing a student's demeanor, especially when they come to me in a despondent mood.\tI am a student affairs professional and I was a first responder at a campus shooting several years ago. This has definitely framed my work and personal life since I endured this tragedy. The specific department I was associated with made a huge impact on whether or not I feared a campus shooting. For example, when I worked in housing, I would be more concerned, as you experience more raw emotion in campus housing and I've caught students with weaponry. Now that I work in the academic world, and have less intimate interactions with students, I fear it less.\t1\t4\tI am cautious and keep alert. I'm also more careful when analyzing a student's demeanor. 12/4/2015 9:47:12\tI think about it every day. Our campus hosts "active shooter" training and drills. During these drills, the likelihood of an actual occurrence is stated as minimal; however, I have already attended a campus where a shooting and multiple fatalities occurred. Having been a part of an active shooter on campus situation, I think about it every day, no matter what campus I am visiting. It does not appear that many campuses were not built in a matter to protect its students, faculty, administrators or visitors from active shooters. \tYes. I am always aware of entrances and exits. I am more sensitive to disgruntled students. I demand active shooter drills and training be held. I always ask about the "safe" spots and evacuation spots in offices.\t\t1\t1\tI am more sensitive to disgruntled students. I demand active shooter drills and training be held. 12/4/2015 9:50:32\tMostly after reading about another mass shooting in the United States, which, wait a minute, means about every day.\tYes. My office is in the main administration building filled with high value targets (President, Provost, HR, Student Appeals, general counsel). It's the first doorway someone would walk into. I am concerned for the members of my department and have reminded them more frequently to keep an eye out for people carrying unusually long items or loud noises. I do not believe that weapons should be allowed on campus, but I have now included pepper spray in my top drawer in case of an active shooter.\tArming faculty, staff and students, isn't an answer to this problem, but we should consider having some serious considerations about mental health and personal privacy law. From a mental health perspective, mental illness does begin to present itself more frequently in young men in their early to late 20's, and in many institutions that gender and age demographic is a good 35% of the student population. Other policy issues, such as regulating ownership of assault weapons, weapons on campus, etc., are important, but not within institutional efficacy to make a difference.\t1\t2\tMy office is in the main administration building filled with high value targets. 12/4/2015 9:52:00\tI think about a mass shooting on a daily basis. I taught high school in the years after Columbine, and I began teaching at a university right after the Virginia Tech shooting. It's never been out of my mind as a teacher. The school where I'm currently employed is UCCS, not far from the recent Colorado Springs shooting, and that has only heightened my fear. I would say not an hour goes by that I don't think about a potential shooting.\tI actually don't think it affects my behavior with my students. I would say I make it a point to be observant on campus, and I don't hesitate to contact someone for student assistance if I am worried about someone, but the fear about a shooting is more under the surface. I don't think about it in front of my classroom.\t\t1\t1\tI would say not an hour goes by that I don't think about a potential shooting. 12/4/2015 9:52:29\t\t\tMy biggest fear is that state legislators are forcing campuses to allow open or concealed carry. Right now we have a ban for weapons on campus. The legislator keeps trying to force us to allow guns on campus. I fear that is a recipe for a mass shooting or at least increases the chance for a shooting, or that if there is a shooting the gunfire will be rampant and out of control. I would rather trust our campus police.\t0 12/4/2015 9:53:36\tNot often. It's not something I can worry about -- if I come to work afraid, I can't do my job. \t\tAt a large, public university like mine, you can't control who comes on campus. There's nothing that could be done to stop a mass shooting from starting, we can only hope for efficient and effective response by university and local law enforcement. Arming the students or the faculty isn't the answer -- the last thing I want is my classroom to turn into the OK Corral with me and my students stuck in the crossfire. \t1\t4\tIt's not something I can worry about — if I come to work afraid, I can't do my job. 12/4/2015 9:53:41\tI work in a prominent building on the largest campus of a major U.S. university, and I think about the possibility of a mass shooting fairly often. The university had a shooter in the late 1990s, and in more recent years significant controversies related in part to the university have led to bomb threats and other disturbing communications and situations. My office has a "panic button" now (others' office do as well), and we have other safeguards and protocols in place, but I still think about the possibility. All it takes is one person with a gun and an intent to harm. Every student on campus has a giant backpack. if you're sitting somewhere on campus or even nearby off campus and see a backpack sitting somewhere, most don't think, "Someone left that there. It could be dangerous," whereas in a non-university setting that situation would be more likely to raise suspicion. Every student takes a backpack to class, and all of our buildings are "open." Any individual could unzip a backpack and pull out a gun, and then we'd have a serious problem. Sometimes I think it's not a matter of "if" we'll have a mass shooting, but "when." How can it be prevented?\tI am very vigilant. I watch people - students and others - coming into the building in which I work and simply observe, if only briefly. There was an instance during the summer where I saw a duffel bag was left on the front steps of the building. I called 911 and campus police immediately. It turned out a student athlete had accidentally left it there, and was headed back to retrieve it, so all was OK. A shooter entering my building only has to walk up one flight of stairs and into our office area and I'm pretty much dead, if I'm at my desk. I'm near the entry door, but can't SEE the entry door, so I'd have little to no time to react. I have my office set up so if I hear shots or something similar nearby and have at least some time to act, I can quickly push two heavy, tall file cabinets to block my closed office door. They stand where they are for a reason; I tested and it took only 3 seconds for me to get them into place to block the door. I could then huddle under my desk and hope for the best. There's also an old window that, in theory, I could jump out of, but sheltering in place is the best option. So, needless to say, I've thought about the possibility of a mass shooting and it has affected my behaviors - or at least my thinking about what I would do.\tAt a large university, there are tens of thousands of faculty, staff and students on campus every day, and most of them carry backpacks, duffel bags, or other items that can conceal weapons. No buildings are "locked" during normal class and business hours. Someone who has a gun (or multiple guns) and wants to kill people can easily do it - in a classroom, outdoors, in a highly populated student common area - basically anywhere people are and should feel safe on this campus. But only one person can change everything. It's a truly frightening proposition. \t1\t2\tSometimes I think it's not a matter of if we'll have a mass shooting, but when. 12/4/2015 9:59:13\tEvery day. We have an extremely diverse group of students on campus, and a large Arabic presence. There are no precautions in place to reduce the risk of a campus shooting. No locked doors, no metal detectors, few security guards, and no training or education on how to deal with a campus shooter.\tI always carry my concealed weapon. I always sit close to the door, in order to escape or see the shooter first and react. I spend as little time in enclosed areas as possible. I am constantly alert when forced into large groups, trying to keep my back to the wall and close to a door.\t\t1\t1\tI always carry my concealed weapon. I always sit close to the door. 12/4/2015 10:00:55\tDaily, especially at the end of the semester.\tI am very aware on campus, especially the high profile building I work in. I have an exit plan from my office as well.\tOur state just passed open carry on campus. Due to the fact that we are a state university, we can't simply opt out. We can designate places where guns are not allowed, but unfortunately I don't think that will make anyone feel better.\t1\t1\tI am very aware on campus, especially the high profile building I work in. 12/4/2015 10:01:29\tRarely if ever. The probability of it happening is so low that it is not worth considering.\tI do not.\tIf you are worried about the extremely remote* possibility of gun violence, why aren't you worried about the far more likely possibility you will die in a car wreck on the way to or from work? And it *is* remote, despite the media coverage. You are more likely to be struck by lightning and far, far more likely to die in an automobile accident than you are to die in a campus shooting.\t0\t\tYou are more likely to be struck by lightning and far, far more likely to die in an automobile accident... 12/4/2015 10:03:44\tall the time\tI am aware of my surroundings\t\t0 12/4/2015 10:03:47\tRarely. The statistical likelihood is quite small. I'm more concerned about gun violence that can emerge from interpersonal conflicts now that concealed carry laws are commonplace.\tI'm on a college campus, so to be alarmed by "suspicious" behavior would keep me constantly on edge.\t The U.S. is a nation that prides itself on dominance and hyper-masculinity. That the citizenry is armed to the teeth only means that people dominate each other to death.\t1\t4\tI'm on a college campus, so to be alarmed by "suspicious" behavior would keep me constantly on edge. 12/4/2015 10:07:28\tI think about it often\tYes, I know how to look for people displaying anger and unusual behavior (I have read and trained in these areas). I also look at rooms in terms of their security - how many doors? Where is someone most likely to enter? Where are areas of cover and concealment? Where should I place my students to reduce their harm? Etc.\tWell, since the little "Gun Free" signs obviously don't work (almost all mass shootings have happened in gun free zones) - I would REALLY love to see "Gun Free" zones repealed on ALL campuses nation wide. It's very silly to think someone intent on killing people would see the sign and turn around. I think if common sense prevails most people would say if ever put in that situation - I sure wish we had some law-abiding citizens who were armed and capable of neutralizing the threat before the terrorists/mentally disturbed people started unloading on innocent people. Not to mention the fact that the recent studies have shown concealed carry holders commit less crimes than non-concealed carry holders and even less crime than police officers!! CCL holders are the good guys!\t1\t3\tI know how to look for people displaying anger and unusual behavior (I have read and trained in these areas). 12/4/2015 10:07:30\tWhenever there is a mass shooting anywhere in the US, so now EVERY. DAY.\tI am responsible for two off-campus graduate education centers in leased space. I have no UPD at the ready. I cannot control building access. I have spent thousands of dollars re-keying classrooms so they will lock from the inside, and covering the mandated side windows with gauzy film. I have installed panic buttons (which call local police) at each reception desk, and All-Call technology so every classroom can hear an announcement. I've used personal $ to provide all staffers with police-grade pepper spray, and had UPD come to train full and part-timers on what to do in the event of a shooting.\tThe lives and safety of 45 staff/faculty, and 450 students are my responsibility. And I don't sleep at night.\t1\t1\tThe lives and safety of 45 staff/faculty, and 450 students are my responsibility. And I don't sleep at night. 12/4/2015 10:10:28\tPLEASE NOTE. The NYT seems to have pulled their article. Perhaps in response to sentiments like mine: Isn't this giving terrorists exactly what they want? A reward for their terror attacks by providing a stream of insights into how well they are achieving their goal? Please reconsider publishing these fears, and spreading panic. Everyone is scared. Make this about gun control, but please skip the harmful sensationalism.\tPLEASE NOTE. The NYT seems to have pulled their article. Perhaps in response to sentiments like mine: Isn't this giving terrorists exactly what they want? A reward for their terror attacks by providing a stream of insights into how well they are achieving their goal? Please reconsider publishing these fears, and spreading panic. Everyone is scared. Make this about gun control, but please skip the harmful sensationalism.\tPLEASE NOTE. The NYT seems to have pulled their article. Perhaps in response to sentiments like mine: Isn't this giving terrorists exactly what they want? A reward for their terror attacks by providing a stream of insights into how well they are achieving their goal? Please reconsider publishing these fears, and spreading panic. Everyone is scared. Make this about gun control, but please skip the harmful sensationalism.\t0 12/4/2015 10:14:05\tNever\tNo\tThe country needs much better gun control\t0 12/4/2015 10:17:48\tOccasionally.\tOn campus, no. Leaving campus, yes. The reported violence to our students largely happens on the edges of campus. It largely consists of muggings. Only occasionally is a firearm involved.\tGun violence on campus is so rare I'm not sure why this is such a big topic. I have worked on a gun-free and a concealed carry allowed campus and have not seen any issue on either. Perhaps putting effort toward ending the "drug war" and providing adequate mental health care would make more of a difference to the level of violence in America!\t1\t3\tGun violence on campus is so rare I'm not sure why this is such a big topic. 12/4/2015 10:18:13\tAlmost never.\tNo. Such events are very rare, even though they are heavily publicized.\t\t0 12/4/2015 10:18:20\tNot that often, I know for the most part that these are very random and very improbable. \tI do not worry about it. When campus carry goes into effect I will no longer have to leave my firearm in the car which will create even less worry. My worry is gun violence happening and I am in a helpless state because I had to leave my legal firearm in the car. My fear is of innocent people getting hurt because of a no firearm policy which only the good follow, criminals will always break the rules.\tCarry concealed. \t1\t4\tWhen campus carry goes into effect I will no longer have to leave my firearm in the car. 12/4/2015 10:20:48\toften, obviously more lately\tI think about what I would do if someone came in a lot. would like to see my university have a plan in place, training of some sort\t\t0 12/4/2015 10:22:24\tWhenever I read about another shooting in the news. Just about every day, it seems.\tI took the "active shooter" class that was offered by our HR. I have a plan. If I hear gunfire, or firecrackers, I'll spring into action. Flee or hide or, as a last resort, engage.\tI understand the odds are in my favor. I'm probably more likely to be hit by lightening. But still, sometimes I wonder if some unstable student, jerked around by the registrar or the dean or the library, will pull out a piece and start popping caps. \t1\t1\tIf I hear gunfire, or firecrackers, I'll spring into action. Flee or hide or, as a last resort, engage. 12/4/2015 10:23:18\tEvery time I have to lock my gun in the glove compartment and walk into the college. Every time I do so is a potential time I could be Caught with my pants down.\t\tWe have the right to carry in most buildings and facilities, a school is an obvious target for attack. Young kids without any means to protect themselves all gathered in huge numbers. Of course they would target a school. We need to have carry rights on campus and really anywhere in this country. The enemies of freedom will always try to use force to subdue us, we need to be ready to return fire.\t0 12/4/2015 10:25:38\tEvery single damn day. I arranged my office furniture to protect me, if needed. I worry about teaching on the fourth floor (how will I escape?). I go to active shooter training (and it's so sad that it has to be offered). \tYes, I do.
