By Calum McKinney
While it “is not possible for an institution to prevent every situation,” Anthony Jenkins, vice president for Student Affairs at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, said efforts to prevent students from harming themselves and others have increased dramatically on campuses across the country following the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois University in 2008.
A graduate of Virginia Tech who went on to serve on its crisis management team, Jenkins said he has helped create behavioral assessment teams at several of the institutions where he has worked.
“We have seen an influx across higher education nationally of more students entering with mental health issues, seeking more psychological support,” he said, “In the last 10 to 15 years, institutions have been put in the interesting situation of how to address issues of what is best for the individual versus the university. It can be a delicate balancing act, making sure that we’re able to sustain enough counselors and support staff to meet students’ needs and also balance that with funding issues.”