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(By the very interesting Timothy Messer-Kruse.)

It is rare for meetings in academia to be labelled as “mandatory.” But the memo summoning all the faculty and staff to participate in “ALICE (active shooter) training” made it clear that we were required to attend. I was told by a representative of my faculty union that I could be disciplined by the college if I skipped it.

I must admit that my initial objection to being summoned to this meeting did not arise from some deeply thought-out ethical position. It was, frankly, just a typical professor’s reluctance to waste time in yet another empty exercise whose main function was to allow some administrator to check a box indicating the accomplishment of some mandate from a higher administrator.

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