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ERIC Number: EJ872041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Threat Assessment in College Settings
Cornell, Dewey
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n1 p8, 10-15 Jan-Feb 2010
In 2007, the landscape of campus safety changed abruptly with the Virginia Tech shooting and the subsequent wave of anonymous threats in colleges across the country. In response to the tragedy, the Virginia state legislature mandated that every public institution of higher education establish a "threat assessment team." Both the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service have conducted studies of school shootings and concluded that threat assessment offers an important prevention component to comprehensive safety planning. In this article, the author discusses the significance of threat assessment as a violence prevention strategy and describes the role of a college threat assessment team in providing consultation and assistance to other units of the institutions when dealing with a potentially dangerous situation. Threat assessment has four basic steps: (1) identify threats; (2) evaluate seriousness; (3) intervene; and (4) monitor safety plan. Critical features of a successful threat assessment team, namely (1) administrative support; (2) campus-wide education; and (3) cross-disciplinary teamwork, are presented. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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