WASHINGTON, DC, September 1, 2012 – The VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) today issued the following statement in response to Thursday’s decision by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, which affirmed campus crime warning requirements under the federal Jeanne Clery Act:
- Secretary Duncan has concluded that colleges and universities have an obligation to issue warnings in a reasonably prompt amount of time when there is a crime that presents an ongoing threat, and that institutions must disclose to their communities accurate summaries of how they will issue warnings.
- VTV is pleased that this issue has been resolved and that we – and all members of the Virginia Tech community – can now continue-on together in our efforts to make colleges and universities safer.
- Few organizations in America are more dedicated to campus safety than VTV and Virginia Tech. VTV members have been championing campus safety improvements nationwide for the last five years. During this same period, Virginia Tech has implemented numerous campus safety improvements. The strides made forward by Virginia Tech in the last five years are precedent setting and should be embraced by colleges and universities everywhere.
- Secretary Duncan’s decision sets the bar high for campus safety. VTV strongly supports this level of excellence. It is our hope that a unified community will encourage and challenge institutions across the country to take similar steps in keeping campuses safe.
VTV is comprised of families directly affected by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. We honor the legacy of our loved ones by working diligently to ensure that campus safety remains at the forefront of national attention. Our mission is simple: keep campuses safe!
About The VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by a majority of the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for campus safety and security.