Binge drinking, guns on campus among issues at EKU safety summit

The state’s first “Campus Safety Summit” will be held Friday in Richmond. The event is sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and Eastern Kentucky University.

Featuring national and state experts, the summit will present best practices on key topics, including guns on campus, cyber safety, crisis communications, student mental health, and binge and underage drinking.

The summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at EKU’s Perkins Building. Staff from more than 20 public and private campuses will attend.

Campus safety has been in the news lately. For example, as Lexington police worked earlier this month to solve an attempted sexual assault that occurred near the University of Kentucky’s campus, they asked the university to share information about what happened with their students in a campus alert. The university declined, saying alerts are only issued if an event occurs on campus or if there is an immediate threat.

Then early Thursday morning, EKU Police issued an alert after gunfire was reported near campus. And in August, four Lexington men were arrested on drug-trafficking charges in Richmond after a report of “shots fired” led to a pursuit that ended on the EKU campus,

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Friday’s summit serves as a professional development focus for leadership and staff charged with ensuring the safety of Kentucky’s college students and staff.