• Former Iowa State University employee Dennis Smith, of Des Moines, Iowa, stands in his home, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa State last year paid $650,000 to settle Smith’s lawsuit alleging he was retaliated against by superiors, including subjected to a lengthy threat assessment investigation. The case is one example of the challenges facing university threat assessment teams, which were formed on many campuses after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Effectiveness of college threat assessment teams is debated

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the fall semester began, communications professor and campus jester Kembrew McLeod organized a parody news conference to poke fun at the University of Iowa’s governing board, expecting annoyed administrators might show up.