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U.S. Dept. Of Ed: VA Tech Violated Security Law During '07 Shootings

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By Rebecca Blatt

The U.S. Department of Education says in a preliminary report that Virginia Tech failed to comply with campus security laws during a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman. But Virginia Tech is disputing that conclusion.

The Department of Education says Virginia Tech violated the Clery Act's requirement of a "timely warning" to the campus when crimes or threats are reported.

The school says the report includes factual inaccuracies. It also says the standard at the time of the shootings allowed university officials to use their best judgment after consulting with law enforcement. They say that's what they did.

The university has been criticized for not notifying the campus of the shootings sooner.

The state has released its own report identifying apparent missteps.


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