March 30, 2011
Author: Timothy Means
Source: American School and University Magazine
Education administrators face challenges in responding to the need for timely notification in the event of an emergency.
In December 2010, the Department of Education (DOE) released the Final Program Review Determination (FPRD) as the last say on its earlier ruling that Virginia Tech University violated the Clery Act's requirement for issuing a timely warning during the events of April 16, 2007.
The FPRD findings bring clarity to how DOE views the mandate of "timely notification" as articulated in the Clery Act. This decision places more scrutiny on school and university officials and their management of emergency events and dangerous situations. School leaders face challenges an need the tools provided by industry to respond to the need for timely notification.