--I watch my students carefully.
--I got a bike so that I can get away quicker. --I don't move around campus is the dark. \tCampuses that allow guns on premise are asking for a tragedy. Remember that idiot professor that shot himself, accidentally, at Idaho State University, just one day after the gun carrying was allowed? I'm thankful that my campus is still no-carry, and will likely remain so. But I will never consider work in a state that allows gun carrying on campus.\t0\t0 12/4/2015 10:26:25\tDaily. Whenever there are news of mass shootings. Pretty much the same thing.\tIt doesn't. But it affects my mood; the underlying anxiety matters.\tThe MLA has just come out with a statement against guns on campus. They join almost every single organization that cares about higher education in this goal. \t1\t1\tit affects my mood; the underlying anxiety matters. 12/4/2015 10:27:25\tEvery day, though I don't spend a lot of time focusing on it. I simply assume it can happen at any time, especially since I live in a gun-happy state. \tNot at all. There's nothing I can do about it, though I did go so far as to ask the Executive Staff what our procedures were for dealing with an active shooter situation. How am I supposed to protect students? That was three months ago. They haven't gotten back to me yet. \tEveryone thinks "it can't happen here" until it does. Sadly, I figure it's mostly a matter of time till it's our turn. \t1\t1\tSadly, I figure it's mostly a matter of time till it's our turn. 12/4/2015 10:28:24\tWhenever I hear of a shooting somewhere else, I realize that it could happen at my univ. too. Sadly, that means I think about it almost every day. \tI am vigilant about my surroundings anyway and I don't think any worry about gun violence changes my behavior. \t\t0 12/4/2015 10:29:03\tAs president of a small, Christian university in a semi-rural part of the country, I think about it since many of the shootings in educational settings have happened in places similar to ours (and I even experienced a "gunman" on campus incidence at my previous campus although no one was shot or injured). But I will say that even though the chance of something like this is non-zero, the probability still is very low. These are relatively rare events that unfortunately do occur with some frequency and when they do happen are tragic and highly visible.\tAll we really can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. So we have regular training sessions with law enforcement about active shooter scenarios and emergency plans and we do our best to increase target hardening.\tI had the privilege of working at one institution (Texas State University) where we developed a national, active shooter response training entity that worked on teaching law enforcement a useful response when these situations occur; we probably need more research on where and why these things occur, and what might be the best institutional response. This said, I do think we have too many firearms available in this country that are accessible to too many people who have no good reason to have them (e.g., assault-style weapons only should be in the hands of trained law enforcement and military personnel, not private citizens, regardless of what the NRA thinks). I also am not in favor of guns on campus--when the police show up to an active shooter situation, it's chaotic enough to determine what's going on but to show up with multiple "shooters" it would be darn near impossible to sort out quickly. \t1\t4\tWe have regular training sessions with law enforcement about active shooter scenarios 12/4/2015 10:30:10\t\t\t\t0 12/4/2015 10:30:50\tRegularly, especially since my son was born.\tAll doors in classrooms lock automatically when shut. During class, I keep the doors closed. It creates annoyances when a student comes late or leaves to go to the bathroom--someone has to let them in--but I tell students my reasoning and they seem to agree with my precaution.\tI fear these shootings will transform campuses into places with a lot of security theater, much like our airports are now. It's a huge cost both in hassle and money without much, if any, benefit.\t1\t2\tI fear these shootings will transform campuses into places with a lot of security theater. 12/4/2015 10:35:53\tIt's in the back of my mind.\tNot really but I stay in my office or at home if I am uncomfortable with something happening on campus.\tIt's a real concern but there's not really anything you can do on a day to day basis. You just think when it happens somewhere else that could be here/me next.\t1\t3\tYou just think when it happens somewhere else that could be here/me next. 12/4/2015 10:36:23\tNot very often. I work on an urban campus surrounded by a very high crime neighborhood. While one would at first thought think the possibility of a mass shooting would be high, I'm doubtful. Why shoot up a safe haven when there is shooting all the time down the street against people you really don't like? We have less violence here than at our sister suburban campus.
\tGuns are a real thing on this campus, but it is mostly for students protection when they go home. It affects our behavior as we are more aware of our surroundings and other peoples' behavior. And we are aware of 'safe havens' where ever we go. But we should all be more vigilant - right?\tI think the media is provoking and making violence seem like a good way to end it all. Everybody wants 15 minutes of fame. So if I can't get it in life, I'm going to end it all and get my time at death. A real solution takes A LOT of thought, something the media would rather not do because it might be a drop in ratings.
As for campuses, our students know how precious a safe space is and they are more vigilant than I at keeping peace. Perhaps we in academia have had it too good for too long and need to be aware that there are some very sad people out there that need real life assistance.\t1\t4\tI think the media is provoking and making violence seem like a good way to end it all. 12/4/2015 10:43:11\tEvery time I hear of a mass shooting somewhere else.\tI always try to stay aware of my surroundings, and I have been careful ever since I was mugged (no weapon involved, unless you count the healthy, muscular body of my assailant) about 40 hears ago.\tThe coming of campus carry does worry me.\t1\t2\tThe coming of campus carry does worry me. 12/4/2015 10:44:59\tRarely \tNo\t\t0 12/4/2015 10:46:37\tIn essence never really. The only time it come to mind is when some type of alert is issued via the campus warning system. And this is coming from someone who works on a campus that has had an active shooter in the last few years. Statistically it is just not a rational fear, as I'm more likely to be killed by some inattentive driver during my daily commute. \tn/a\tHowever, my biggest fear when it comes to a campus shootings is the thought of being unarmed and helpless when it doesn't have to be that way. As a conceal carry licence holder I could be armed but campus policy forbids it so therefor I am simply beholden to chance. Knowing the chances are minuscule is the only solace I can take. Mind you, as a conceal carry licence holder I rarely ever carry and have no delusions of grandeur, but as I veteran who has been shot at and has seen IEDs detonate on multiple occasion I believe that I would be perfectly capable of at least defending myself in a safe and controlled manner if faced with an active shooter and I was allowed to carry on campus. That is of course assuming that the shooter did not walk into my office and I was their first victim. Escaping to safety would always be the preferred action, but in the event that is not an option I would at least like to have the chance to defend myself as a LAST resort.\t0 12/4/2015 10:51:29\tEvery day. I don't obsess about it or loose sleep over it or let it impact my performance at work. But it's there. \tMy office is located on a main classroom hallway. I don't have a window on the door. I've started locking the door. It just seems to be a good idea. \t\t0 12/4/2015 10:55:37\tMultiple times everyday.\tYes, I am suspicious of everyone and I don't talk to people or make friends. I can't express myself because of fear of retaliation with no way to defend myself.\tAllow people with concealed carry permits to carry, offer training and classes on campus. Don't turn us into victims but prepare us for the realities of life.\t1\t1\tYes, I am suspicious of everyone and I don't talk to people or make friends. 12/4/2015 10:56:29\tHardly. It's very remote, and one cannot be ruled by fear if one is vigilant and observant. Be prepared and have a university plan.\tI do not worry, nor does it change my behavior other than being aware of a remote possibility that it can happen. Thinking that "it can't happen here" is naive and has no basis in real life. \tThese questions are bias towards predetermined answers and I question the authors motives.\t0 12/4/2015 11:01:35\tNot terribly often, but more often in the past few years.\tIt doesn't affect my behavior in any large way. I am still just as vigilant as I have been throughout my time here. I know where our emergency alert stations are located within the outdoor space on campus. I know the basic protocol to respond to various situations. I have the campus safety office phone number programmed in my phone and I have the extension memorized.
