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U.S. colleges are upgrading their policies on emergency notification, response, and evacuation. The efforts are driven in part by the federal College Opportunity and Affordability Act, which was signed into law in August 2008.

The legislation followed a rash of school shootings, most tragically including the April 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, where 32 people were shot and killed. But except in terms of volume, Virginia Tech's tragedy wasn't unique.

Last September, for example, two Delaware State...

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