Jul 20, 2016 | Harrison College

Harrison College Students to Investigate Simulated Murder in Terre Haute

Terre Haute, IN (July 20, 2016) — Harrison College, a nationally accredited, career-focused higher education institution serving more than 3,000 students worldwide, will provide students an opportunity to conduct a complete mock crime scene investigation this Wednesday, July 20, to prepare them for real-world job scenarios such as crime scene processing, witness interviews and documentation.


The mock murder investigation is part of a project through Harrison’s criminal justice program. The scenario begins with Vigo County authorities discovering a body at Dobbs Park. Harrison’s criminal justice students have been called on to apply hands-on skills learned in the classroom to investigate the crime.


“Hands-on learning, or what we refer to in the academic world as experiential learning, is an important component of our curriculum,” said Deborah Humphrey, campus president of the Harrison College Terre Haute campus. “Allowing students to learn in a setting that resembles what they will see in the actual field gives our students invaluable experience.”


Vigo County Sheriff and Harrison faculty member Greg Ewing will take his introductory law enforcement class on an exploration of what a first responder can expect. Students from the criminal investigations classes will work the crime scene to document and collect evidence just like they would on the job.


Harrison College offers degree programs in business, criminal justice and health sciences at its Terre Haute campus, which is now enrolling for its August 1 start date.