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Shooting Incident at Woodbridge Campus

December 8, 2009

Update: 4:30 p.m. December 18, 2009

Woodbridge, VA (December 18, 2009) - For students seeking further counseling, please contact the Dean of Students' Office on your campus.

Immediately following the winter holiday break, discussion forums and training sessions will be held regarding what faculty and staff can do during the first minutes of an active shooter incident to keep student and themselves safe. January 4-8, each campus will conduct at least one discussion forum led by NOVA Police and the campus Provost. January 7, during NOVA’s  Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference, a discussion forum will be held with NOVA’s Emergency Planning Director Will Flagler & NOVA’s Police Chief Cheryl Creed  on the topic, “How to Respond to a Violent Incident.”  That session will be at 1 pm in room CN 115. On January 6 from 1-3 pm a “Suicide Awareness” workshop will take place in room CN 219, also as part of the PUP conference. Additional sessions on how to better identify, prevent, and respond to behaviors of concern and emergency responses within the classroom and across the college are planned for later in the month. Please see the preliminary schedule below.

A final fact-report on the Woodbridge shooting and NOVA’s response is expected to be presented to Administrative Council in January. A presidential advisory commission will be appointed made up of representatives of the College Senate, Administrative Council and the College Board to review the findings of the report and to make recommendations regarding additional steps the college should take to enhance the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff. 

Emergency Preparedness, “First 20 Minutes”, Classroom Management, CARE Teams
January Workshops 
(Some rooms are yet to be finalized)

  1. Emergency preparedness (NOVA Alert, phone, shelter in place, locks, evacuation), Will Flagler
  • Thursday, January 7th (during PUP).
    1-1:45, How to Respond to a Violent Incident CN 115
  • Monday,  January 25th
    AL, 9-11, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes workshop, 196 AA (Bisdorf Building)
    MEC, 1-3 Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes, Rm 252
  • Thursday, January 28th
    LO, 9-11, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes
    MA, 1-3, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes, MC 226 (Colgan Theatre)
  • Saturday, January 30th
    AN, 9-11, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes workshop
    AN, 1-3, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes workshop
  1. First 20 Minutes – Responding to Emergencies, Cheryl Creed

    Thursday, January 7th(during PUP).
    1-1:45, How to Respond to a Violent Incident, CN 115
  • Monday,  January 25th
    AL, 9-11, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes workshop, 196 AA (Bisdorf Building)
    MEC, 1-3 Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes, Rm 252
  • Thursday, January 28th
    LO, 9-11, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes
    MA, 1-3, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes, MC 226 (Colgan Theatre)
  • Saturday, January 30th
    AN, 9-11, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes workshop
    AN, 1-3, Emergency preparedness and First 20 Minutes workshop
  1. CARE teams (form and function), Pat Lunt 
  • Monday, January 25th
    AN, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams
    WO, 1-3 Classroom management and CARE teams
  • Wednesday, January 27th
    MA, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams, MC 226 (Colgan Theatre)
    LO, 1-3, Classroom management and CARE teams
  • Thursday, January 28th
    MEC, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams, Rm 356
    AL, 1-3, Classroom management and CARE teams, 196 AA (Bisdorf Building)
  • Saturday, January 30th
    AN, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams
    AN, 1-3, Classroom management and CARE teams
  1. Violence prevention for faculty and staff, Marleen McCabe – sometime in February
  2. Classroom management, Nan Peck
  • Monday, January 25th
    AN, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams
    WO, 1-3 Classroom management and CARE teams
  • Wednesday, January 27th
    MA, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams, MC 226 (Colgan Theatre)
    LO, 1-3, Classroom management and CARE teams
  • Thursday, January 28th
    MEC, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams, Rm 356
    AL, 1-3, Classroom management and CARE teams, 196 AA (Bisdorf Building)
  • Saturday, January 30th
    AN, 9-11, Classroom management and CARE teams
    AN, 1-3, Classroom management and CARE teams
  1. Suicide awareness and prevention, Pat Lunt and Nan Peck
  • Wednesday, January 6th (during PUP)
    1-3, Suicide Awareness Workshop, CN 219

Update: 1:00 p.m. December 11, 2009

Woodbridge, VA (December 11, 2009) --The Woodbridge Campus has resumed to its normal schedule of classes after Tuesday’s shooting incident.  For students seeking further counseling, please contact the Dean of Students' Office on your campus.

Update: 10:30 a.m. December 10, 2009

Message to Students from President Robert G. Templin, Jr.

December 9, 2009

Dear NOVA Student:

By now you are aware of yesterday’s shooting incident at the Woodbridge Campus. Thankfully, no one was physically injured. Our NOVA Police responded immediately with great courage and professionalism during this situation. We are grateful for their quick action and that of the Prince William County Police to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. Several faculty and students also took smart and heroic action to protect the safety of their classmates and teachers. We are very proud of the Woodbridge Campus’ response in this crisis.

We expect Woodbridge Campus classes and other scheduled activities to resume on Thursday on a normal schedule. Psychological support services will be available at the Woodbridge Campus with crisis counseling from 8 am to 8 pm on Thursday and Friday of this week. Support services will also be available on Thursday at other campuses. Specific times and places will be announced later.

