NOVA campuses are very safe, but our record of safety doesn’t mean it is not important to take steps to protect yourself at all times. There is an assault in this country every minute, and several serious crimes have occurred recently on or near NOVA campuses.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not walk around texting or wearing ear buds while listening to music. Predators prey on inattentive people who are easily surprised. The risk is not only from predators. There are numerous cases of people texting or wearing ear buds and falling or stepping into traffic.
Here are some other tips:
- Avoid walking in isolated areas on campus and, when possible, walk with a group of people. If you’d like an escort to your vehicle or need a jump start, call college police dispatch. An officer will be sent to your location.
- If possible, park at night in lighted areas of nearby parking lots.
- If you encounter someone in a hallway or on campus, present a confident image. Do not slouch or look way. Rather, keep walking and look the person in the eye as you pass.
- Walk to your vehicle with your keys in your hand.
- Check the interior of your vehicle before entering it.
- If confronted by an assailant, do not fight unless your life is in jeopardy. No property is worth your personal injury.
- Keep your valuables such as computers, cell phones and textbooks under your direct control at all times. Leaving them unattended invites theft.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash, and keep your cash, ID and credit cards in your pocket.
- Be familiar with panic dialers in classrooms and in offices.
- In the event of an active shooter, evacuate if possible and do not carry your backpacks, handbags or any parcels which arriving police could suspect of hiding a weapon. If you must shelter in place, remain quiet and be prepared to fight for your life.
- Get a good description of any assailant (gender, race, height, weight, hair color, accent, odor, clothing, tattoos, etc.) and report same immediately to police.
- If you are in danger, see something that concerns you, or seems out of place, call the college police or use the LiveSafe app. Do not attempt to intervene directly.
- Sign up for NOVA Alert to be informed of campus safety and security issues.
- Program NOVA Police Dispatch into your cell phone. You may reach us 24/7 at 703-764-5000.
Remember to stay alert at all times. If you have safety or security concerns, report them to your campus police or call Dispatch. Working together, we can make NOVA even safer!
NOVA is excited to announce the upcoming (April) launch of a powerful new mobile safety app, called “LiveSafe”!
The free LiveSafe app will improve communication between students, faculty, and college police, and allows for improved emergency response in distress situations. By having access to the latest safety information, our goal is to make our already safe NOVA campuses and centers safer and more secure.
The LiveSafe app will offer a range of safety resources to students, faculty, or parents, including to ability to:
- Send your location to college police in an emergency.
- Report tips anonymously to college police.
- Let friends or family monitor you as you walk home, so you will never have to walk alone.
- Notify college police and emergency management of your safety and security concerns.
- Ask questions and/or make suggestions to the college police.
Signing up for the LiveSafe app is easy:
- Visit the iTunes or Google Play store, depending upon your smartphone, and download the “LiveSafe” app (blue shield icon).
- Choose NOVA from the list of schools that appear once you’ve downloaded the app.
- Fill in your name/contact info (emergency use only).
If you have any questions, please call NOVA Police College Dispatch at 703-764-5000.
Daniel A. Dusseau
Chief of Police
2014 DEA Drug Take-Back Day At NOVA
Saturday, April 26, From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The NOVA Police Department will again be participating in the DEA Drug Take-Back Program. Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal at one of our NOVA sites listed below. Please be advised that we will NOT be collecting any syringes.
NOVA Drop Off Sites:
Annandale Campus CA Building 1st Floor Main Entrance
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Alexandria Campus AA building (Main Entrance from A-4 Parking Lot)
3001 N. Beauregard St
Alexandria, VA 22311
Contact Community Outreach Officer, Tony Ong for any questions or refer to the website below for more information. email@example.com
SAFE Women’s Self Defense Training Held At Annandale Campus
Sexual Assault Free & Empowered (SAFE) is a free women’s self defense program offered by the NOVA College Police Department. SAFE is dedicated to empowering women with knowledge to reduce the occurrence of sexual assault crimes. The program provides effective options by teaching women to take an active and positive role in their own self defense and psychological well-being.
