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As Possible Terrorist Targets, Universities Are Taking Precautions

Some colleges are adding security patrols. Some are adding mental health counselors. Across the nation, colleges and universities are stocking food and water for an emergency, restricting vehicles on campus and trying to improve communications. In recent weeks, many colleges have been peppered with calls from parents asking how the institutions planned to protect their sons and daughters in case of a terrorist attack. In February, the Bush administration said campuses were possible targets of terrorists, and most colleges are taking precautions. “The 9/11 experience has alerted everyone to the fact that there could be retaliation in this country, whether by individuals associated with Iraq or by others,” said Robert K. Durkee, vice president for public affairs at Princeton. Jolanne Stanton, the mother of a Princeton sophomore, was among those who called the university to ask about emergency preparations. Ms. Stanton said she did not necessarily expect anything to happen. But as a Seattle-area resident who keeps emergency supplies ready in case of an earthquake, she said, the notion of emergency preparedness seems natural. Full Story

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