Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus: A Virginia Tech Demonstration Project
Virginia Tech, 2009
This book documents Virginia Tech’s experience in developing and implementing a behavioral threat assessment process in the time following the campus shootings on April 16, 2007. In the course of building its behavioral threat assessment capacity, Virginia Tech created considerable documentation to support its Threat Assessment Team and related efforts. This documentation, which appears in Appendices B and E, includes an array of institutional policies, the team’s mission statement, information distributed university-wide to announce and promote the Threat Assessment Team, wallet reference cards, position descriptions, and other materials. This information is included herein to provide examples to any institution that is developing a behavioral threat assessment capacity or enhancing an existing threat assessment process. It is important to note that every institution is different and that the examples provided here may not be appropriate for a particular institution to use. But these resources can still serve as a starting point for institutions to consider in crafting their own policies, mission statement, public awareness message, and other relevant materials. Additional resources, which are listed at the end of this book, provide general templates for use in the creation of threat assessment processes.