Thankfully, the spaces I work in are all fairly 'safe.' The space I spend the most time in is somewhere that not many people frequent, there are no windows at all in the pace, and all of the doors can close and lock. In the past year, after the most recent bomb threat, we pushed to make sure that there is a working landline in every classroom on campus, except the bathrooms. We also have phones located in the hallways.
\tThankfully (or maybe not) I'm located in what my colleagues and I call the "Liberal Bubble," so there is not quite as much outright turbulence. However, our college, a small (public) liberal arts college, has had multiple bomb threats in the past few years that have resulted in having to evacuate the entire campus. We recently had a scare with a drunken student showing up to class with weapons and ammunition in his backpack, but our public safety officers were able to quickly and quietly diffuse the situation and detain the subject.
Our campus safety officers are all 'real' law enforcement officers. A few years ago the board made the decision to arm our officers. While there was opposition at the time, many faculty, staff, and students have been expressing that they feel safer now with our officers carrying guns than they would if they were unarmed.
The crime rate in the city has gone up a fair bit, and it seems to be moving closer and closer to campus. Many of the incidents this past year have occurred less than half a mile away from the heart of campus, and most involving our students. It is scary, but these are different than mass shootings. They are still terrifying, especially for our students. However, campus shootings are only a small facet of campus crime. There are other issues that ARE happening every day; sexual assault, drug use, and smaller-scale violence.\t1\t4\tI'm located in what my colleagues and I call the Liberal Bubble, so there isn't quite as much outright turbulence. 12/4/2015 11:08:18\tI think about the possibility of a mass shooting almost every day. In years past, when a student was angry about a grade or a class policy, I didn't think much of it. Now, I worry. Are they the type of student that's going to bring a gun to class with them? Should I meet with them in my office or in a more public area? Which is safer?\tI have strategized multiple ways to get out of the building in the event of an active shooter. I've even gone so far as to keep a hammer in my office so I can break my window and escape if I need to. I thought that perhaps I was overly paranoid until I attended an informal dinner with a number of my colleagues and the conversation turned to the possibility of gun violence on campus. We all sheepishly admitted to what we were keeping in our offices... Of the seven of us at the table, five of us had window-breaking tools stored somewhere in or under our desks. Two people had life-hammers, two of us had regular hammers, and one person had a baseball bat.\t\t1\t2\tI've even gone so far as to keep a hammer in my office so I can break my window and escape if I need to. 12/4/2015 11:09:35\tOften, almost every week\tI'm more aware of my surroundings and extremely aware that my geographical location in a front office with no where to run and no where to hide makes me an extremely likely target in the event of such an occurrence.\t\t0 12/4/2015 11:09:56\tsometimes, specially when news about shootings come up\tI am more careful when walking around. I try not to stay on campus until too late and if that is the case, to always have someone walk with me. \tI cannot understand how campus shootings are so common, how they are a worry at all. We, the students, who come to campus to study, further our knowledge and obtain a carrier, while working and having families at home waiting for us, shouldn't have this worry. \t0 12/4/2015 11:11:07\tAt least once a week. When I hear about a campus shooting in the news the thoughts I have regarding a potential shooting on my campus increase exponentially. As an instructor, I think about how I am an easy target at the front of a lecture hall and that my students are all sitting ducks. We've received information about what to do if there is an active shooter in the building but it is clearly being given by someone who doesn't spend much time in the classroom. How are we supposed to block doors with available furniture when it is all bolted to the floor? Where are we supposed to hide safely? Lecterns, computer islands, lecture hall seats, and lab desks/tables don't block bullets they just provide cover. There are multiple doors in many lecture halls, but not necessarily in lab rooms. I've learned more from my spouse, who served in the military, about how to protect my students and myself than the information provided by campus administrators. Even the edge of a laptop can be used as a weapon when you swing it hard enough.\tI've always been cautious but now I've actively made emergency/escape plans for every room and building I frequent. I think about how I can move students quickly, quietly and safely to safety. I'm looking to take a self defense course and have had multiple conversations and practice sessions with my spouse (former military) about how to keep shooters out of my classroom and if they get in how to take them down. The police are on my speed dial and I carry my phone everywhere now. I am more suspicious of strange behaviors. When backpacks and other packages are left in the hallways of my building, I will interrupt a class to see if they belong to anyone - I didn't do that before. Yes, this isn't necessarily gun violence related but it could be other forms of violence.
I get twitchy when students arrive late to class. Lecture hall doors don't lock from the inside and it has always been my policy to let tardiness slide because there are so many reasons why a student could be late. In the past, tardiness was annoying but now every time that door handle makes a big noise there is a part of my brain thinking about who might be on the other side and what their intention is. In the past, I never considered the possibility that it would be anyone other than a student who overslept or was running late from another class/work.\tCollege campuses really aren't prepared for mass shootings. Everyone needs solid training about what to do - from students to faculty to staff. And it needs to be place specific. Prepping for a mass shooting at a government office has different needs than in a college campus. Also, having people carry guns on campus as a solution is wrong on so many levels. There are so many things that could go wrong.\t1\t3\tI get twitchy when students arrive late to class. 12/4/2015 11:11:09\tI am constantly aware.\tI am more aware of my surroundings and anything or anyone who looks suspicious. I think of exit strategies.\tHow does one get their university/college to pay any attention to these safety issues? There are panic buttons in our reception area that do not work. When they do work, there is no response. A year ago our public safety area was called with the emergency word, and the dispatcher didn't recognize the word. When public safety did arrive, they arrived after a 30 minute wait - and they are in the building next to us. When I complained and documented the response time, they denied it and nothing more was done. Also our building is being renovated and all of the faculty have complained that there is one exit out of the area. They are still rebuilding our building without any changes for our safety or the safety of our students. Our individual offices place the student between the faculty and the door and administration will not listen to us that that is inherently unsafe. There is no way we can move our desks. Also, I work with special needs students and those of us who do, have all complained about their safety. If we go to lock down, and a disabled student is outside and cannot get into or to a building, there is nothing for them to do. Public safety responded that the student will just have to find cover like anyone else. That is impossible for a severely physically handicapped student. One last thing - we are constantly told about our safety plans and security and how good it is. There are a lot of these presentations to faculty at meetings etc. When questioned or examples are given of what is not safe on our campus, the questions are ignored, as are the examples. How can we get administration to listen and realize we have no campus security?\t1\t1\tHow does one get their university/college to pay any attention to these safety issues? 12/4/2015 11:13:49\tFairly often. We also have emergency preparedness meetings and discussions and this is a major topic. In my college's history, many years ago there was a mass shooting on campus so there is great sensitivity to this possibility. We do tests of our emergency communications system and have done table top exercises.\tYes, I would say the main way (a small way) is that I go nowhere without my smart phone. Even within my own office space let alone in a different building. Won't have coverage everyone but I want to know that I have a way of getting information and also my being able to communicate out if need be.\tI don't dwell on this possibility and some of my behaviors have changed off campus as well. I stay far more alert to my surroundings. It does not stop me from, say, going into Boston on the trolley but I do find that I am far more watchful of the people around me and surroundings than I once was.\t0 12/4/2015 11:15:21\tWeekly\tYes: I now consider how crowded spaces are when entering because it might prove a good target for a gunman; I consider how easy a campus space is to escape from/hide in.\tI wonder how responsible I am for my students in an active shooter situation since they are adults but at the same time my students and likely to look to me for help despite the fact I'm only 6 years older than them and a student myself.
I wonder whether I'd be able to afford the medical bills if I was shot and survived and how difficult it would be financially (on top of the mental and physical harm) to recover from a campus shooting as a PhD student. \t1\t2\tI consider how easy a campus space is to escape from/hide in. 12/4/2015 11:16:57\tOften. And I'm terrified if they pass Campus Carry.\tI try to keep my eye out for suspicious behavior on campus and in the classroom.\tWe've had threats that haven't yet materialized. Also the new University sponsored gun range on campus is troubling.\t1\t2\tThe new University sponsored gun range on campus is troubling. 12/4/2015 11:23:00\tEvery time a student gets extremely angry and hostile about their financial aid awards and bills on their account.\tIf a shooting occurred on my campus, I feel that it would be for revenge rather than a random act. Regardless, it does affect my behavior with students.
I always take note of all my escape routes. I meet with students at the front counter or in an office with the door open; never shut the door. I actively try to minimize confrontation with students. When a student is "seeing red", no lesson or rules will be heard, the teaching moment should be paused.
If I was involved in a face to face shooter situation, I would fight for survival. I sometimes joke with coworkers about improvements to our front counter to help protect staff, knowing that it would cost money that we do not have.
\tIt is not just a problem for campuses, there is a national crisis which stem from two major problems: gun control and mental health.\t1\t3\tIt is not just a problem for campuses, there is a national crisis. 12/4/2015 11:23:02\tEvery time there is another shooting in the US, which means often.\tI am in a state that has agitated for open carry and ending prohibitions in classes. Speaking from the podium in class of 109-200 people, I am an obvious target. In a class of that size there will be some students with mental issues, grievances, struggles. Eventually some of them will have weapons. \tI think it a professor getting shot on my campus or one like it is inevitable,\t1\t2\tSpeaking from the podium in class of 109-200 people, I am an obvious target. 12/4/2015 11:23:23\tOften, I attend and work at the university of Central Florida which is one of the biggest in enrollment in the country which makes it a target for those trying to reach a lot of people. \tIt doesn't affect my behavior very much. I do think of a plan of action when I go into a building that i'm not familiar with or in a classroom. \tHere at UCF we just created 8 classes that students could attend between set dates and learn about RUN, HIDE, ATTACK strategies when a first person shooter appears on campus. I believe all campuses should implement this initiative so that there students have the opportunity to be prepared for situations that could happen. \t1\t3\tI do think of a plan of action when I go into a building that i'm not familiar with or in a classroom. 12/4/2015 11:24:31\tWe are a gun-free zone, how could there possibly be a shooting here?\tI feel totally protected by the "gun free zone" signs posted all over campus so my behavior is unchanged.\tAs you can tell from my answers to the other questions, I am not at all worried about mass shootings. The hysterical media response to them is what fuels people's angst. This media response is intended to scare people into giving the government more control over their lives (gun control, etc.).\t0 12/4/2015 11:25:07\tMy campus is in Washington, DC and I think about the possibility of a crazy shooter or terrorist attack every day. I am constantly vigilant. \tAnytime I enter a room I note alternate exits, material to potentially blockade the door, potential weapons. I never sit with my back to a door or window. I keep myself in good shape because who knows if I'll need to run or fight. I know it sounds extreme, but to me it offers peace of mind because I feel like when SHTF and instincts take over I'll have at least given the matter some thought. In my cubicle I have a bunch of snack bars, bottled water, flashlight, first aid kit, and some happy picture books (don't judge me, I'm assuming I will be in shock and unable to read but still wanting comfort) because a few years ago I had colleagues who worked at Navy Yard. The deaths and injuries are obviously horrific, but they were also on lock down and unable to leave their office for hours and hours not even for water or the bathroom. It is up to fate to prevent me from getting shot or not, but I can at least provide some comfort for myself and others when we survive. It is important to always assume we'll survive.\tColumbine happened when I was 13 and like everyone I was horrified and confused because how could this happen? People are trying to learn, just trying to live their lives in peace and they die for no reason. But since then it seems to happen constantly: 9/11; the DC sniper; Navy Yard. These events happened to my neighbors, my classmates, and my coworkers. It makes it feel less like a blip on the news and more like reality. It's happening more and more frequently. This is the way of things and it is unproductive to constantly reject the possibility. I accept that this is reality and I choose to prepare myself accordingly. I have been called morbid or crazy for my "prepping" but it brings me comfort and that comfort is necessary to maintain mental stability in what I perceive to be an unstable world.
