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Threat Assessment and Management

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Working with the Community to Prevent Violence

Campus violence prevention depends on you, the Virginia Tech community, to notice and refer potentially worrisome behaviors or situations before they result in harm.  A person that receives help sooner, rather than later, may be less likely to experience more severe symptoms or cause harm to self or others. Thus, threat assessment is a supportive process, not a disciplinary or punitive one. 

To learn more about the Threat Assessment process, click on the links to the left.

What is Threat Assessment?

"Threat Assessment is a process to identify and respond to students, faculty and staff who may pose a danger to others on campus, may pose a danger to themselves, or who may simply be struggling and in need of assistance and resources." 

- G. Deisinger, M. Randazzo,
D. O'Neill, J. Savage in
The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams


Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus

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Recently published by Virginia Tech, Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus: A Virginia Tech Demonstration Project, is now available for download. This book provides an overview of how Virginia Tech responded after the shootings in April 2007 and explains how case management and threat assessment were implemented.


The Virginia Tech Police Department has launched the Ban from Campus Directory, an online directory listing of individuals that have been banned from Virginia Tech property. Directory listings include the name, year of birth, photo, and areas from which an individual has been banned. The directory home page also provides information about Trespass/Ban from Campus policies, the appeal process, and applicable laws.