Immediate Review Panel

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The Virginia Tech Review Panel (VTRP) brought together to determine how well the university responded to the incident and what emergency protocols they had in place for it. They wanted to figure out ways to better the emergency responses, broad outreach to campus community, mental health awareness, and more. There were also a wide variety of committees to help the university understand misunderstandings about legal practices that could have prevented the incident. These committees were made up of a variety of people, usually across campus, that could provide insight and understanding to the everyday working of the university.1

Not only was the VTRP intent to look into failures and misunderstandings from the university, police department, and community but it also dove into Seung-Hui Cho’s mental health history. Following this investigation it became clear that during Cho’s widespread history struggling with mental illness there was a series of events, including his involuntary admittance to a facility, that should have been reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) and never was. Had this knowledge been transferred based on Virginia law Cho would never have been able to legally purchase, possess, or transport a firearm like he had.2

  1. Deisinger and Scalora, “Threat Assessment and Management in Higher Education in the United States”, 187. ↩︎
  2. Schildkruat and Hernandez, “Laws That Bit The Bullet”, 365-367. ↩︎

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