It is easy and understandable to despair in the face of these events. I notice it in myself when I have trouble eating or sleeping after some fresh horror. I am not angry with people who do drastic things to end their despair, because I understand. But to me despair is a choice, and optimism is a choice and I must choose optimism. I must. It is vitally important. It is important to know that even with all this uncertainty and fear I can go for a hike in the forest and there is peace and all sorts of life. I choose to focus on the good I can do: I can let my garden flourish; I can love my family and friends; I can remember the people I've lost with their heads thrown back mid-laugh. I can find something, ANYTHING, to give to people as evidence of good news even if it is as small as the Delmarva Fox Squirrel being taken off the endangered species list. Because when I have been weak and given into despair, people - even strangers - have always come to me with words of comfort and kindness and love. That, to me, is the essence of the human spirit and that is what will always prevail no matter what terror comes.\t1\t1\tI think about the possibility of a crazy shooter or terrorist attack every day. I am constantly vigilant. 12/4/2015 11:29:07\tAt least once a week\tThe current climate adds more stress to an already stressful work and life, therefore, effecting everything from productivity to concerns over being in places where large gatherings occur. \tNo one has a solution but Texas has it wrong with adding more guns on our campuses.\t1\t3\tThe current climate adds more stress to an already stressful work and life. 12/4/2015 11:30:31\tnever\tno\tGuns don't kill people, people kill people. Sin is the problem, not guns. Until this is understood, the fear is always going to be on the incorrect source.\t1\t5 12/4/2015 11:30:46\tSeveral times per week.\tI tend to be more vigilant about what is going on around me and I have thought through various scenarios and strategies should it occur. We have also had staff training from our campus police.\tI would be less concerned if I was allowed to carry a concealed weapon at work and on-campus.\t1\t2\tI would be less concerned if I was allowed to carry a concealed weapon at work and on-campus. 12/4/2015 11:31:56\tMany times since I work at a large research urban campus. However I don't let it hinder my work or bothered me a great deal. It could happen with someone acting crazy with a bomb or gun.\tMy basement lab is sort of isolated with no call box nor monitoring system. There's other labs with some equip with call boxes and others not. When I'm there with student with my back turned, it does bother me since this event can happen and will. Fortunately and after being working for this school for over 15 years, it's not easy to get over that ideal of a student or someone public comes over and commit some serious mayhem. Campus police can't be everywhere and I always, if possible, visualize some sort of an escape plan because in my basement lab, the only source of communication is my private cell phone. \t\t0 12/4/2015 11:32:11\tWe are located in a center city urban environment close to courthouses and city hall. Targets in this area are numerous. We have several high rise (up to 17 floors) buildings that make it difficult to control and monitor should someone legitimately enter the building but with intent to do harm. We have a close working relationship with the PD and have some plans in place to deal with such issues. Problem is we do not test and the plans are not complete. In light of recent events, we are doubling our efforts to flesh out protocols to follow and making certain all are aware of what to do. We try to maintain a positive outlook and are addressing campus concerns.\tWe all need to be aware and cautious but not to the point of disrupting the daily routine. Common sense must prevail. \t\t1\t3\tWe all need to be aware and cautious but not to the point of disrupting daily routine. Common sense must prevail. 12/4/2015 11:35:39\tAlmost every day\tThe campus took an active shooter training workshop to help staff/faculty prepare for the possibility of an attack. We stay alert for suspicious behavior. I mentally review my "action plan" daily (i.e. quickly close the door, block the door, arm myself).
Typically, I have an open door policy, but my fear gets in the way, especially when I am alone in the building (say, the other staff have gone home). If it's quiet in the building, and I hear footsteps, I will close and lock my door as a precaution. I know that it's probably just a student, or perhaps even a colleague, but I'm too nervous to take the chance. It's also distracting from my work to constantly be alert for suspicious noises or people, so keeping my door closed helps me feel safe enough to get my work done. Otherwise, there's not much I can do on a daily basis. If someone decides to attack the building/campus, I'll just have to respond then.\t\t1\t2\t If it's quiet in the building, and I hear footsteps, I will close and lock my door as a precaution. 12/4/2015 11:40:12\tA couple of times a week.\tI try not to let it. I did buy a canister of Mace, after the Oregon shootings (a good friend of mine works there and is OK, but still). Considering I've lived comfortably in some really dangerous neighborhoods without benefit of mace (or anything else), I suspect that's saying something about either the state of the world, my current state of mind, or both.\tI sometimes feel like a sitting duck. I anger many students, more of whom seem angry at the world not being the way they think it should be, and I'm afraid given the prevalence of guns in the area that someone will get pissed about a grade, go out to their car to get their gun, and come back to shoot me. At least when they couldn't have guns on campus, I could hope that the drive home would cool them off. Also, my classroom door opens directly to the outside, we can't lock it from the inside, and the campus is on both a major local highway, a rail line, and is a transit hub (we had a student stabbed a few months ago during a robbery by someone getting off a bus) and it's a bit nerve-wracking.\t1\t2\tI sometimes feel like a sitting duck. 12/4/2015 11:44:03\tI don't at all. At my university concealed carry has been legal for several years and I feel it makes us safer. Most mass shootings occur in gun free zones and this university is not one. \t\tThose that carry out mass shootings pick areas where they can inflict the most carnage as possible. This has caused many to occur in gun free zones (e.g., schools, movie theaters, military bases, etc.). The study from Harvard titled "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide" found a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime. Guns are a tool, they aren't inherently good or evil. But if only those with a desire to kill indiscriminately are armed, people are going to die. \t1\t5\tAt my university concealed carry has been legal for several years and I feel it makes us safer. 12/4/2015 11:45:56\tThe thought occurs to me every time I hear about a new U.S. atrocity in the news.\tI do try to be vigilant for unusual behavior and also I try to pay attention to the moods and behaviors of those around me.\t\t0 12/4/2015 11:47:46\tEveryday. The ill prepared have no one to blame but themselves.\tYes it does. I carry a legal karambit if I should myself an opportunity and opening to attack a shooter. I also carry a medical kit containing devces for controling severe bleeding. I wish to get my Texas CHL soon. \tWe need to stop preaching cowardice. Get out from under your rocks and your safe spaces and understand the reality. When bullets fly, you'd be a flat out fool to not go down fighting especially when there is no escape. \t0 12/4/2015 11:51:22\tEvery day. \tNo. Life is full of risks. This is just another one. \tI tend to think it will happen on my campus at some point, or while we're at a theater, attending a concert, visiting Europe ... one cannot predict this any more than one can avoid an earthquake. One can prepare, and one can certainly continue to work towards changing the dialog on gun control and being part of affecting a national change in mindset, but one cannot waste time being afraid.\t1\t1\tI tend to think it will happen on my campus at some point, or while we're at a theater, attending a concert... 12/4/2015 11:52:31\tI've considered it, but I'm not worried about it.\tI carry concealed, and I keep a first aid kit capable of handling a gunshot wound on me and another first aid kit in my backpack.\tCriminals and crazies will go after soft, defenseless targets. So long as they think they will find easy victims on campus, college campuses will continue to see innocent people victimized.\t1\t4\tI carry concealed, and I keep a first aid kit capable of handling a gunshot wound on me. 12/4/2015 11:59:34\tEveryday.\tIt does affect my behavior, as I have become very anxious and a lot more aware of my surroundings (i call it my campus paranoia), and have started observing carefully how people move around campus and buildings, what people carry and wear, their attitude and reflections.\tCampus carry in Texas is going to make things a lot worse. Professors, faculty, staff feel unsafe, unprotected, and hopeless fue to the lack of action by the government. We are absolutely defenseless. Universities are not the safe places they used to be. \t1\t1\tI have become very anxious and a lot more aware of my surroundings (i call it my campus paranoia) 12/4/2015 12:00:08\tNot very often. Our university did have a seminar on what to do if a shooter is on campus.\t\tI am concerned about potential jihad activities in the area both on and off campus and I'm concerned about the possibility of the government taking away the right of innocent citizens' right to bear arms.\t0 12/4/2015 12:09:32\tEvery day\tI am smart about the areas I go to on campus. I choose my seat in the class strategically with doors and windows in mind. I always choose a seat with my back to the wall. I only stay on campus long enough for class and then leave where I can be armed. \tWe need campus carry. Law abiding citizens like myself are no danger to society. Society needs us between the time an attack starts and when law enforcement arrive. \t1\t1\t I choose my seat in the class strategically with doors and windows in mind. 12/4/2015 12:11:59\tI'm a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin, and we are currently preparing for a new state law that will permit concealed weapon permit holders to carry guns on campus. Given the recent shootings in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs, and specific campus shootings at Delta State and Umpqua Community College, I would say it is on my mind fairly frequently. I just read a blog posting (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/11/30/what-to-do-in-an-active-shooter-situation/) that gave me chills. I've also viewed the active shooter workplace film that similarly is frightening. Ironically, the law is set to go into effect on August 1, 2016, which is 50 years to the day when Charles Whitman became the first mass murderer on a college campus, killing 16 here on this campus.\tNot yet, but it makes it a challenge to recruit and attract diverse faculty and students. Specifically, with scholars and students who are of color, queer, female, or otherwise hold identities that are often threatened will feel the chill in a significant way. As someone invested in seeing those populations increase and thrive at the university, I believe this makes our efforts even more difficult. I do think more frequently about exits, escape routes, and the like. Further, what are the implications and liabilities for faculty in front of a classroom if gun violence takes place? Here in Texas, there are no budgetary allocations for training and the like. A further concern is how we interface with members of the community outside of our institutions. For instance, I might feel differently about guest speakers or visitors with concealed carry in effect. I will be less likely to bring my children to events on campus. Last, I feel it will be harder to make compelling arguments to scholars and colleagues who are balancing offers from institutions that do not have concealed carry policies. It could be a tipping point or factor in decision-making.\t\t1\t3\tIt makes it a challenge to recruit and attract diverse faculty and students 12/4/2015 12:15:28\tnever\t\t\t0 12/4/2015 12:19:54\tAt least once a week. \tWhen there's a fire-alarm, I don't just casually stroll out of the building. I methodically consider the space I'm in and the route to quickly and safely get out of the building. I still see others doing the cattle-call departure and think about how easy it would be for a gunman to spray bullets into the masses.
