Virginia Tech to Release Review of Deadly Campus Shootings

Virginia Tech on Wednesday will release its internal review of the April 16 mass shootings that killed 33 on campus — the first report examining the university's actions.

University President Charles Steger named committees in May to review Tech's security, its communications systems and the relationships among the student counseling services, academic affairs, judicial affairs and the legal system.

Steger and university officials came under criticism soon after the shootings for not shutting down the campus after the first two people were killed in the shootings at a dormitory. The rest were killed about two hours later in a classroom building. The gunman, student Seung-Hui Cho, then killed himself.

Steger has said shutting down campus would not have been feasible.

University spokesman Larry Hincker on Tuesday would not disclose the nature of the review's findings.

Virginia Tech already has instituted a new system that alerts students and staff of emergencies by text messages on cell phones, e-mail and online instant messages.

Governor Timothy M. Kaine appointed a separate panel to investigate the handling of the shootings, and its report is expected next week.