Virginia Student Threat Assessment


The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines, also known as the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, is an evidence-based model designed for schools to use in conducting threat assessments in K-12 schools. The model was developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell and colleagues, at the University of Virginia, in 2001, and has been extensively examined through field tests and controlled studies that demonstrate its effectiveness.

Studies have found that schools using the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines are able to resolve threats safely and effectively, allowing almost all students to return to school. Studies have also found that schools have lower suspension rates and fewer alternative school transfers, with no racial disparities for Black and Hispanic students. Students report fewer bullying incidents, greater willingness to seek help for bullying and threats of violence, and more positive perceptions of school climate than students in control group schools.

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Target Audience

Districts are encouraged to send teams of 3-4 people. Individual representation is highly discouraged.

School teams ordinarily consist of:

  • school administrators
  • school psychologists
  • social workers
  • mental health professionals
  • guidance counselors
  • law enforcement officers or SROs

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 8:30am-3:30pm

IU8 Richland Office - 445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA - Room E-212

- Each team member will receive a copy of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines book, as well as resources to support schools in establishing threat assessment teams.

- Location: Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, Richland Office; located in Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center. Participants are required to enter through the main entrance of the building and present I.D. at the "Welcome Center".

- Participants will need to bring a laptop to this training, as it will be needed for activities during the training.

Cost: $75 per person or district teams of 3 or more $65/person

Lunch provided

Training Topics

  • Rationale for threat assessment
  • Use of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines
  • Pathways to violence
  • Practical issues
  • Group exercises
  • Implementation
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For more information contact:

Don Arotin
School Safety & Security Coordinator