We develop proactive solutions that are actionable to create better school safety
VTV advocates for stronger school safety and security. We deliver results-oriented practical solutions to school and campus safety issues. We do this through a range of activities and initiatives that make real impacts.
32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI)
On August 13, 2015, VTV launched this revolutionary program to provide the first-ever comprehensive view of a school’s safety posture. 32 NCSI offers institutions of higher education a series of free, confidential, online self-assessment tools to improve comprehensive campus safety programs. It equips schools with the info they need to know where they’re doing well and helps schools bridge any gaps to help make their campus safer. Learn more >
Integrated SRO Safety Model & Training Curriculum
Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Center for Applied Behavior Systems, VTV is developing a comprehensive training program for K-12 School Resource Officers (SROs) and their school-based partners. The result is a model and training curriculum that will greatly improve collaboration among previously non-integrated groups. The program enables individually tailored school safety and security plans that incorporate how duties of SROs intersect with all aspects of school safety. Learn more >
National Center for Campus Public Safety
Through years of work at the White House, U.S. Capital, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Justice, and other areas of influence, VTV championed the creation of the National Center for Campus Public Safety on March 14, 2013, as well as the funding of NCCPS on May 30, 2014. Guided by an advisory board, on which VTV is represented, NCCPS serves as a national clearinghouse for research, best practices and training for college and university police and security. Learn more >
Campus SaVE Act
VTV was at the forefront, along with a diverse coalition of national organizations, of securing the passage in 2013 of the “Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act” or “Campus SaVE Act” (also known as the VAWA amendments to the Clery Act or the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act 0f 2013 – H.R. 4970, S.1925 – signed into law by President Obama on March 7, 2013) that enhanced and modernized the two-decade-old federal campus sexual violence prevention and response guidelines. VTV’s S. Daniel Carter served as one of fifteen Negotiated Rulemaking Committee members that aided the Dept. of Education in crafting these proposed regulations. VTV also used traditional media to address the 20-year old sexual assault provisions in the Jeanne Clery Act to expand them to include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
VTV’s Crisis Response team is a group of trained VTV family members and staff who provide assistance upon request to the victims of incidents of mass school violence and similar tragedies. It’s one of the few reactive things we do, but we hope it makes a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others. Learn more >
VTV routinely organizes activities in remembrance of the 32 innocent lives lost on April 16, 2007. In collaboration with Virginia Tech, an on-campus art exhibit was hosted on the 5th anniversary. Several golf tournaments and gran fondos (bike rides of 32 and 100 miles) have been organized annually. “Through the Storm” a hand bell performance was commissioned by VTV and dedicated to the victims and survivors of 4/16.
Violence Prevention Conference
VTV co-sponsored the Violence Prevention Conference offered by the Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA). VTV participated in the development and implementation of the conference, which was held in January, 2015.
Intergenerational Day Camp
VTV funded five Adult Day Care Scholarships Fees for adults, fifty t-shirts for children age 5-12, and camp fees for 18-year olds and older to attend the camp, which focused on cultural diversity and peace-building. For more information on Generations Crossings, visit www.generationscrossing.com.
Funded two students, Shane McCarty and Sophia Teie, to present papers at the Fourth International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education. For more information on the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, visit www.cpsvp.vt.edu.
The Heart of Virginia Foundation
VTV funded the maintenance of a school bus that travelled throughout the United States to visit young people on college campuses in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness. For more information on The Heart of Virginia Foundation, visit TheHeartofVA.org.
Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
In one of VTV’s earliest impacts, families banded together in 2008 and told Congress to amend the Clery Act because “these warnings must be issued as soon as possible”. As a result of their influence and others, HEOA included amendments to the Clery Act to require campuses to issue immediate notifications about any emergency situation that is a threat to the health or safety of students and employees. Among other updates, HEOA also requires state universities to know their emergency management plans, conduct exercise drills every year, have an emergency notification system in place, and use it in a timely manner. HEOA also provided for a matching grant program so colleges and universities could fund safety and security improvement initiatives. There is also a provision for mental health services for students and staff so they can be coordinated with appropriate local entities. The HEOA bill was was signed into law on August 14, 2008 by President Bush, reauthorizing the amended version of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965.
Collaboration with Other Advocacy Groups
VTV has hosted representatives from Columbine, Sandy Hook, PEACE OUTside Campus, CLEARCAUSE, Michael H. Minger Foundation, and others groups during our annual meetings and other events – in an effort to establish healthy, collaborative relationships with organizations having similar goals, and to broaden our scope on educating schools, colleges and the general public. We continue to offer our support and collaboration as often as needed.
VTV has a strong history of bringing people together to make things happen.
With your help, we can continue to do more.