Free Online Educational Programs on School Threat Assessment

New online educational programs are available for school use. These brief programs will help students, parents, and teachers understand the threat assessment process to prevent violence.

The programs are 15 minutes for students, 25 minutes for parents, and 25 minutes for teachers/staff, including evaluation questions to show how much participants learned.

In addition, there are 3 programs totaling 75 minutes for threat assessment teams.

The programs were successfully field-tested in 2016-17; all groups demonstrated large gains in knowledge of threat assessment after completing the programs.

Below is an excerpt from the student program:

The link to access all programs is: You can preview any of the programs using the preview codes:

Teacher/staff video preview: vtdsxh
Threat Assessment Team Member preview: vm6dbt
Student video preview: vs3fcf
Parent video preview: vpnm9q

We ask that these particular codes only be used by administrators to review the programs. If you want to use the programs in your school system, please contact Jennifer Maeng, Ph.D., project director at  She will provide you with codes for your school system. 

These programs help schools meet the requirement for threat assessment teams to “provide guidance to students, faculty and staff regarding recognition of threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community, or school…” (Code of Virginia § 22.1-79.4)

This project was conducted by the Youth Violence Project of the School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. It was supported by Grant #NIJ 2014-CK-BX-0004 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.