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Training - Clery Act Compliance

Clery Act compliance training is provided by the NOVA Police, the Office of Emergency Management, the NOVACares Office and the NOVA Clery Coordinator.

Training by the NOVA Police

New Student Orientation, New Employee and New Faculty Orientation, Faculty Staff Welcome Back
This presentation provides an overview of the NOVA Police Department, including its structure, capabilities and services (e.g., police training, lost and found, escort to vehicles).  The presentation includes discussions on safety resources on campus, Clery Act requirements, where to find crime data, how to contact the police in order to report crimes, request services, file a complaint and more.

Online Safety Training Videos 
NOVA’s online safety videos describe the capabilities and services of NOVA Police, the Office of Emergency Management and Student Mental Health and Behavior. The videos cover safety resources such as panic dialers, call boxes, tips for staying safe on campus and what to do in certain types of emergencies. Materials also cover introductory briefings, such as new student, employee and faculty orientations and faculty welcome back convocations.

Sexual Assault Awareness Training
Topics include domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape awareness, acquaintance rape awareness and forcible and non-forcible sex offense awareness. This training is presented at each of the College’s six campuses over the course of a month. This training, often conducted as a team effort with Sexual Assault Services, addresses statistics of the above listed crimes, motivations and dynamics of these crimes and the current laws against them. The presentation addresses how to avoid this behavior and what to do if you or a friend is a victim.

Women’s Self Defense Considerations  
This non-hands-on lecture for women reviews the mental attitudes, safety considerations and response techniques on how to avoid an attack and defeat it if it occurs. An assault occurs every 60 seconds. You can learn valuable information that will increase your ability to defend yourself.

This training was presented at each of the College’s six campuses over the course of a month. One additional presentation was made upon request to the Police Department’s Community Outreach Division. 

Active Shooter Response Training
Active shooter incidents are increasing in frequency and lethality, and one occurred at NOVA’s Woodbridge campus in 2009. How would you respond? This training explains why active shooter incidents occur, three response options, how to stay safe during law enforcement’s response and the steps NOVA police have taken to minimize the likelihood and consequences of such an event.

This training was presented at each of the College’s six campuses over the course of a month. Twenty-six additional presentations were made upon request to the Police Department’s Community Outreach Division.

DEA Drug Take Back
Held in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Agency, this initiative allows NOVA community members and local citizens to dispose of illegal and legal narcotics in a safe and anonymous way. Past efforts have collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted drugs.

This event was conducted twice in 2013 at five NOVA campuses.

Substance Abuse and Alcohol Awareness
Learn more about horizontal gaze nystagmus and why cops wave their pens in front of your eyes if they think you’ve been drinking. What are your rights on a DUI stop? Should you ask an officer to hold your beer while you search for your license and registration? Come to this class to learn about field sobriety tests and try to pass them while wearing "drunk goggles" that simulate an inebriated state.

This training was offered at all campuses over the course of a month. One campus had no attendees.

Identity Theft Prevention
Come learn simple tips to keep your identity and finances safe. This event is occasionally held in conjunction with a document shred event, which gives members of the NOVA and surrounding communities the opportunity to dispose of old documents safely and securely.

This training was offered at all campuses over the course of a month.

Child Safety Seat Inspection
The majority of child safety seats are incorrectly installed. A certified NOVA PD safety seat installer is available by appointment to install child safety seats, and inspect those already installed and make necessary adjustments. NOVA’s child safety seat installer also supports similar efforts in surrounding jurisdictions.

This event has been offered once.

Vehicle VIN Etching
Held in conjunction with the Virginia State Police, this event allows NOVA community members and local citizens to have their vehicles' VIN numbers etched into their windshields to deter auto theft and facilitate recovery of stolen vehicles.

This event has been held once.

Drug/Substance Abuse Training
What are the most popular drugs, both legal and illegal, in northern Virginia? How about synthetic marijuana? Is it legal? Can you really be arrested for carrying rolling papers? Which drugs most concern local law enforcement? How much do these drugs cost and what are the penalties for getting caught with them?

This training was offered at all campuses over the course of a month. One campus had no attendees.