I have asked a few of my classes this question: If faculty could be trained and certified to carry a sidearm on campus and in the classroom, would you be in favor of that?...and would you feel safer? Shockingly, the overwhelming answer was yes to both questions. And this is coming from students at a large, comprehensive public institution in southern California. I have to admit, I too would feel safer on my campus if I had a sidearm, but I'm an Army Vet and responsible gun owner.\tIn the 70s, our institution had a mass shooting by a deranged janitor. The male shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist act has a degree in Business from my institution. That terrorist walked the same sidewalks I use everyday on my campus...that reality keeps the thoughts of a possible mass shooting on my mind weekly. And it makes me angry too...that my sense of security on my own campus has been robbed from me.\t1\t2\tI have to admit, I too would feel safer on my campus if I had a sidearm, but I'm an Army Vet. 12/4/2015 12:20:15\tDaily.\tImposition of security measures for campus access that shouldn't be necessary\tThe most frightening development in the past year has been the increasing prominence of the national and state legislators and presidential candidates who are blindly opposed to any reasonable measures that would limit gun violence. Obviously none of them have lost family members or friends to these senseless -- and preventable-- assaults.\t0 12/4/2015 12:21:39\tI think about the possibility of a shooting on my campus with increasing frequency. Despite the regularity of such events, I'm not yet desensitized.\tFaculty in my department get to request the rooms they will teach in. While the number and placement of desks used to be my guiding concerns, I've more recently started to consider which classrooms are less likely to be targets in a rampage, which classrooms offer an emergency escape through a window, and which classrooms have locks. (In two instances, students have asked me to lock the door after campus shootings elsewhere.) I've also considered re-arranging my office furniture so that I can quickly climb up through the ceiling and hide if shooting starts while I'm in there. Finally, I've become much more sensitive to anti-social and disruptive classroom behavior among my male students. After learning that a mentally-disturbed male student who emailed a death threat to our university president for no particular reason was merely placed on probation and allowed to finish his degree with us online, I am hesitant to report students to university officials; it seems like a pointless endeavor that will only incite the student who is already primed to carry out a massacre. \tScrew the 2nd Amendment and the radical right gun nuts who cloak themselves in it. We need Japanese style gun control now. \t0 12/4/2015 12:26:42\tevery time there is a mass shooting in this nation\tI support gun control legistation for background checks and belive that NO GUNS should be allowed on campus, other than police. \tWe should be in the forefront of standing up to gun violence and rejecting any calls for arming teachers or students in this environment.\t1\t2\tWe should be in the forefront of standing up to gun violence. 12/4/2015 12:30:09\tOccasionally, usually after one has been in the news. Maybe once or twice a month, if I have to put a number to it. Reading articles about shootings also causes me to think about it.
Then again, I was an Army officer for 27 years before I became a community college professor, and so perhaps I think about all this because I am used to an environment where physical security is sort of a daily task.
I've also served in combat, so perhaps that colors my thinking a bit. I know what's it's like to be armed around the clock, and to be surrounded by other people similarly armed. It works in the service, mostly, because we have so many supervisors--noncommissioned officers--who are constantly watching, teaching, and correcting people who would otherwise be careless. \tA couple of years ago, our classroom phones were programmed to both send alerts to us and to allow us to issue an alert. I do check the phones weekly in my classrooms to make sure I know where they are and that they are connected. I have also reviewed the evacuation plans in the classrooms and checked the door to make sure I know how to lock and unlock it. Our campus holds an active shooter drill once a semester, but they always schedule it when few folks are around--late Friday afternoons, for example--which seems to underscore that we are not to take them seriously. \tI cannot imagine arming students or faculty--that is about the stupidest idea I have ever heard--only people who are fantasists about weapons and how they would respond think this is a good idea. The sheer administrative burden of ensuring full coverage in all the buildings all the time would overwhelm our administration and likely fall apart of its own weight.
I think a better solution is to increase the number and mobility of campus police--trained, uniformed, easily identifiable people who are present and observant. How many that should be, I don't know. But that seems a much better solution than all these silly ideas about armed students and faculty and staff--the Chronicle's recent small forum discussing this illustrates the odd views some people have of all this--on both sides--frankly, that discussion was not helpful at all.
I think that holding drills is a good idea, but schedule them during peak student hours, and make them realistic. Rehearse lockdowns and evacuations, run the alarms monthly to make sure they work, and ensure that the various campus communications systems work properly. I think holding regular drills will serve to reassure those who are timid about all this, and will help to raise the overall level of campus preparedness--not just for shooters, but for other kinds of emergencies--we live in the Midwest, where we get tornadoes--the shooter is just another kind of threat. \t1\t3\tI cannot imagine arming students or faculty--that is about the stupidest idea I have ever heard. 12/4/2015 12:33:18\tWhen one happens somewhere else.\tNo.\t\t0 12/4/2015 12:39:41\tNext to never. Only when forced to be campus administrators or colleagues in my department, who want us to consider "training." And when media and/or politicians talk about the possibility of concealed carry being permitted on campus. I once (3 or 4 years ago) was at a (required) college retreat, to which campus police were invited to come and talk with us about what to do in the event of an active shooter. (Because I can get a "little" irritated with such things), I asked an officer what he thought about concealed carry on campus and in our classrooms. He said, stammering around a bit, that he was not in favor of permitting students to legally concealed carry on campus, but he did think that professors should be able to be armed in the classroom. My response -- omg! you don't understand that we are at least as likely to be NUTS as anyone else???!!! I would much rather be trained to deal with things that actually have a reasonable likelihood of happening -- like cardiac arrest in the classroom. Or even being struck by lightning -- which remains more likely than being shot by an active shooter in an educational setting!!\tnever.\tWe are far safer in schools and on college campuses than we are in our homes with FAMILY MEMBERS. Let's emphasize THAT for a change\t0 12/4/2015 12:44:07\tAt least daily. Sometimes hourly...and anniversaries of other shootings and the one on my campus.\tCreates greater awareness of what and who is around me.\t\t0 12/4/2015 12:45:28\tI know it is a rare possibility, but it has become more concerning due to recent events and due to the efforts of extremist groups to expand Concealed Carry in my state to include college campuses.\tIt makes me want to fight back against the gun lobby.\tI am being demonized on Tea Party and gun advocate websites and blogs right now. I wrote a private e-mail to my elected state official expressing my views, which included the statement I believe the NRA is a terrorist organization. That private e-mail was obtained by a gun advocacy group misusing the Open Records Law in my state, and the comment has been broadcast widely. Now I and other faculty at my school receive threatening and harassing messages daily. Ironically, this group, which objects to being called terrorists, is acting like terrorists.\t1\t3\tIt makes me want to fight back against the gun lobby. 12/4/2015 12:47:18\tI daily think about a mass shooting on campus. In the military we were taught to plan for the worst and hope for the best. A gun free zone is nothing more than a slaughter house as only the law abiding are unarmed.\tI avoid crowds, and choke points, I sit near an exit and always have a plan of escape and attack. \tStatistics support the implementation of concealed carry as a deterrent. The reason mass shootings happen on campuses is because there is no resistance.\t0\t\tStatistics support the implementation of concealed carry as a deterrent. 12/4/2015 12:48:12\tRegularly\tSomewhat. Creates hesitation in activities.\tWe need strong gun control, now!\t0\t\tWe need strong gun control, now! 12/4/2015 12:49:16\tIt could happen extremely easily if there was someone who wanted to because the police presence on campus is not enough to deter one whatsoever. And since we can't carry as students and faculty legally, anyone who wants to commit one of these acts knows there would be no opposition. \tYes, I am more aware of my situation at all times. And I would like to be able to legally carry a concealed weapon on campus so I know I can at least do something about it if one of these atrocities do occur. \tI think that us as students and faculty at the University of Kentucky should be able to if capable and have being trained by getting a CCW were able to carry a concealed weapon on all areas of campus for personal protection. To help void off a attempted attack by it being known that UK is now promoting the carry of concealed weapons on campus by faculty. Maybe even coordinating with a local weapons trainer to provide classes for how to defend yourself. \t0\t\tSuggestion: Coordinating with a local weapons trainer to provide classes for how to defend yourself. 12/4/2015 13:05:34\tAlmost every day I am on campus\tYes, very much so. I work in student conduct and I never know who is going to have an issue with something I've done or said when holding them accountable. In my line, I am constantly looking for strange behavior, so my daily reaction isn't all that different. \t\t1\t2\tI work in student conduct and I never know who is going to have an issue with something I've done or said. 12/4/2015 13:15:16\tAs a president, this is on my mind almost daily. Whenever we hear of mass shootings, I am keenly aware that such a situation can happen wherever people gather. Our campuses are places of tremendous trust and openness, and most campuses feel like safe havens to people. We do considerable emergency preparedness training here, but each shooting is different, and those who wish to be malicious can plan and catch people off guard. So yes, I think about the ways to prepare all of the campus community to be watchful and responsive.\tMy behavior is affected in several ways: 1) We are paying closer attention to behavioral issues in students, faculty, and staff, knowing that when someone "snaps," there may have been signs that the university needs to see and respond to, so that someone can get help. 2) I am more wary about the single-pane glass in my windows, through which people outside can see me (and see that I'm alone at my desk or computer). 3) I am pushing on greater resources for mental health counseling and support, greater training for all, and shared resources. \tI have increasing concern when I hear, in the aftermath of a mass shooting, that the problem would be solved with more legislation to allow concealed weapons on campuses. When I think of the real situation of someone surprising a campus by shooting, I cannot imagine the situation being better with multiple armed people shooting back. In such situations it's very difficult to tell who is the problem and who is the help, and I expect we would have bloodbaths and considerable mortalities of those caught in crossfire or shot by police because of assumptions that they were the perpetrators. And when I consider the minor disputes that occur between students now (often exacerbated by alcohol and other drugs), I can't imagine that arming students would help. Some claim that concealed carry would cause perpetrators of violence to think twice, and such a deterrent would reduce the numbers of mass shootings; when one considers, however, that shooters expect to be killed in such situations (even turning their guns on themselves when the rampage is over), that assumption of deterrence seems illogical.\t1\t2\tI can't imagine that arming students would help. 12/4/2015 13:15:38\tIt's an increasingly more realistic threat, and as a result I pay credence to the possibility that my school may be made victim to some crazed individual who feels the need to injure or kill large numbers of people for either no reason at all or very selfish reasons. I do not, however, walk to class with the thought that I may die that day, and as a result I do not live in fear.\tI don't worry about "gun violence" ever, I'm more worried about violence in general. Just this year, there was an assault on our campus with a knife and the campus authorities have no leads on the man who performed this assault, so he could still be out on campus posing a risk to all of the students and staff. My behavior is not effected by firearms use because I don't see the reason to be fearful of an object. I am more fearful of the vehicles that drive on campus while people are texting behind the wheel (something that is illegal in my state, interestingly enough) because they have posed a threat to my life more times than a gun ever has.\tI feel that I should mention that I am a firearm owner myself, and while I do not have my gun on campus (per campus rules and current state legislation) I still feel that it is unfair to have guns singled out as the source of violent thought. There are more sexual assaults on my campus each year, the number is steadily increasing, and it's frightening. I'm not trying to say that guns on campus would prevent that, nor would they prevent the vehicle threat I mentioned in the above answer, but the point in saying these things is that a "mass shooting" is among the least of my concerns while living on campus. There are much greater everyday threats to my life or well-being, and I do not feel like constantly living in fear of the minute possibility that I may be shot is worth devoting any of my time to.