The UT System Board of Regents voted Thursday afternoon to use up to $1 million of available university funds for campus security enhancements.
In April, a Massachusetts Institution Technology police officer was fatally shot and killed, following the Boston Marathon explosion that happened earlier in the week. In an email, UT system spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said these campus security enhancements are not a response to the events in Boston, as the board has been working on this proposal prior to the events in Boston.
"Of course, shootings and other security threats in recent years on university campuses, schools and other public places are a major concern and the Board of Regents wants to ensure UT police forces are prepared and equipped for any eventuality," LaCoste-Caputo said.
LaCoste-Caputo said the money will be used to purchase equipment.