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January 13, 2009 - Task Force to Release 2008 Annual Report

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What: Press conference to announce findings from the 2008 Campus Life and Safety and Security (CLASS) Task Force annual report

When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14

Where: Oklahoma State Capitol Blue Room, 2nd floor

Who: Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education; Dr. Phil Berkenbile, State Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education; Melissa Houston, Chief of Staff to the Director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security

Why: After 10 months of research, meetings and surveys, the task force will present its annual report, which provides updated information on the current status of campus safety and security and an overview of the Office of Homeland Security’s budget request for a grant program to fund notification, response and behavioral threat assessment, response, recovery and prevention.

Background: Gov. Brad Henry created CLASS by an Executive Order in April 2007 following the Virginia Tech shootings. On Feb. 12, 2008, at the request of the task force, Gov. Henry extended the activities of the task force for the purpose of implementing the recommendations of its final report and continuing to review and evaluate safety and security at higher education and career technology campuses and make recommendations for modifications as needed.