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NOVACares

NOVA is concerned about more than academic success, we also care about the emotional and physical well-being of our community members. The NOVACares process provides anyone a way to share his or her concerns by submitting an online incident report. The NOVACares Office receives and directs these reports to the appropriate NOVACares Responder for intervention, as needed. Trained NOVACares Responders are committed to a proactive approach to help our College maintain a safer community.


Report Concerns

The NOVACares process serves as an early intervention program and helps to facilitate a See Something, Say Something culture at the College. This reporting system is used to track and manage reports of Academic Integrity Violations, Concerning Behavior and Code of Conduct or Criminal incidents. Reported information is shared only on a need to know basis. Reports that indicate severe risk or imminent danger are directed to the college–wide Threat Assessment Team for review.

For information on reporting sexual assault or sexual harassment click here.

Sexual Assault, Stalking and Domestic Violence

As part of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our college community, the NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) program aims to address the issues of sexual assault, stalking and dating/partner violence.

SAS’s mission is to provide educational outreach and free confidential support and services to any member of the NOVA community. We assist students, faculty, staff and immediate family members, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Contact NOVA SAS at 703.338.0834 or by email at nova.sas@nvcc.edu. We are available to help and support you in the best and safest way possible, including referrals to police and/or any other community agencies that may be able to assist in your recovery.

The following is a brief overview of the types of behaviors that SAS addresses, and how to get help if you or someone you care about encounters any of these situations.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Any sexual act lacking consent from one or more parties, or unwanted physical and sexual contact between two or more individuals is a form of sexual assault. Anyone can be a victim. Most victims know their perpetrators. It is NEVER the victim’s fault. No one ‘asks for it.’

Examples include:

  • Rape, forced sodomy, digital or object penetration
  • Unwanted sexual touching without penetration
  • Indecent exposure
  • Non-consensual sexting

STALKING

Stalking is persistent, unwanted contact or attention by an individual directed at a person that causes him/her to feel fear.

Examples include:

  • Receiving numerous unwanted calls, texts or emails
  • Finding notes or messages on your door or windshield (not necessarily threatening notes)
  • “Coincidental” run-ins with the same individual on multiple occasions
  • Being followed or watched, either physically or electronically
  • Finding the same person outside your work, class or home when you leave or arrive

DATING/PARTNER VIOLENCE

Dating/Partner violence refers to acts or behaviors through which an individual inflicts emotional, psychological, physical or financial harm to his/her intimate partner in order to maintain control.

Examples include:

  • Humiliating or embarrassing a partner in front of peers, friends or family members
  • Engaging in non-consensual or unwanted sexual acts
  • Controlling a partner’s movements or actions
  • Insulting, pressuring, intimidating or threatening a partner
  • Using violent physical contact such as choking, pushing, hitting

SAS provides educational outreach in classrooms on these issues. We also assist students working on research projects or classroom assignments related to sexual assault, relationships, violence and abuse, and stalking.

FREE 24-HOUR RESOURCE AT NOVA

Contact Sexual Assault Services at 703.338.0834 or by email at nova.sas@nvcc.edu.

FREE 24-HOUR COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Alexandria Sexual Assault Center: 703.683.7273
  • Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services: 703.360.7273
  • Prince William Sexual Assault Victims’ Advocacy Services (SAVAS): 703.497.1192
  • Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/LAWS: 703.777.6522

In an emergency, call 911. NOVA Police can be reached at 703.764.5000.

NOVA SAS is a program within the NOVACares Office.

Meet the Staff

CONNIE J. KIRKLAND, MA, NCC - DIRECTOR

Connie Kirkland chairs the NOVA Threat Assessment Team, coordinates behavioral intervention and support services for the College, and manages the Sexual Assault Services program at the College. Previously, she was the Director of Sexual Assault Services at George Mason University, where she provided university-wide education and training, and crisis intervention for victims of campus sexual assault, stalking and dating/domestic violence. She has worked for over 35 years in crime victim advocacy, as a college instructor, and as a criminal justice researcher and trainer. She is an ATSS Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor. She has authored legislative bills, training manuals, and materials related to crime victim issues, specializing in violence against women. She was recently been appointed to the NCAA Think Tank on Campus Violence Issues and was named one of nine national campus security experts assisting the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, an organization created following the Virginia Tech tragedy of 2007.

