Safety on Campus:
Faculty, staff and administrators at universities across the United States have had one consistent reaction to last spring's tragedy at Virginia Tech. All concerned want to ensure the safety of their students and campuses. Some individuals and companies are marketing assessment instruments to screen students for mental health concerns to "prevent" another violent incident from occurring.
The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, AUCCCD, recommends that before colleges and universities react to calls for mental health screenings of university students, administrators consider the following:
We all want our campuses to be healthy, safe environments where students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed and able to work toward their goals. When students encounter difficulties and barriers to these goals, the campus counseling center is a helpful resource.
Dr. Russ Federman, Director at the Univeristy of Virginia, testifies before the Senate Committe on Homeland Security and Governmental Affrairs regarding Security on America's College Campuses. PDF
AUCCCD Statement About The Events At Virginia Tech
The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), which represents 748 institutions, expresses our sincere condolences and profound sympathies to all members of the campus community at Virginia Tech. Our membership would also like to express our solidarity and support for Dr. Chris Flynn, our colleague, who is the Director of the Virginia Tech Cook Counseling Service. Our Association's mission is to assist directors in managing their centers and promoting awareness of college student mental health. During this time of incomprehensible tragedy our membership continues in our mission to serve as resources for our campus communities.