Virginia Tech fined for failure to provide timely warning during shooting rampage
Virginia Tech will be fined for waiting too long to provide warnings during the 2007 shooting rampage.
March 29th, 2011
05:09 PM ET

Virginia Tech fined for failure to provide timely warning during shooting rampage

Virginia Tech will be fined $55,000 for waiting too long to provide timely warnings about a shooter on the loose during a 2007 rampage that killed 32 people, the U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday.

A report released last year on the incident found the school in violation of The Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crimes on or near their campuses.

Read the department's notice to Virgina Tech

The university said it "respectfully disagrees" with the ruling and plans to appeal.

"As we noted before, neither the Department of Education nor the Clery Act defines 'timely.' The university actions on April 16 were well within the standards and practices in effect at that time," the university said in a statement.

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  1. Mark

    $55,000 sounds like a pittance compared to the 32 people that lost their lives.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrSkulled

      It does seem like a pittance, but in total honesty place the blame where it belongs, with the shooter.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSMinDC

      This goes into the government coffers, not the pockets of anyone. This is normal.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Did they call the police? If so, THAT is of value. It's NOT like the universities, at that time, had some super public address system to warn the entire campus!

      March 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It may show culpability since they were fined the families might be able to file lawsuit.

      March 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan Mottley

    And they wait 4 years to levee this fine, why?

    March 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXLEO

      Investigations, especially of the magnitude of Va Tech, take a long time to organize. Subpeonas must be issued, warrants for records, etc.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • realworld

      My thoughts exactly. Four years later they've been given a fine for taking too long?

      March 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Truth Hurts

    User 2pac apparently never learned the english language.

    Sad Story, I second that.. Why would it take 4yrs to fine them, even longer now with the appeal process.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. VirginiaLawyer

    I am just assuming you are making an inappropriate joke and you aren't truly that ignorant.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Julie Labrouste, Tacoma WA

    The illusion of justice.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scooby

      It's not about justice; it's about imposing a penalty for non-compliance.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zubin Wadia

    Absurd.

    Getting information out in a timely matter is essential. I urge you all to check out CiviGuard: http://www.civiguard.com and support us on Twitter: @civiguard

    People need to know about dangers as they happen, not after.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. J

    So you think you're cute at being a comedian hiding behind your moms computer in the basement. Oh yeah by the way she said come on upstairs before your dinner gets cold and turn that Damn light out.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ohboy

    teh- your slur is mild , but it all adds up-the kind of krap that leads to alienated humans enraged.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • iwasthere

      When you say "alienated humans" are you referring to the shooter? Because if you are, he wasn't alienated. He was mentally unstable and alienated himself.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ohboy

    Sometimes, this massacre seems like it happened a long time ago. Then I realize, it was not.
    Honestly, I almost want to barf, thinking about 32 innocent young people losing their lives.
    It nauseates me ...I feel sick.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. UpNsmoke

    I feel VT should be held accountable. My wife was there. It was mass confusion. I could not send a text or call to she if she was safe. I could not get over there to protect my wife. Then the next year, a young lady had her head cut off. $55,000 is a drop in the bucket. They are expanding the campus. It is to large for the small staff they have as police on the campus. Again, VT should pay and accept the fine and ruling. It is petty.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hokie05

      How is it VT's fault that the phones and text systems were clogged?

      March 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • UpNsmoke

      It was the mass media causing the interference. I did not say VT had caused it. Don't ASSUME. Was you there 05 ? Was your spouse there ? Mine was . They had plenty of time to lock down the campus after the first shootings. They failed to notify faculty, staff and students in a timely manner.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hokies United

      It was 2007, not 2005. And I was there. Your comment is still misplacing anger. The school acted in the best way it could.

      March 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hokies United

      Our community went through more grief than anyone could ever know. "It is petty" is one of the most offensive things I've heard in a long time. Petty in comparison to what? What exactly is this $55,000 a drop in the bucket of? The 33 irreplaceable lives lost? The grief every single one of us felt?

      The school cannot be held accountable for the clutter of phone service. I received an email minutes after the West Ambler shooting.

      And then you nonchalantly add, "Then the next year, a young lady had her head cut off." what does that have to do with anything?! It's disrespectful to her family, and the Hokie community.

      March 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. N.r.a. American cancer

    spreading everyday.. A cowboy rufus and remus country.. Lethal injection? Why not a firing squad with yet another private hero john wayne baby faced hackerbradley giving the orders? Honor student pistol whippings..such lovely girls like farrakhan cafeteria military workers.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Religious sects

    That's just rubbing salt in the wounds. What does the fine actually accomplish that wasn't already acted upon?

    March 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zebula

    Hey, maybe they can fine the shooter's parents for giving birth to him, too.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    Well within the standards and practices in effect at the time?
    Whats that? Allowing a nut case on campus with a conealed weapon? Whos side are they on anyways.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moron

    Did anyone notice that CNN, that major news source staffed with professional? journalists, did not tell us just how long was too long?

    March 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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