- Acts of violence occur every 15 seconds in the United States
- 6 million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends
- 90 percent of crime is opportunistic
- 90 percent of self defense is in the prevention of an attack
- Course begins with classroom instruction
- Risk awareness, risk reduction, crime prevention strategies and defensive concepts
- Hands-on training in physical defense techniques
- Simulated, controlled environment to test skills
- Courses taught by certified SAFE instructors
- Take home reference manual provided
April 11, 2014 from 8 AM- 4 PM, CG Building Room 113 & 114
Please RSVP to Officer Tony Ong (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan on attending. Spaces are limited
Bomb Threat Response Training
-The destructiveness of bombs
-Penalties for false bomb threats
March 3, Annandale Campus; CA 305; from noon-1pm
March 4, MEC Campus; Room 352; noon-1pm
March 5, Alexandria Campus; AA-158; from noon-1pm
March 7, Woodbridge Campus; WC-108; See from noon-1pm
March 11, Loudoun Campus; LR-101; from noon-1pm
March 12, Manassas Campus; MC-226; from noon-1pm
Please RSVP to Officer Ong (email@example.com) if you plan to attend this presentation
Crimes Against Women / Self-Defense Considerations
NOVA Police conduct campus-wide training sessions on responding to crimes against women and self-defense considerations. If you are interested in this or other announced training, please RSVP to NOVA Police’s Community Outreach Officer, Tony Ong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How to avoid / respond to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.
- What to do if you are a victim.Police guidance on relevant topics (i.e., protective orders, police reporting options, and more.)
- Demonstrations and lecture of self-defense responses and tactics (This is NOT a hands-on session)
- Resources in your community
- January 27, Alexandria Campus from 11 am-1 pm; AA 158
- January 27, Loudoun Campus from 3 pm-5 pm; LR 105
- January 28, Annandale Campus from noon-2 pm; CA 317
- January 29, Manassas Campus from noon-2 pm; (location TBD)
- January 30, MEC Campus from 11 am-1 pm; Room 352
- January 30, Woodbridge Campus from 3 pm–5 pm; LWAS 336
Bystander Intervention Training
- What is Bystander Intervention?
- How Bystander Intervention can keep you and others safe.
- Intervention tips and more.
- February 10, Annandale Campus from noon-1 pm; CA 305
- February 10, MEC Campus from 2 – 3 pm; Room 352.
- February 11, Alexandria Campus from noon-1 pm; AA 196
- February 12, Manassas Campus from noon-1 pm; (location TBD)
- February 13, Loudoun Campus from noon-1 pm; LR 105
- February 14, Woodbridge Campus from noon-1 pm; LWAS 356
This month NOVA Police officers will be at major cross-walks on and off campus at Annandale ensuring pedestrian safety. Vehicles will be stopped for failure to yield to pedestrians and pedestrians will be warned about the dangers of crossing the street without using the crosswalks. For questions or concerns, contact NOVA Police Community Outreach Officer Tony Ong: email@example.com or 703- 764-5000.
Time/Dates of Enforcement
- November 12th from 9 am-10 am & 12 pm-1 pm
- November 13th from 9 am-10 am & 12 pm-1 pm
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Never assume drivers see you and that they will obey crosswalk and right-of-way laws.
- Make it easy for drivers to see you. Dress in light colors and wear reflective materials. If walking at night, use a device to illuminate yourself.
- Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
- If you must walk in the roadway, keep to the extreme left.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to be sure they see you!
- Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians are most often hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections.
- Alcohol and drugs impair your ability to walk and drive safely.
- At the curb, look left, right and left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers you intend to cross.
- Always obey traffic signals. At intersections where traffic is controlled by signals or a police officer, pedestrians must obey the signal and not cross against the stop or signal or pedestrian walkway unless specifically directed to do so by the officer. School crossing guards have the same crosswalk authorities as police officers.
