Virginia Tech 10 Years Later: When Campus Safety Changed Forever
Kristina Anderson has learned to decipher very quickly how much a college or university values campus safety.
"Quite frankly, it's easy," says the 29-year-old survivor of the April 16, 2007, shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, which left 32 students and faculty members dead.
Anderson counts how many clicks it takes for her to navigate from the school's homepage to information about emergency protocols, behavioral intervention resources and how to report anything or anyone suspicious.
For some schools, like Virginia Tech, there's an entire campus safety section linked directly from the homepage, complete with a letter from the president. For others, it takes six or seven clicks. And then there are those that make it nearly impossible to find such information.
"The biggest oversight that schools are making is the level of how fully they think through their training and education of workplace violence issues to their faculty, staff and students," Anderson says. "Campus safety does not get prominent or equal exposure during orientation. Fifteen minutes at the start of your freshman year is not the answer."