\t1\t4\tI am a firearm owner myself, and ... it is unfair to have guns singled out as the source of violent thought. 12/4/2015 13:18:25\toften\tyes; quite a lot\t\t0 12/4/2015 13:19:57\tAs a Dean of Students, I think about it very often. While it is not a fear of my own as much, I think about it because I am sensitive to how concerned students, parents, faculty and my peers are about the issue. I also feel the weight of responsibility to help ensure that my campus does everything possible to keep our students safe. \tI've worked in Student Affairs for over 20 years. Safety has always been at the forefront of my priorities in my work, but student safety consumes what I do now. It is really the essence of the role of the Dean of Students, so it affects my everyday work. As a faculty member, I talk with students about safety planning in our classroom. We all have to be prepared for the potential of violence in the classroom.\tAs administrators, we think so much about campus shootings, student safety, the distressed students, etc. Recently it's made me reflect on how this impacts ourselves personally. I value greatly the work I am honored to do everyday, but I wonder what it must feel like to have a career where you don't carry this weight around with you all the time.\t1\t2\tWe all have to be prepared for the potential of violence in the classroom. 12/4/2015 13:20:10\tI think about this frequently. Not quite daily, but close.\tCurrently, it has not affected my behavior. At least, not in ways I'm conscious of...\tWhile I'm worried about mass shootings, and filled with dismay about the gun madness in the country, I'm focused more on the prospect of casual accidents, suicides, and unpremeditated violence. The legislature in my state (Kansas) has made it economically impossible for state institutions to ban firearms on campus (including dorms) by requiring the posting of armed guards and metal detectors at every entrance of every building. We currently have an exemption, but this will expire in 2017. When loaded guns may be in every backpack next to the phone someone forgot to silence, or in my depressed undergraduate's dorm room, or in a holster when someone walks past a campus demonstration, or, yes, when a student comes to my office upset with the grade on a paper... That's when I expect the deaths to arrive on my campus. It may be time, then, for me to leave.\t1\t2\tI'm focused more on the prospect of casual accidents, suicides, and unpremeditated violence. 12/4/2015 13:28:58\tAt least once a week.\tYes. I have tried to implement protocols that keep me and my colleagues on the same page about what to do if something like this were to occur. I have also had our office space set up in a manner to better address safety/security.\t\t1\t3\tI have tried to implement protocols that keep me and my colleagues on the same page about what to do. 12/4/2015 13:28:59\tI attended college in the mid-1980s and never imagined this discussion would need to occur. As an accreditor, my job forces me to think about it more frequently. I find myself reaching out to faculty in our accredited programs when I hear about a shooting on their campus--to make sure the faculty is okay and the program students. It does not mean I care any less about others on campus. It is a disheartening distraction from quality assurance for stakeholders of education and one that accreditation is not well suited to address.\tIf I was still a faculty member I would probably be more mindful of safety than when I was teaching full-time. I would probably worry more about disagreements on grades assigned on a test or assignment, as well as how my role as an advisor and coach might also be affected (sometimes having tot be the bearer of bad news about course failure, etc.). If there is a continued trend toward more "conceal and carry" laws like they are implementing in Texas which permit guns on campus, I will probably not return to academe in the future, unless I can teach my courses online from the comfort and safety of my own living room.\tIt is a sad state of affairs that colleges and universities are no longer safe environments for learning, transformation, and discovery due to the increasing presence of guns and shootings on campus. When I attended college there was never even a discussion about whether we should be allowed to have a concealed weapon on our person while attending classes or participating in other college activities.
I also take issue with the fact that pro-gun advocates always retreat to the same position about guns not killing people. However, would these deaths have occurred at all or would possibly fewer have been injured if the individual committing the crime had to resort to another method other than a gun? Could the Virginia Tech shooter inflicted as much damage physically on the same number of students if s/he had to approach each one close enough to use a knife and cause the same degree of injury and in some cases death?
I own a gun myself, but never fear anyone trying to take it away from me because if I want a new one I have to register it or go through an extensive background check. Bring it on and hold everyone including gun show dealers to the same standards and expectations. Maybe one day in the not too distant future, we will make better and measureable progress on enforcing laws already on the books (generally) and finding common sense regulations to keep our campuses safe (specifically).\t1\t3\tI attended college in the mid-1980s and never imagined this discussion would need to occur. 12/4/2015 13:33:43\tThe odds are so low that I do not think about it often.\tI do worry about violence on campus, but not necessarily mass shootings. It affects my behavior in that I carry my weapon to class as I do everywhere else I am legally able to carry it.\tI am thankful that I live in a state (CO) where we are allowed to lawfully carry a lawfully concealed weapon on campus. \t1\t4\tI am thankful that I live in a state where we are allowed to lawfully carry a ... concealed weapon on campus. 12/4/2015 13:37:32\tNot very often. I realize that it could happen at any time, but what can I do about it? If I am constantly in a fight or flight mindset, I'm just going to wear myself out. There are bad and hurting people out there, and I pray they don't decide to resort to gun violence, but that's all I can do. Mass shootings are still rare compared to other dangers, so I'm not going to waste energy entertaining anxieties about them.\t\t\t1\t4\tMass shootings are still rare compared to other dangers. 12/4/2015 13:39:58\tAt least weekly.\tI'm more cautious about my surroundings; I keep my door closed when I'm not expecting students; I'm alert to what's happening in the building and campus as a whole.\tI'm just as worried, if not more worried, about attempts to allow concealed carry weapons on campus. A State House Bill that would open the door to this has passed our Ohio House and is under consideration by the Senate. I'd be more concerned about this and I'm not sure I'd want to work in that environment.\t1\t3\tI'm just as worried, if not more worried, about attempts to allow concealed carry weapons on campus. 12/4/2015 13:45:23\tA couple of times a week. \tIt makes me anxious about coming to work, and I tend to isolate myself. Other than that, it does not affect my behavior.\tWe recently had active shooter training on our campus, and I think that made me more anxious. I see it as inevitable that we will have an incident.\t1\t2\tWe recently had active shooter training on our campus, and I think that made me more anxious. 12/4/2015 13:52:34\tEvery time I walk into my classroom. \tI think seriously about how to protect my students if someone were to walk into our gender studies classroom with a gun.\t\t1\t1\tI think seriously about how to protect my students if someone were to walk into our classroom with a gun. 12/4/2015 14:00:28\tOften, my campus and most others are open to the public. Places of assembly are no more than target rich environments. The protection afforded to campuses are laughable. Almost as laughable as the question "Why does my government and education system not think me capable of protecting myself?"\tNo, it either happens or it does not. I can only react according to the situation as it unfolds.\tFirst responders are late responders regardless of how fast they get to the scene. We must respond in seconds not minutes. arm your students.\t1\t3\tThe protection afforded to campuses are laughable. 12/4/2015 14:02:11\tOccasionally\tI started carrying a small pepper spray canister.\tI am not continuously preoccupied or all that scared, but I do encounter an occasional angry-seeming or very weird student and the violent events do come to mind and make me wonder now and then. \t1\t3\tI started carrying a small pepper spray canister. 12/4/2015 14:12:08\tMaybe once a week or every other week.\tIt only makes me more aware of my surroundings as I move around campus. I have also joined training and informational sessions conducted by the police department to help prepare myself.\tI have also considered the possibility of teaching online or leaving my position at a college campus. But I have not acted on that thought or changed anything yet.\t1\t3\tI have also considered the possibility of teaching online or leaving my position at a college campus. 12/4/2015 14:16:04\tEvery single day\tI'm nervous on campus, in large crowds; I worry about being places where large groups gather. I'm leery of leaving my office.\tI work in an administrative office, and live every day worried that it will be my last. I worry the same with my daughter in her preschool.\t1\t1\t I worry about being places where large groups gather. I'm leery of leaving my office. 12/4/2015 14:16:44\tDaily.\tI am more careful than I used to be with how I issue criticism on assignments and in discussions and correspondence with students about their behavior. I care less about upholding standards than I did in the past. I think, is assigning this student a C rather than a B more important than living to see another day? That question doesn't necessarily alter my behavior--I still give C's--but it crosses my mind, and it didn't used to. Finally, I am much quicker to alert administrative offices of aberrant or hostile student behavior than I once was.\t\t1\t1\tI am more careful than I used to be with how I issue criticism on assignments. 12/4/2015 14:31:01\tQuite often! My name is on the certified letters students receive around Christmas Eve telling them they have been academically dismissed. With my luck I'd be the icing on someone's cake.\tLets just say I made sure I can fit under my desk behind the double wood pieces. I also asked for a partition around my desk since I'm in an area with no door or walls -- just out in the open not too far from the main entrance.\t\t0\t\tLets just say I made sure I can fit under my desk behind the double wood pieces. 12/4/2015 14:36:31\tfairly often lately\tmakes you a little less comfortable seeing students especially on a drop in basis\tSchools should take this very serious, schools are a place where students from all over the world come together, all it takes is a few and it is easy to form a larger group and before you know it you have a very bad situation.\t0 12/4/2015 14:52:14\tEvery day.\tI sit next to exits, and always carry protection.\t\t0 12/4/2015 14:58:15\tFairly often, at least once a week.\tI almost always make sure I have my cell phone on me at all times, even if I am just attending meeting in another part of the building. Since I work in a pretty public building on campus (the library), I have become more suspicious of people who look like they don't belong or are exhibiting strange behavior. \t\t1\t2\tI almost always make sure I have my cell phone on me at all times. 12/4/2015 15:11:20\tNever\tNo\t\t0 12/4/2015 15:13:34\tAs the location for the first campus shooting, I think about it often. \tIncreased anxiety, sometimes I find that am hesitant to delve into difficult and controversial topics with students. I don't avoid them but I notice I'm more hesitant that I used to be.\t\t1\t3\tSometimes I find that am hesitant to delve into difficult and controversial topics with students. 12/4/2015 15:15:24\tEvery day\tI keep my door closed more often.\tI teach in a large classroom that is the first one closest to the main entrance of a building in an urban-area college. There are no guards, metal detectors, swipe cards or any sort of protection. The campus security is on another campus. I am often the only faculty member on my floor. I feel completely vulnerable. The administration does not care enough to do anything more than offering a quick session on appropriate responses to a shooting incident. This is not helpful and only increases anxiety.\t1\t1\tI am often the only faculty member on my floor. I feel completely vulnerable. 12/4/2015 15:28:53\tNot often. I worry most about other campuses. (Like everybody else?)\tMinimally.\t\t0 12/4/2015 15:46:31\tRarely.\tN/A\tNo.\t0 12/4/2015 16:01:13\tI think about a mass shooting on my campus each time there is a mass shooting in any other venue. Often, the underlying cause is mental illness which is as prevalent at a large, research university as it is in the public. \tIt affects my behavior in that I try to remain anonymous when dealing with employees or students who I believe to pose a potential threat to themselves or me, if possible. I have also reviewed the emergency route for leaving my office and given thought to how I could best "shelter in place" if needed.\tI am filled with a dread that it is only a matter of time until there is an active shooter on my campus. Not if, only when.\t1\t2\tI try to remain anonymous when dealing with employees or students who I believe to pose a potential threat. 12/4/2015 16:06:02\tNot very often, but it's always good to be prepared.\tI don't control the weather, or other people's behavior. I simply choose not to worry too much about something I can't control, and instead commit a modest amount of focus on being prepared.