- If a sidewalk is closed due to construction, cross the street and use the sidewalk on the other side or find a safe alternate route out of traffic.
- Use extra caution when crossing streets with multiple lanes and/or higher speed limits.
- If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left, right, and left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
- Be alert – especially at intersections, that allow right turns on red.
Driver Responsibilities and Pedestrian Safety
- Share the road. It’s your responsibility to look out for others.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Failure to yield for pedestrian in Virginia is punishable by a fine of no less than $100 and up to $500 and include point deductions by DMV.
- Don’t block crosswalks when stopping at intersections.
- Obey the posted speed limit.
- Take extra care around schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods.
- Always look for pedestrians, especially before turning at a green light or making a “right turn on red”.
- Be careful when passing stopped vehicles. They might be stopped for pedestrians.
The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires every college and university to publish an Annual Security Report containing information about their safety policies, crime statistics and programs. The availability of the report is announced each year by October 1st.
Additionally, the College is required to make the report available to the entire College community.
NOVA’s 2013 report can be found at: http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/police/college-safety/2013novannualsecurityreport092613-rev.pdf and contains the important safety information, links and crime statistics. If you would like to obtain a copy, please visit the NOVA Police on any NOVA campus.
If you have any questions or comments about NOVA’s safety and security policies or operations, please contact NOVA Chief of Police Dan Dusseau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Every day we hear about scams people try to use on our students. Some come by phone and some by email. This is a just a reminder that no legitimate office or company will ever ask you for your social security number, login or password by phone or email. In addition, before filling out forms on the web with personal information, check, or credit card numbers, make sure that it is going to a legitimate address. You can do this in several ways: make sure the web address begins with https or login directly to the website using a web address you know is correct instead of following a link from an email. Also, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is and you should exercise an even greater degree of caution.
A good example to keep in mind is our own NOVA Help Desk. If you need help with your password, you will contact the IT Help Desk by mail or phone so you know that you went to that specific location. After you contact them, they may ask you for a social security number as part of the verification process if they cannot verify your identify by any other means. They do this by phone and not by email. What makes this safe for you is that you initiated the contact and it did not come to you in an email or random phone call. As an extra measure of security, Students should periodically review their My NOVA account information to ensure that they have entered a unique Security Question and Answer that the ITHD can use to help verify their identify in lieu of a Social Security number. You can find links to do this on the My Tools page after you login.
- The Help Desk has assistance available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service includes nights, weekends and holidays.
Toll Free: 855.259.1019
(Outside of Northern Virginia)
Local Telephone Number: 703.426.4141
NOVA will again be participating in the Special Olympics Dulles Plane Pull Event. This will be NOVA’s 3rd year participating andwe invite everyone to come out and cheer on Team NOVA! Please refer to the information below for more details along with a donation page for anyone who wishes to support The Special Olympics.
Plane Pull Webpage:
Above Picture of 2012 Pullers.
The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull® is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1250 to participate – that’s just $50 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages.
If pulling a plane seems just a bit beyond your reach – how about a truck? The Kids Truck Pull pits teams of children against a big red 123JUNK truck; the team who pulls the truck 12 feet the fastest wins. Each child must raise a minimum of $10 to compete and will receive a t-shirt.
Still not convinced you’ve got the muscles for the job? Join us as a volunteer, an event sponsor, an event exhibitor… or as a “fan” of Special Olympics Virginia. The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull®, presented by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, also features live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits, and children’s games and entertainment. Event admission and parking are free. Gates open Saturday at 10:30 am, with event festivities beginning at 11 am; gates close at 3:45 pm, with festivities ending at 4 pm. Please note: no backpacks, coolers or pets will be allowed.
* If you have any questions pertaining to this event, please contact Community Outreach Officer, Tony Ong email@example.com