Ten Years After Virginia Tech: Impacts on Campus Mental Health

Publication Date: 2017
Abstract: The tragedy at Virginia Tech occurred on April 16, 2007 and led to the tragic loss of 32 students and faculty members. This tragedy has had a significant impact on thinking around campus policies and practice related to students with mental health or behavioral challenges. Schools have reconsidered mandatory medical leaves, parental notification, student at risk and care management teams, and gatekeeper training in light of this tragic incident. In this presentation, Victor Schwartz, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and chief medical officer for The Jed Foundation, briefly reviews the state of college student mental health, the events surrounding the Virginia Tech tragedy, and the changes that have occurred in the aforementioned areas of concern over the past 10 years.