\t"Being prepared", as I mentioned it above, generally amounts to training with my own firearms, so that if (god forbid) the day ever comes that I'll need to use them against another person, I can be effective, safe, and fast.\t1\t4\tI simply choose not to worry too much about something I can't control. 12/4/2015 16:06:46\tRarely if ever.\tMy behavior is not affected as I can neither predict potential violence nor expect it to occur often enough to change my lifestyle.\tAs a recent alumni of the University of California, Merced (which recently saw a stabbing spree), I am upset about violence on my former campus. However, the statistical probability that I would be directly affected by violence, guns or otherwise, is slim and marginal enough that I can mostly disregard it. I do believe that drastically reducing the amount of firearms in the country can reduce the casualties from violence and am very thankful that it was only a stabbing not a shooting at my campus. Nonetheless, deaths from armed gunmen ranks below other causes of death and should not garner the majority of attention and resources of our nation.\t1\t5\tI can neither predict potential violence nor expect it to occur often enough to change my lifestyle. 12/4/2015 16:10:45\tOccasionally -- more after I've heard about a recent mass shooting.\tIt doesn't affect my behavior much, but I do think I'd be inclined to think sounds that aren't gun shots might be gun shots these days.\t\t0 12/4/2015 16:28:25\tMore all the time. It's the new normal. Probably think about it, at least fleetingly, daily.\tI tend to be more aware of what's going on around me and always cognizant of various ways out of a building.\tFortunately, I'm retiring soon. It's only a matter of time. I wouldn't be opposed to metal detectors at the doors and a great presence of armed campus police. We're sitting ducks for terrorists on a college campus.\t1\t1\tFortunately, I'm retiring soon. 12/4/2015 16:54:09\tMore often than I used to.\tOnly that I try to be aware of my surroundings and anything unusual.\tResearch indicates one is three times more likely to get hit by lightning than to be a victim of a mass shooting. I hope lightning continues to win. \t0 12/4/2015 17:04:55\tEvery day.\tI interact less with students, and am more distant, more formal and engage less. I teach upper division and graduate classes if I can, and I no longer take students in the field. \tThe kind of shooting I worry about is the kind where a student in a moment of rage or impulse pulls a gun on me. Most likely in my office. My own uncle died in that exact scenario, so I take the advent of Campus Carry legislation in my state (Texas) very seriously. \t1\t1\tI interact less with students, and am more distant, more formal and engage less. 12/4/2015 17:06:08\tDaily.\tI take vasive and precautionary action.\tAt our school, doors open out, not in, so they can't be blocked from within, nor can they be locked. This is a clear and present campus danger.\t1\t1\tAt our school, doors open out, not in, so they can't be blocked from within, nor can they be locked. 12/4/2015 17:15:30\tEvery now and then … about as often as I think about the possibility of being attacked by a shark, hit by lightning, falling down the stairs and breaking my neck (actually I think about that last much more frequently every time, in fact, I'm going down stairs carrying an armload of stuff)\tNope.\tViolent, terrible, horrible things happen. We cannot prevent them from happening. Perhaps we can reduce their frequency — other nations seem to have more success in this regard than we do. Perhaps we can reduce their severity -- making automatic weapons more difficult to obtain. Hard to murder 14 or 140 people without automatic weapons (though bombs can generate high victim counts also...and high explosives ARE much more difficult to obtain). In a free society it's very hard to identify potential homicidal maniacs in advance… though there is something to be said for 'profiling' (as much as we hate the word). As far as we know there have been no terrorist mass killings perpetrated by German-Dutch 70 yr. old Grandmothers born & raised in Dayton, Ohio. Are we willing to profile and target if that would, indeed, reduce the number of terrorist events?\t1\t4\tViolent, terrible, horrible things happen. We cannot prevent them from happening. 12/4/2015 18:10:40\tSometimes, anytime.\tWell, you have to trust your students.
But in 2012, a student complained about me in a letter, stating he "did not want (the school) to be known for a shooting and school violence." I asked the president to address the situation; when nothing was said or done, I went to local police. They took a report and asked me if I wanted the student or the school held responsible. Since I learned of the letter seven months after it was written, I said the school.\tSix months after my complaint, local police ran a practice shooter scenario in my building when my class was in session.
I am now on a paid "sabbatical," actually a negotiated settlement for my EEO complaint, made in part for the issue described, and don't want to return. I have taught college biology since 1987 and have an Ivy League Ph.d.\t1\t1\tYou have to trust your students. 12/4/2015 18:32:41\tAt least weekly. In my position supporting a VP for Student Services, I am cognizant of the many faces of our student body. Our demographics are different from four year and community colleges, and many students have come from trying and traumatic circumstances. I have already had the discussion with my family that there is a good possibility that if someone came for my VP, I would most likely be in the line of fire. Our school lacks the ability to adequately address students in crisis or with mental health issues. It almost feels like it's not a matter of if, but when.\tI have planned escape routes and have talked through many scenarios with my VP. I am sometimes hyper-vigilant, especially during times of turmoil in the outside world or when we have particularly difficult cases come through the office, or when leaving the building after dark. I pay attention to student and staff behavior. My family and I have escape plans for the children in middle and high school, and at community college. I refuse to have my line of sight in any direction blocked by cubicle walls or blinds or furniture.\t\t1\t3\tI refuse to have my line of sight in any direction blocked by cubicle walls or blinds or furniture. 12/4/2015 18:57:43\tEvery day!\tNot really, trying to stay alert. Nothing else I can do.\t\t0 12/4/2015 19:15:56\tI think about the possibility of a mass shooting on my campus every single day. It’s my job to do so. More importantly, I think about the reasons why violent acts occur. I think about how to help our threat assessment team evaluate threats and guide the campus in intervening before someone resorts to violence. With proper training, protocols, and resources for campus safety and student success, colleges and universities can reduce the likelihood of violence on campus. I do threat assessment and behavior intervention work because I believe that’s where we can make the most difference in violence prevention - not in training ourselves how to respond once guns have been brought on campus, but how to prevent it from happening in the first place. \tI worry about ALL violence on campus: guns, bombs, knives, vehicles, fire, and sexual assault are all violent means to an end. I see themes emerge in the information that is learned after acts of violence occur: the perpetrator had feelings of exaggerated entitlement, inability to cope with rejection, feelings of injustice, inability to solve problems or feelings of hopelessness. Without intervention, individuals may dwell on these and create a toxic reality around themselves, ultimately seeking a solution through violence. I am most afraid of what I don’t know, and we can’t evaluate the level of threat if we don’t have information to consider. I advise faculty and staff to get to know students, invest in them, understand baseline behaviors, and recognize and report changes or warning signs. It requires creating an inclusive environment where students talk to each other and challenge ideas but are also open to hearing ideas that conflict with their own. Every mass shooter is someone’s child, someone’s neighbor, and someone’s friend. These incidents are often committed by members of the community, including students and employees. Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility.\tAll campuses are susceptible to violence – through guns or other means. In this day when students can instantly post feelings of frustration on social media, campuses must be equipped to quickly determine the difference between making a threat and posting a threat. That’s why it’s imperative for every institution of higher education to have strong culture of reporting concerns, a highly-trained multidisciplinary threat assessment team, and the means to intervene towards stopping the escalation of violence before someone brings a gun to campus. This is our best defense against school shootings and other forms of violence. \t0\t0 12/4/2015 19:29:30\tWhenever there is a news report of a mass killing in a school \tThere was gun violence on campus. It increased wariness and anxiety about personal safety.\tCampus climate for students, staff, and faculty may be worth looking at to predict possible impacts. A campus shooting on a campus rife with incivility that has been demonstrated by affiliates at all levels of the organization from the highest levels to the lowest administration would be dramatic and stressful, but perhaps perceived as just an extension of a chronic level of toxic atmosphere. On a campus with a seemingly more civil, inclusive, and tolerant climate gun violence might be perceived differently.\t0\t0 12/4/2015 20:02:41\tFairly often, being that the student body is likely defenseless if one should occur.\tIt doesn't affect me in an overt way, I simply understand that mass scale violence is a possibility on any college campus.\tI should be allowed to carry my personal firearm, concealed, as guaranteed by the bill of rights. Utilize the students as an omnipresent security force and deterrent! \t1\t3\tUtilize the students as an omnipresent security force and deterrent! 12/4/2015 20:36:29\tAs the daughter of two law enforcement officers, I think about the possibility of facing a threat in every situation of life. While in school it is always smart to consider such possibilities as a mass shooting. I especially feel vulnerable in an auditorium where exits may not be available. To answer the question more directly: every day, multiple times. \tIt does affect my behavior. I am aware of my surroundings, the people and their conversations and body language, my position in relation to the exits, ways to defend myself if necessary. It affects where I park, where I sit, who I'm with. You can't let your guard down, even if you are in a comfortable place. \tFear has nothing to do with it, preparedness does. It's always a good idea to prepare for things that have even known to happen. That's why we look both ways before crossing the street, or keep a first aid kit on hand. Things happen and we deserve the right and ability to respond to the events that may take place in our world, even if it is in a college campus. \t1\t1\tI especially feel vulnerable in an auditorium where exits may not be available. 12/4/2015 22:24:45\tConstantly, especially when I teach controversial topics in my history classes.\tYes. A few years ago, a student came to office hours and threatened to kill me because he missed the final exam. My chair thought the student wasn't serious but I filed a complaint with campus police and the dean. I filed that the student have an informal hearing. The dean explained if I chose a formal college hearing, the student could question me about my syllabus policies. I felt like I was "guilty," even though I gave the exam on the college's scheduled exam date. The police told me they were glad I reported this because they felt it was a matter of time something happened at our school. This was in 2012- then Sandy Hook happened. We had a department meeting about safety and putting locks on our classroom doors, as well as improving cellphone service in buildings with dead spots. The police chief told us to fight and hide, and advised us female faculty who have been threatened but agrees ice students, mostly male, he told us to be escorted to class by a man.\tI teach US history. The Constitution was designed to be amended. The 2nd amendment of 1787 does not mean what it does today. No one should have a gun unless you want to serve in the military or law enforcement. I am a trained educator, not a sharp shooter. I believe I have a reasonable expectation to work in a safe environment where I'm not scared I won't return home to my family because an unstable person has a weapon but shouldn't. Congress fails us and makes a fool of our President who has had to address the most mass shootings....not right. \t1\t1\tA few years ago, a student came to office hours and threatened to kill me because he missed the final exam. 12/4/2015 22:44:36\tEvery other day or more\tYes. I get really nervous about meeting with students in one-on-one situations in places that are not relatively public spaces. But even then, it changes my teaching behavior. It's virtually impossible to be a 'tough love' or 'learning through perseverance' instructor anymore without some level of fear. In some cases, it causes me to teach to the bottom of the class, rather than the top or the middle, out of fear the students that are struggling are the most likely to behave violently.\t\t1\t2\tI get really nervous about meeting with students in one-on-one situations in places that are not public spaces. 12/4/2015 22:59:14\tAllowing students to carry guns into the classroom is the craziest thing I have ever heard. Students are often on edge, stressed out with classes - imagine how threatening it's going to be to hand them a failing grade... I would imagine there will be a lot more 'A's issued to students. Do we as faculty have a right to be able to teach in a safe environment - anyone that thinks guns in a classroom full of stressed people, on edge, tired is a good idea has a poor understanding of logic, especially with the ludicrous notion that other students would 'whip out their guns' to save the day - a very foolish notion.