We cannot say when or where the next emergency might occur, but we can be prepared. Please take time now to make sure you are registered with NOVA Alert to receive emergency notices via your cell phone and email: http://alert.nvcc.edu. Remember to identify your campus location(s) so you receive campus-specific messages.

We also encourage you to review the safety and emergency plan for your campus:
http://www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/emergency/campus/index.html

Please know that NOVA takes the issue of emergency preparedness and safety very seriously. Please communicate with your campus’ Dean of Students if you have suggestions for improving our emergency planning.

Sincerely yours,

Bob Templin


Message to Faculty & Staff from President Robert G. Templin, Jr.

December 9, 2009

Dear NOVA Colleague,

By now you are aware of yesterday’s shooting incident at the Woodbridge Campus. Thankfully, no one was physically injured. Our NOVA Police responded immediately with great courage and professionalism during this situation. We are grateful for their quick action and that of the Prince William County Police to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. Several faculty and students also took smart and heroic action to protect the safety of their classes. We are very proud of the Woodbridge Campus’ response in this crisis.

The Woodbridge Campus will be closed all day and evening today. Students , faculty and staff who need to return to retrieve belongings left at the campus may do so via the lakeside patio entrance of the first floor of the Seefeldt Building between noon & 5 pm today. We expect Woodbridge Campus classes and other scheduled activities to resume on Thursday on a normal schedule. Psychological support services will be available for faculty, staff and students at the Woodbridge Campus with crisis counseling will be available from 8 am to 8 pm on Thursday and Friday of this week. Support services will also be available on Thursday at other campuses. Specific times and places will be announced later today. Anyone who needs immediate assistance should be referred to the Dean of Students at their campus.

Our emergency planning and practice paid off. We cannot say when or where the next emergency might occur, but we can be prepared. There are a couple of things that each NOVA employee can do to increase the chances you and others will be safe during an emergency:

  • Register with NOVA Alert to receive emergency notices via your cell phone. http://alert.nvcc.edu
  • Please remember to identify your campus location(s) so that campus-specific messages for that location get to you.
  • Keep a copy of the NOVA Emergency Contact Card with you. These were previously distributed, but a fresh supply will be available through Provosts’ offices by next week.

Please know that the college takes the issue of emergency preparedness and safety very seriously. Our emergency plans are developed, rehearsed, tested, and redeveloped on a continuing basis. We are so very thankful that no one at the Woodbridge Campus was physically harmed.

Bob

Update: 9:30 a.m. December 10, 2009

Classes Resume at Woodbridge Campus. Counseling Available on all Campuses.

Woodbridge, VA (December 10, 2009) – The Woodbridge Campus is open and classes have resumed today, December 10, 2009.

Counseling will be available for students, faculty and staff at all of the NOVA Campuses. We have arranged for crisis counselors to be available at the Woodbridge Campus on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For all other campuses, counseling services will be available on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For students who would like to speak to a counselor, please visit the Dean of Students' Office on your campus.

Update: 9:00 a.m. December 9, 2009

Woodbridge, VA (December 9, 2009) – The Woodbridge Campus is now closed all day and evening Wednesday, December 9, as a result of the shooting incident Tuesday afternoon. Students, faculty, and staff can come to the campus after noon on Wednesday to claim personal belongings.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. on December 8, 2009, the College was notified of a shooting incident that occurred at the Woodbridge Campus. As soon as the incident was reported to College Administration, NOVA took the immediate appropriate steps to notify students, faculty and staff through multimedia devices that included computer pop-up alerts, classroom phone calls, text messaging, website notification and social media.

There were no injuries reported from the incident. The incident is still under investigation and more information may be forthcoming. The suspect was apprehended by Prince William County Police and NOVA Campus police and remains in custody.

The Woodbridge Campus will be offering counseling services upon completion of the investigation. Please check our Web site for additional information and updates as they become available.

Update: 6:30 p.m. December 8, 2009

Woodbridge, VA (December 8, 2009)  At approximately 2:40 p.m. on December 8, 2009, the College was notified of a shooting incident that occurred at the Woodbridge Campus. As soon as the incident was reported, the College implemented its emergency procedures, including immediate notification of students, faculty and staff through multimedia devices that included computer pop-up alerts, classroom phone calls, text messaging, campus display screens, website notification and social media.

There were no injuries reported from the incident. The incident is still under investigation and more information may be forthcoming. The suspect was apprehended by Prince William County Police and NOVA Campus police and remains in custody.

The Woodbridge Campus will be closed until noon on Wednesday. Once the campus opens, we will be offering counseling services. Please check our Web site for additional information and updates as they become available.

Original Post December 8, 2009

Woodbridge, VA (December 8, 2009) There was a shooting incident at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) that occurred today at approximately 2:40 p.m. At this time, there are no injuries reported from the incident. The incident is under investigation and more information is forthcoming.

All Woodbridge classes will be cancelled, including NOVA classes being held at Freedom High School for the remainder of the evening.

For more information about students, faculty and staff, families should meet at the parking lot of Freedom High School.

Our goal is to ensure every possible measure is taken to guarantee the safety of our faculty, staff and students. We will keep the public informed regarding any new developments as soon as they occur.