In 2013, Kirkland was the co-host of two national seminars dedicated to the understanding of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act, with special emphasis on the Campus SaVE Section 306. She also co-hosted a 2013 national webinar informing attendees about the process for interviewing the complainant in a Title IX case. She is the author of “Violence Against Women,” a chapter in Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, 9th edition, by M. Davidson, M. London, and P. Ladewig, Prentice Hall, Fall, 2010. She is the co-author of “Responding to Sexually Victimized College Students,” a chapter in Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence, the 2008 Praeger Press book edited by Michele A. Paludi. From 2005 to 2012, Kirkland was a member of the curriculum committee and a faculty member for the Jeanne Clery Act Compliance Training, a project sponsored by Security on Campus, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. Kirkland graduated from the Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy in 2012 and the Gehring Academy for Student Conduct Administrators in 2013. She is a member of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

MARYANN RAYBUCK, LCSW - CASE MANAGER

In her role as Case Manager, MaryAnn Raybuck works with students identified as at-risk by creating a success plan that integrates academic success planning, psycho-education, behavioral intervention, motivational interviewing, stress management, community resources, and one-to-one support. She also works closely with NOVA’s CARE teams to standardize team procedures across campuses, and to provide teams with risk assessment training. She serves on all CARE teams and on NOVA's Threat Assessment Team as a mental health consultant.

Additionally, Raybuck develops and maintains a community resources list for the College to address gaps in services, facilitates outside trainings on mental health concerns, and develops and administers training/outreach programs for students, faculty and staff. She also coordinates the Virginia Wounded Warriors Program at NOVA.

Raybuck received her bachelor’s in social work from George Mason University and her master’s in clinical social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has worked in community outreach, hospice care, juvenile justice, and specializes in community mental health, grief and loss, individual and family psychotherapy, and trauma treatment. She is trained in suicide intervention and is certified in EMDR, a treatment modality for trauma. She is a Virginia Licensed Clinical Social Worker and operates a small private practice in Alexandria. Raybuck has over 150 hours of risk and threat assessment training, is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and an active member of the Higher Education Case Managers Association.

MONICA CHENAULT, MS - PROGRAM MANAGER

Monica Chenault is responsible for managing the NOVACares program. Chenault has over 30 years of experience, working closely with legal and safety professionals, in risk and threat assessment and crisis intervention and management from her current and previous positions. Chenault also has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation and management of a variety of human services programs. Chenault currently manages the NOVACares database. She receives and assesses initial risk for the report and routes reports to the appropriate NOVACares responder. She works closely with the NOVACares Responders at each campus to ensure that all responders have completed basic training. Chenault monitors program compliance at each campus, and is responsible for the implementation of policy and procedure standards college wide. Chenault assesses the program’s effectiveness and use throughout the College. She prepares monthly and annual reports. Chenault is a member of the NOVA Threat Assessment Team and has accumulated over 200 hours of risk and threat assessment training. Chenault also works to educate and inform the NOVA Community about the NOVACares program through social media and outreach presentations.

Chenault was certified as a Mediator by the Commonwealth of Virginia for over eight years. Chenault was also certified by the Virginia Department of Social Services as Investigator of Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse for over 10 years and is recognized as an expert in the field by courts in over 10 Virginia jurisdictions. Chenault also has extensive experience and skills as a family therapist, probation counselor, psychologist and social worker. Chenault was an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington teaching Psychology for three years. Chenault holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in psychology from Old Dominion University and post graduate course work from Virginia Tech in Crisis Intervention.