Dealing With Difficult People
Words matter! What we say and how we say it can be the difference between a fight and voluntary compliance with police and security direction. The words we choose, our tone, pitch, volume along with our non-verbal cues can further our customer service goals, and in the case of a toxic situation, defuse it in a positive manner. How we speak and interact with others can also reduces complaints and enhance our reputation as caring professionals. The long-term benefit of this reputation is closer cooperation between police and security and the communities we serve. The benefits of this training are not limited to public safety professionals; the principles covered in the training can also be used for more effective and amicable communications between spouses and between parents and children.
Based on the principles of Verbal Judo, this entertaining 60-minute class presented by a certified Verbal Judo trainer covers:

  • Ten phrases you should never use
  • Why others do not hear what we say
  • How to establish a link and build rapport between you and an angry citizen
  • The biggest obstacle to effective communication
  • How to end an angry citizen’s rant
  • Techniques that will help officers gain compliance while protecting them and the agency from complaints
  • What to do when words fail

This class is applicable to police and security officers and any person employed in a service capacity.  It has been presented to the College police officers, students, faculty and staff and is consistently praised as both useful and entertaining.

This training was presented at each of the College’s six campuses over the course of a month. Sixteen additional presentations were made upon request to the Police Department’s Community Outreach Division.

Bomb Threat Response
NOVA has experienced both bomb threats and an actual bombing in past years. Would you know what to do? How far should you evacuate and to where? Should you carry your personal belongings with you or leave them behind? Should you activate the fire alarm to help evacuate the building (Hint: No!)? These and other life-saving tips are presented in this training.

This training was offered once.

Bystander Intervention Training
Bystander intervention is a strategy of preventing sexual assaults and other proscribed behaviors based on the fact that the people present when these behaviors are occurring or about to occur greatly outnumber the victim and the aggressor(s). The strategy uses peer pressure from the bystanders to stop untoward behavior. 
Bystander Intervention Training (Powerpoint) Presentation

This training was offered at all campuses over the course of a month.

Training by the Office of Emergency Management

C-Cert Training
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, while training them in basic disaster response skills. Basic skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations are explained in a classroom environment and practiced in outside exercises. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support their local emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. This training is a 24-hours instructor-lead course and is offered twice per year.

All Hazards Training
All hazards training helps reinforce the adult learner in the concept that the response or reaction to most types of incidents will be very similar. The training also focuses on specific types of threats, such as terrorism and work safety. Training follows the all-hazards approach and aims to include all types of threats to generate a balanced overview. Threat types that are generally considered to be included in an all-hazards approach include:

  • Natural threats such as fire, flooding, earthquakes or lightning
  • Organizational threats such as faults in the chain of command, communication structures or lack of supervision
  • Technical threats such as metal fatigue, excessive corrosion or production errors
  • Human threats that include: Intentional human threats, including a large part of what constitutes crime, such as theft, sabotage and terrorism; Accidental human threats, such as human oversight, misinterpretation, distraction or accidents resulting from unintentional medical emergencies (such as a driver suffering a heart attack).

This training is available on the Knowledge Center (NOVA Academy) and is offered as an instructor-lead deliverable annually, and additionally upon request.

Floor Warden Training
OSHA (1910.38) specifically requires education related to building evacuation procedures, including activation of alarms, safe exit routes, accounting procedures and procedures for personnel who remain in order to shut down or manage equipment during evacuation. This training is supportive of the OSHA requirements and is available on the Knowledge Center (NOVA Academy) and is offered as an instructor-lead deliverable annually, and additionally upon request.

OEM New Employee Orientation
All new employees are expected to attend orientation on their first day of employment or as soon as possible after beginning work at NOVA. Hourly P-14 employees are invited to a separate orientation that is geared towards their type of employment. OEM develops portions of the New Employee Orientation concerning emergency response with additional training available through the Knowledge Center (NOVA Academy).

OEM New Radio Training
This training prepares new wardens for using the campus emergency warden radio system managed by OEM during emergencies and planned events. This training is available on the Knowledge Center (NOVA Academy) and is offered as an instructor-lead deliverable annually, and additionally upon request.

