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UW-Oshkosh chancellor talks steps being made after shooting incident


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The chancellor at UW-Oshkosh is outlining steps the university is taking in the wake of last weekend's shooting on campus.

Police were called to Reeve Memorial Union for a report of a fight during a Black Student Union sponsored dance around 11 p.m. Saturday. While officers were there, they say someone fired a gun into the ceiling. No one was hurt. The shooter has yet to be identified, but police don't think he's a student.

Afterward, some students questioned why it took the school hours to send out a text message alert about the shooting.

Chancellor Richard Wells has issued a statement Thursday saying, “We must … own what we did not do so well,” 

According to Wells, the university is taking steps including designating and training more staff members and university police officers on sending out text-message alerts; creating stronger event management planning to incorporate reliable attendance projections and capacity limits; and improving planning by hosts, staff members and police, and making more security measures available, including tools such as metal detection wands.

Wells added that a temporary moratorium on most nighttime events has been put in place while security improvements are being discussed.

Wells believes there is no ongoing threat to campus safety.