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UI officials select panel to assess campus safety

University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis announced today members of an independent review panel have been selected to assess campus safety policies in light of the recent shooting death of a graduate student there.

University officials identified a group of experts on higher education, student affairs, campus security and legal affairs “who we believe will provide valuable insight and analysis,” of safety and security policies and procedures as they relate to the safety of students, faculty and staff, Nellis said in an email this morning.

The names of the experts will be released upon acceptance by all panel members. Their findings and recommendations will be provided as quickly as possible, he said, preferably within 30 to 60 days.

Nellis directed the creation of the panel in the wake of the killing of Kathryn “Katy” Benoit, 22, who police say was gunned down outside her Moscow apartment by former lover and UI professor Ernesto Bustamante, 31, on Aug. 22. Bustamante was found dead early the next day in a Moscow hotel room after apparently shooting himself in the head.