Incident Command System Classes
ICS is a standardized on-scene incident management concept designed specifically to allow responders to adopt an integrated organizational structure equal to the complexity and demands of any single incident or multiple incidents without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries.  The College has adopted the FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS), which ICS is a part.

Admin/Campus level Emergency Response
College administrators and campus leadership are instructed and exercised in emergency response through tabletop scenario-based incidents to prepare them to operate with a level of comfort when stressful situations occur during actual emergencies. This training is offered as an instructor-lead deliverable annually at each main campus and for the Administrative Council.

Training by the NOVACares Office

Sexual Assault Services
This program within the NOVACares Office offers educational programming on a regular basis to student, faculty and staff on the issues of sexual assault/sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence and stalking. In the Summer, SAS provides information and resources to all incoming students and to new and returning faculty/staff. Special presentations are made to both adjunct and full-time faculty regarding the impact of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking, as well as how to handle disclosures and how to refer to both campus and community resources. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), special programs are presented at the College that highlight these issues. In addition, special events are held on our campuses each year, including the Take Back the Night Rally, The Clothesline Project and the Red Flag Campaign of bystander intervention. SAS and NOVA Police present self-defense education to the College community on a bi-monthly basis. For further information contact nova.sas@nvcc.edu or 703.338.0834

Training by the NOVA Clery Coordinator

In-Person Advanced Clery CSA Training
The In-Person Clery CSA Training usually takes about an hour and fulfills the NOVA Human Resources Clery training requirement for all full-time faculty and staff that have been identified as CSAs. Topics include NOVA Clery policy and forms, Clery geography, Clery crimes, Clery Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications and review of the NOVA Annual Security Report. Additionally, many attendees have benefited from the questions and answers which arise during the training. Attendees receive a certificate of attendance through NOVA Academy. Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn about their possible individual NOVA Clery requirements and the College's Clery responsibilities. The In-Person Clery CSA Training is available once a year at each of the main campus and center locations and is usually offered during the Spring and Fall semesters. In-Person training is routinely offered to targeted groups (such as athletics, Dean of Students staff, etc.) upon request throughout the year. Should you need further assistance or would like to request this training for your department or division please contact the Clery Coordinator Stephen Brunelle at sbrunelle@nvcc.edu.

Online Advanced Clery CSA Training
The Online Advanced Clery CSA Training usually takes about an hour and fulfills the NOVA Human Resources Clery training requirement for all full-time faculty and staff that have been identified as CSAs. Topics include NOVA Clery policy and forms, Clery geography, Clery crimes, Clery Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications and review of the NOVA Annual Security Report. Attendees receive a certificate of completion after passing the final exam. Everyone is encouraged to take the training to learn about their possible individual NOVA Clery requirements and the College's Clery responsibilities. The Online Advanced Clery CSA Training is available to faculty, staff and contractors at any time through NOVA Academy, linked here.

NOVA General Awareness Clery Training
The NOVA General Awareness Clery Training usually takes about 20 minutes to complete and is assigned to all newly hired employees from the Department of Human Resources.The training is available via NOVA Academy, linked here. Topics include NOVA Clery policy and forms, Clery geography, Clery crimes, Clery Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications and review of the NOVA Annual Security Report. Additionally, many attendees have benefited from the questions and answers which arise during the training. Attendees receive a certificate of attendance through NOVA Academy. In the near future, the NOVA General Awareness Clery Training and Advanced Clery CSA Training material and content will be updated and combined into one training which will fulfill the Clery CSA training requirements for anyone who completes the training.    

Coming Soon

Be Aware & Prevent! Your Personal Safety!
Topics will include how to be aware of, recognize and prevent issues and/or incidents related to acts of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assaults, stalking and acquaintance rape. There will be an online module available any time as well as an in-person training session available to all faculty and staff at each of the campus and centers once a year. This training is geared towards NOVA faculty and staff.

Be Aware & Prevent! Your Personal Safety! A Student Guide
Topics will include how to be aware of, recognize and prevent issues and/or incidents related to acts of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assaults, stalking and acquaintance rape. There will be an online module available anytime as well as an in-person training session available once a semester at each of the campus and centers. This training will be geared towards students and prospective students in attendance at NOVA.