Imagine a student expecting 'A's for mediocre work (then gets a B or worse) - pulls out a gun to demand a better grade... several other poorly trained tired/stressed/scared students start a shooting spree worse than the initial situation. Leave the guns to the trained police and keep them visible. I love my job - but I'm not sure I'll keep teaching if guns are allowed into a classroom.\t\t\t0 12/4/2015 23:17:33\tConstantly, especially when I teach controversial topics in my history classes.\tYes. A few years ago, a student came to office hours and threatened to kill me because he missed the final exam. My chair thought the student wasn't serious but I filed a complaint with campus police and the dean. I filed that the student have an informal hearing. The dean explained if I chose a formal college hearing, the student could question me about my syllabus policies. I felt like I was "guilty," even though I gave the exam on the college's scheduled exam date. The police told me they were glad I reported this because they felt it was a matter of time something happened at our school. This was in 2012- then Sandy Hook happened. We had a department meeting about safety and putting locks on our classroom doors, as well as improving cellphone service in buildings with dead spots. The police chief told us to fight and hide, and advised us female faculty who have been threatened but agrees ice students, mostly male, he told us to be escorted to class by a man.\tI teach US history. The Constitution was designed to be amended. The 2nd amendment of 1787 does not mean what it does today. No one should have a gun unless you want to serve in the military or law enforcement. I am a trained educator, not a sharp shooter. I believe I have a reasonable expectation to work in a safe environment where I'm not scared I won't return home to my family because an unstable person has a weapon but shouldn't. Congress fails us and makes a fool of our President who has had to address the most mass shootings....not right. \t0 12/5/2015 2:09:48\tOnly when I read about it in the news or argue with friends. I'm more worried about being hit by a car while crossing the street.\tI carry a firearm wherever I am legally able, which unfortunately does not include school. However, that doesn't bother me; the odds of it happening are unfathomably low no matter what the news makes it look like.\tHumans have a natural tendency to fear spectacular threats of death more than commonplace ones. For the same reason that many people fear flying but don't think twice about using their cell phones while driving, It's easy to become fixated on the threat of a mass shooting. The way to counteract this fear is not with suspicion and rash rulemaking, but by educating ourselves and, more importantly, teaching ourselves to focus our attentions and emotions on the most probable threats in our daily lives, not the most frightening ones.\t1\t4\tI carry a firearm wherever I am legally able, which unfortunately does not include school. 12/5/2015 3:51:15\tWhen the media plasters the few that have happened on every front page or headliner. Otherwise, rarely. \tI think about it, not worry. It only affirms to myself that I should remain in an active state of awareness should the immensely small possibility of something happening fall in the unfavorable odds. There are millions of other reasons to stay alert though. So thinking about it is quite helpful actually. \tWhen I am 21 I am getting my concealed handgun license. Not because I am scared of the multitude of scenarios that would call for its necessity, but for the same reason that car or health insurance is a good idea. "Just in case" \t0 12/5/2015 10:13:31\tAs a queer and trans-identified teacher, who is visibly gender non-conforming, I contend with student pushback when teaching even the most benign topics. In addition to dealing with open hostility in the classroom, occasionally, a disgruntled student (always a white, het-cis male) will come into my office with a menacing attitude. Several times, I've had to poke my head in a colleague's office and ask them to call the police if they hear anything abnormal coming from my office. That was years ago. Now? I think the possibility of my getting shot on campus isn't just an unfounded fear; it's a reality. Why would anyone--particularly minoritized faculty--want to stay in such a workplace environment?\tOf course it does. Imagine trying to talk about privilege, power, and oppression in the classroom. Imagine that one disgruntled student — that one "angry interrupter." Now imagine him with a gun. What would you teach in class with the ever-lurking possibility that you might be shot for daring to ask students to imagine a less violent world?\tI'm exasperated by active shooter trainings on campus where cops insist (INSIST) that there's "no profile" for a campus gunman. This claim flies in the face of overwhelming evidence that these shooters are almost always white, het-cis, men.\t1\t2\tImagine that one disgruntled student — that one "angry interrupter." Now imagine him with a gun. 12/5/2015 11:54:46\t3 to 5 times a week.\tNo, because there's nothing I can do.\t\t0 12/5/2015 17:49:30\tNow I think of it once a week\tNo there is nothing I can do, except lock my classroom door which I am not willing to do in a free society.\tIt is indeed a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency\t0 12/5/2015 17:52:26\tDaily\tIt is not only gun violence. Higher education is obsessed with gun violence agenda, while other more deadly threats are inside campus such as biological agents. I am aware of safety tactics and exits and never eat or drink anything provided by "nice" colleagues.\tIt is not only gun violence . The gun violence discussion is making a whole country naive of the most imminent threat and when we start happening we will need to hold responsible the people pushing the "gun violence" agenda.\t0 12/5/2015 21:25:45\tEvery time I step onto campus I wonder if today's the day someone is going to shoot up my workplace or classroom.\tAbsolutely. I'm more hyper vigilant and certainly less trusting. I always analyze the people around me and look for anomalies in people and the environment.\tI should note that I attend FSU, which has already had a mass shooting on campus and that I am a concealed carry permit holder who is bothered by the fact that I am not allowed my weapon of choice to protect myself from either being raped or being shot. Which is apparently a likelihood on FSUs campus.\t1\t1\tEvery time I step onto campus I wonder if today's the day someone is going to shoot up my workplace or classroom. 12/6/2015 1:43:03\tEvery time there is one in the news, and whenever we have a lockdown drill.\tNo, I don't believe it affects my behavior, but I sure am glad my school doesn't allow guns on the premises.\tGun manufacturers need an eternal market to stay in business, so they and the gun lobby will continue to make people believe that they need to be armed. If we truly want to curb campus and other mass shooting, we should stop the manufacture of the weapons used.\t0 12/6/2015 13:06:23\tEvery day, it's the one place I cannot conceal that I visit. I have choices in where I shop or eat, but I have to choose between no education or the risk of losing my life. \tAbsolutely. I go to school in flint Michigan. I refuse to park in the parking garage as a number of assaults both sexual and robberies take place there. I'm always hyper aware of my surroundings because I have to plan an exit if something happens. I am unable to defend myself in a way I know will spook the assailant. I must use my smarts to survive. I do not like walking around campus after my night classes. Pepper spray won't do anything if the assailant has a gun or a knife. I walk quickly and scan constantly, be it a dark parking lot or a filled hallway. You never know what might happen. \tIf I get hurt or killed, it will be most devastating that I could have defended myself with my pistol. Friends and family already have been told if I die that's what you share with the media. Not the anger towards the shooter. Let my voice be heard. I had the knowledge. The training. The license to carry. If I was allowed to carry on campus I might be alive still. Instead being a law abiding citizen I do not have my weapon on me in school. While my life is not worth my education, my education and right to carry is not worth losing if no threat happens at school. If I carried, got caught and no event happened, I would be left even more defenseless. I'm ready to get school over with so that I'm protected no matter where I go. \t0 12/6/2015 14:25:54\tNot often.\tI hope that if a gunman does start shooting that some of our students who carry will shoot them.\t\t0 12/6/2015 15:25:24\tNot very often. Only when we have a drill on campus.\tNo, not really.\tI'd like to see a statistics person with good information tell us what the odds are of an active shooter on campus based on the shootings in the last 10 years. My guess are the odds are nearly infinitesimally small.\t1\t4\tI'd like to see a statistics person with good information tell us what the odds are of an active shooter. 12/7/2015 0:41:07\tEvery day. It's hard not to with all the shootings on the news. \tI take online classes whenever possible. I don't eat in the school cafeteria. If I have to take a face to face class I make sure it's a professor I'm familiar with and that I'm taking it with a few people I know.\tCampus open carry is a stupid law in Texas (and other states). I'm working on my PhD and this law seriously has me rethinking on whether or not I want to take a teaching job in an open carry campus state.\t1\t1\tI take online classes whenever possible. I don't eat in the school cafeteria.