To further support a diverse and inclusive campus community, Virginia Tech has launched “SafeWatch” — a new university program that promotes individual and collective responsibility among students, faculty, staff and guests to incorporate the Virginia Tech Principles of Community into interpersonal and inter-group relationships.
Patterned after the “Neighborhood Watch” program, SafeWatch promotes understanding of university policies related to harassment, discrimination or similar behaviors and provides a way to report violations of policies and community expectations that promote an inclusive campus environment.
SafeWatch encourages a welcoming community with regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Incidents that create a hostile, unsafe, unwelcome, or insecure environment should be reported to SafeWatch.
SAFEWATCH is established to:
- Provide an online means for identifying and reporting violations of university policies and community expectations that promote a positive climate for all.
- Initiate timely action in response to online reports by facilitating communication to appropriate departments.
- Promote involvement of the university and larger communities in dialogs and collaborative activities that foster a positive, supportive environment for all groups.