DOE says Virginia Tech’s response violated federal guidelines during the 2007 massacre on campus
The US Department of Education has just released its final report on Virginia Tech’s handling of the mass shooting incident in April 2007. Charles Fishburne reports.
DOE cited Tech for two violations of the Clery Act, for not issuing adequate warnings in a timely fashion and when they were issued, it said, they did not clearly spell out the threat.
Tobias: There are a number of implications that are possible here.
University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias says sanctions could follow.
Tobias: There are rather serious sanctions that the DOE may impose on Virginia Tech, including some cut-off of federal funds.
And the report could affect pending cases.
Tobias: The plaintiffs in the two cases proceeding will have more leverage when they try to introduce this report into evidence in their case.
He says the report tends to vindicate victims' families' complaints about Tech’s response. A Tech spokesman released a written statement yesterday saying the warnings were well within the standards and practices in effect at the time, and timely warning is whatever the DOE decides after the fact.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News