Media Contact: Lara Wade | firstname.lastname@example.org | 813-833-1498
NOVA Police Department received a call at 11:12am on Wednesday, June 26th regarding a suspicious package on the Loudoun campus located at 21200 Campus Dr. Sterling VA inside the Waddell building. College wide emergency notifications were sent via computer screen pop ups, emails and texts at 11:24 am. Subsequent notifications were issued at 11:58 am, 12:35 pm and 12:44 pm.
Approximately 700 students were enrolled for summer courses at the Loudoun campus. Out of an abundance of caution, all buildings on campus were evacuated. All classes and activities were cancelled for the remainder of the day.
NOVA Police, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The situation is now cleared and been declared as safe. The reported suspicious package was a science project that belonged to a NOVA student who placed the project inside a student newspaper vending machine and left the immediate area. It’s been determined that the package is not a threat. The incident is still under investigation; and it is being headed by the NOVA Police Department.
For further information regarding the situation, here are the designated points of contacts for each agency:
Director of Media Relations
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
Director of Strategic Communications
Northern Virginia Community College
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