I recently retired from the University of Iowa where I was a secretary in international programs. My work station was the front desk of international programs. I had voiced my concern numerous times about the safety of the front desk because of the isolation of the desk.
On March 1, 2017, I sent a letter to the assistant provost of international programs again voicing my concerns of safety because of “sweeping changes in Iowa’s gun laws” proposed by the legislature. The assistant provost replied that the bill was not yet law.
I read that Soliman Obaid B. Altamimi had been charged with threat of terrorism. This was his second such threat, the first on Nov. 11, 2016.
It is incomprehensible that the assistant provost of international programs did not share the information of the first threat with employees who manned the front desk, that they made no changes in the policies to ensure safety for front desk employees, that my concerns, given the assistant provost knew of the first threat, were so easily dismissed.
I strongly encourage international programs to make changes to provide for the safety of their employees now before we once again have bloodshed on our campus.
Ann Marie Drop