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Universities preparing for Ferguson decision

As the wait continues for the grand jury decision in Ferguson, universities in Mid Missouri are preparing.

ABC 17 News checked in with University of Missouri and Lincoln University police about how they are getting ready for the verdict.

MU police said they have been meeting with Columbia police and Highway Patrol about possible protests and protocol.

However, are not worried about anything becoming violent.

Captain Weimer said Thanksgiving break started Friday for many students, which means less students on campus.

Lincoln University is also prepared for the decision.

Misty Young in public relations at Lincoln University said they plan on holding a large group discussion when the verdict comes.

“We are going to have a forum here on campus that will allow our students, faculty and staff members as well to kind of voice their concerns and or opinions about whatever the decision ends up being. So this is just a chance to kind of talk about the process and whatever the outcome is,” said Misty Young.

Students will get an email notification about where the discussion will be held depending on what time of day the decision is made.

Lincoln University is also making sure counselors are available to meet with students who may be angered.

“We do recognize we have a student population from that area so this hits very close to home. So if for some reasons they are feeling emotions that are a little bit stronger than normal then there are counselings services available,” said Young.

Lincoln University‘s Thanksgiving break begins Tuesday.

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