The University of Florida is one of the first schools in the country that will begin using a series of online self-assessment tools to improve campus safety programs in nine areas including sexual violence, threat assessment and mental health.

The new framework, called the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative, or 32 NCSI, is being released Aug. 13 by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation to help colleges and universities improve their efforts to keep students safe. The foundation, established by families and survivors impacted by the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, advocates for campus safety and security nationwide.

Several universities, including UF, already have completed a pilot version of 32 NCSI.

Additional areas in which UF will be able to assess its campus safety programs and services are those related to alcohol and other drugs, campus public safety, emergency management, hazing, missing students and physical security.