Burlington Based Center Helps Protect College Students Nationwide

By Megan Carpenter | mcarpenter@nexstar.tv

Published 06/18 2014 07:14PM

Updated 06/18 2014 07:32PM

BURLINGTON, Vt.-  Burlington has become the headquarters of a national effort to keep universities safe across the country.

The new center is called the National Center for Campus Public Safety.  It will provide resources U.S. colleges so students are better protected. 

"We are developing resources and information that will help colleges across the country address issues ranging from sexual and gender violence to emergency management," says Managing Partner Gary Margolis, former Chief of Police at the University of Vermont.

Congress started talking about the need for this 10 years ago after the shooting at Virginia Tech.

"Again, following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the idea gained significant momentum and the federal government funded it," says Managing Partner Steven Healy, former Chief of Police at Princeton University.

Other resources range from preventing theft on campus to what to do during a natural disaster.

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