user wrote:I believe this approach has been tried in other states under other circumstances (businesses, etc.). Do you know if any challenges by injured parties have actually come to litigation over this and have they been successful under the conditions you have outlined here?I got a "Dear Virginia Tech friends and family" email from email@example.com me about how Va. Tech. is "inventing the future", and inviting me to look at their flash video at http://www.reports.president.vt.edu/2009_year_in_review; here's the response I emailed back:
Is the University still maintaining a policy that prohibits properly qualified adult students, staff members,and professors from lawfully defending themselves against armed assailants? I take the position that if the University is requiring that persons legitimatelyon campus be defenseless, then the University has actively assumed an absoluteduty to protect all such persons. Aside from the moral issue of causing the death and injury of defenseless people whom one has assumed a duty to protect,I observe thatany negligent breach of that duty resulting in actual damages will, of course, be actionable.