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the student with appropriate resources and support you in
maintaining your desired classroom environment.
VIRGINIA’S THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS
In the aftermath of the April 2007 shootings that occurred at
Virginia Tech, the 2008 Virginia General Assembly responded
by implementing legislation requiring public colleges and
universities to develop threat assessment teams and violence
prevention committees. These teams are charged with
providing guidance to students, faculty, and staff on how to
recognize and report behavior that may represent a threat to
the community. They also develop protocols for assessing
individuals whose behavior may present a threat and
intervening when appropriate. Threat assessment is a
strategy for
preventing
violence through identification,
evaluation and early intervention.
Threat assessment is
different from crisis response or crisis intervention
because it
takes place before a violent event is under way.
In Virginia all public colleges, as well most private colleges
and community colleges, have established threat assessment
teams. Faculty and staff are encouraged to report students
whose behavior is believed to be a threat to self or others.
Once a team is notified, team members gather more
information about that individual and recommend
appropriate interventions.
Information on TAT contacts and protocol is usually available
in a faculty handbook or on the campus website. Learn more