• UMass Dartmouth report: School couldn't foresee Tsarnaev's alleged actions


    DARTMOUTH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The university where accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended school released a report Thursday on their response to the attacks.

    UMass Dartmouth released the findings of their independent investigation four months to the day after the bombings. The school says the report praised their overall response to the emergency, as well as the changes to policies and procedures that were made in the months following the explosions.

    The report, which was conducted by a task force made of three officials from other universities, concluded that UMass Dartmouth "could not have foreseen the alleged actions of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, nor did the Task Force find any indication that students at UMass Dartmouth were in danger prior to, or after, the bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013."

    The report did, however, share recommendations for the school, including seeking municipal legislation that would give campus police jurisdiction off-campus. It also suggested the school reevaluate the campus police force, which it said often operates at minimum levels.

    UMass Dartmouth was evacuated on April 19 after it was learned one of the men accused of setting off bombs days earlier at the finish line of the Boston Marathon was a student at the school. Investigators claim friends of Tsarnaev entered his dorm room on April 18 and removed a back pack containing fireworks and a lap top.

    Tsarnaev was arrested on the evening of April 19 after he was found hiding in a boat parked in the back yard of a Watertown home. The 19-year-old, who is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Sept. 23.

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