By LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says Virginia Tech failed to comply with campus security laws during a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman.
The university released the department's preliminary finding and its response Tuesday. Tech disputes the department's finding that it violated the Clery Act's requirement of a "timely warning" to the campus when crimes or threats are reported.
Tech says the standard at the time of the April 16, 2007, shootings allowed university officials to use their best judgment after consulting with law enforcement. They say that's what happened.
The university has previously been criticized for not notifying the campus of the shootings sooner. The state has released its own report identifying apparent missteps.