| 05/14/2014 04:01 AM
Paine College is maintaining a high level of security presence in the wake of recent shootings that occurred on the campus. The Paine College Police Department, consisting of certified armed officers, are present throughout the campus and residential halls round-the-clock to make certain that the students, faculty and staff remain in a safe environment. One of two injured students received superficial wounds, while the other remains hospitalized and is expected to recover. Although undergraduates were given a choice to take final exams in an on-line environment, many undergraduate students remained on campus following the Commencement Convocation held this past Sunday in the HEAL Complex.
Checkpoints are still in effect. The Paine College community must present a valid Paine College photo ID to gain access to the campus. Visitors are required to present a photo ID to obtain a temporary Visitor’s Pass. Certified Paine College armed police officers are visible throughout the campus and are posted at entrances. Also, barricades remain in effect at exits and entrances.
The campus e2-Alert Notification System, utilized to notify the campus community of the initial crisis, continues to work optimally and will remain in effect. Electronic surveillance is ever-present.
The College is moving towards healing and hosted animal therapy for students, faculty and staff on the campus two days following the shooting. The canine service was provided by the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response team (Southeast Region). The dogs visited each residence hall and walked the campus with their handlers greeting students and staff. The College also implemented a counseling resource that is available to the campus community and their families for emotional support. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours/7 days per week to speak to members of the Paine College community at 1-866.713.1978. Also, the Paine College Counseling Center, located on the campus, remains open to assist individuals who may require support.
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain a priority,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President. The College’s Police department will continue to work with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.