The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts trustee board voted 10 to one to arm campus police with firearms, despite a mostly negative reaction from the student body.
The issue was first brought up in 2008 after a state-commissioned report found that campus police should be ready in the event of an active-shooter emergency, such as the Virginia Tech massacre, YNN reports. Currently, five of nine Massachusetts state universities have armed campus police officers.
Training and equipment will cost $24,000 this year. Police will be armed by this summer.