arming campus police en URI to Arm Campus Police <p>University of Rhode Island officials have announced they plan to arm campus police, despite vocal critics, who say the change will not make campus safer.</p><p>The university announced the decision after a year of public meetings and discussions with faculty, students and staff. In a statement, URI President David Dooley called the change critical.</p><p>"In order to provide the safest environment possible and to ensure a timely response to any threat to the safety of our campuses, our police officers must be equipped properly to function as first responders,” Dooley said.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:38 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 32020 at RIC: Campus Police Will Remain Unarmed <p>Rhode Island College has decided against arming its campus police force. In an email, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo said a campus survey showed the college community about equally divided on the issue, though she stressed the vast majority did not respond to the survey.</p><p></p><p>Carriuolo said she made the decision after discussions with campus police and her cabinet.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:30:02 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24750 at RIC: Campus Police Will Remain Unarmed This Week in Education <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Standardized testing</strong> is underway in Rhode Island public schools, where students take the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP every October. The tests of math and reading are administered to grades 3-8 and 11 between October 1<sup>st</sup> and the 23rd. This year some 4,000 12<sup>th</sup> graders are also taking the test and must improve their scores to meet the state&rsquo;s controversial new test-based graduation requirement.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:57:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 22805 at This Week in Education New Appointments at RISD, URI <p>The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence has named Carol Strohecker as the new Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Strohecker comes from a position as Director of the University of North Carolina’s multi-campus Center for Design Innovation, according to RISD officials.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:07:39 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18503 at Board Votes to Allow Armed Campus Police <p>Rhode Island has lifted a ban on armed police forces at state colleges, after a Board of Education vote last night. The board’s new policy allows each state institution to make the decision about whether campus police officers will carry guns.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:10:38 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15774 at Rhode Island Lifts Ban on Armed Campus Police <p>State colleges and universities in Rhode Island can now arm campus police after a vote Thursday night at the State Board of Education.&nbsp; Critics said more guns on campus will not make students safer, but supporters, including University of Rhode Island President David Dooley, said campus police should carry guns to do their jobs more effectively.</p><p>Dooley said he believes arming police is logical decision for URI.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:26:09 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & John Bender 15776 at Rhode Island Lifts Ban on Armed Campus Police Board of Ed Tackles Guns, Gist and Science <p>There’s a meaty agenda on tap this week at the State Board of Education. The group is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial proposal to allow police to carry guns on state college campuses. The board is also scheduled to vote on adopting new science standards and consider a contract extension for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:29:20 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15643 at Arming Campus Police in Rhode Island <p>The state Board of Education is scheduled to vote this week on a proposal to arm campus police at the state’s three public colleges.&nbsp;&nbsp; Under the proposed rule, campus presidents would have the authority to decide whether armed security is necessary on their campuses.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 15509 at House Committee Delays Gun Vote <p>A key house committee has put off voting on a bill that would allow campus police to carry guns at state universities, saying lawmakers need more time to gather information.</p><p>Rhode Island is currently the only state that prohibits guns on state college police forces, although some individual schools have decided against the practice. Proponents of the bill to arm campus police say it will speed response times in an emergency, a concern that was underscored during a gun scare at the University of Rhode Island last month.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:52:06 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15251 at