Virginia Tech Review Panel to Hold Next Public Meeting at University of Virginia

July 6, 2007 — The panel reviewing the tragic events of April 16 at Virginia Tech will hold its final public meeting Wednesday in the Abbott Center Auditorium at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 9 a.m. and scheduled to conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Much of the meeting is open to the public. The panel will hear from representatives of a statewide campus police organization and from experts in mental health care and related legal issues. Among those offering their testimony will be Richard Bonnie, director of U.Va.’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and chairman of the Commonwealth Commission on Mental Health Law, and Russell Federman, director of U.Va.’s Smith Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.

The meeting agenda follows:

Governor Kaine's Independent Virginia Tech Incident Review Panel

Public Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Abbott Center Auditorium

University of Virginia

Darden School of Business
100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22903

8:30 a.m.  Abbott Center Doors Open to the Public

9 a.m.    Opening remarks - Col. Gerald Massengill, Chair

9:10  a.m.   Welcome - Dr. John T. Casteen III, President, University of Virginia

9:15 a.m.   Update on Panel and Staff Activities - Philip Schaenman, Staff Director                          

9:30  a.m.  Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA)

Don Challis, President, VACLEA (Speaker)
Chief, William & Mary Police Department

Michael Gibson, Chief of Police, University of Virginia

Robert Dillard, Chief University of Richmond Police Department

Thomas Turner, Director, Roanoke College Campus Safety Department

10:15 a.m.  Civil Commitment Law Reform in Virginia

Richard Bonnie, Director, University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy; and Chair, Commonwealth Commission on Mental Health Law

11:15 a.m.  Handling the Seriously Troubled Student - Legally Permissible Options and Strategies Available to Academic Institutions

Dr. James Madero, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco        

Dr. Russell Federman, Director, Smith Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Virginia

Richard Bonnie, University of Virginia

12:15 p.m.  Lunch

Panel will vote to go into a closed meeting over lunch to consult with counsel and discuss matters and records which are required to be kept confidential.

1:15 p.m.   Mental Health Issues - Dr. Bela Sood, Va. Tech Review Panel Member

1:30 p.m.   Public Comments

                Persons desiring to address the panel may sign up at the meeting venue

3:30 p.m.    Adjourn


For media credentials, parking information or any assistance with television/radio equipment or other reporting logistics, please contact the University of Virginia's Office of Public Affairs at 434-924-1400 as soon as possible but no later than Friday, July 13.

Office of Public Affairs points of contact are: Amanda Banton, or Penney Catlett,

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