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The mission of the NOVA's College Threat Assessment Team is to assess potentially threatening behaviors, including communication, and provide steps to mitigate risk when an individual may pose a threat to self or others within the NOVA Community.

Threat Assessment Team Members and Their Roles

Chair of Threat Assessment Team: Provides leadership to the Threat Assessment Team, guides case discussion and communicates consistently with NOVA officials about the threat assessment process. In addition, assists in managing cases, creating and updating relevant college policies and offers training opportunities to college groups. The current Chair is the Director of the NOVACares Office.

Chief of Police: Provides advice and assistance from a law enforcement perspective and advises the team what the police can and cannot do in any given situation. Manages the investigative units and serves as the primary case agent for threat assessment cases that involve potential criminal behavior. Where appropriate, the NOVA police chief will also provide security in situations of violence, to include emergency notifications and contribute his/her expertise to the risk assessment process. This position allows for centralized fact gathering and consistent communication with members of the NOVA community involving potential criminal behavior.

Associate Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management: Provides oversight to the NOVACares Office, including the Threat Assessment Team and NOVACares. The AVP is the primary liaison with the Dean of Students, Provosts and other college administrators. The AVP also serves as a student advocate and works to ensure that students are receiving the resources they need to be successful.

Legal Representative: Ensures that all relevant NOVA policies and procedures, state and federal laws and regulations are duly discussed and observed in the course of investigations, TAT deliberations, recommendations and interventions. When necessary, this position also serves as liaison with outside legal counsel and the Office of the Virginia Attorney General. The Representative ensures that all team decisions fall within legal guidelines, offers a broad perspective on cases, and considers the wider implications of possible decisions.

Mental Health Case Manager: Advises the team on all relevant psychological and behavioral signs, symptoms and risk factors for actual or potential violence. Also assists in threat assessment investigations and deliberations, and interpreting psychological assessments conducted by outside providers. The Case Manager does not provide psychological counseling or medical evaluation, but may provide the team with a clinical perspective in determining a course of action.

Human Resources Representative: This role or designee’s role is to keep the threat assessment team cognizant and compliant with Virginia labor policies and procedures and employee related legal issues; to investigate relevant employment history and to ensure that disciplinary and other recommended actions are handled appropriately. Also, ensures that employees are offered the services they may need. This role is important to the team because Human Resources can interact with employees and supervisors and assist in facilitating solutions for issues that may arise.

NOVACares Program Manager: Provides support to the Threat Assessment Team by recording case information, organizing team meetings and trainings, managing case data and providing outreach presentations. The program manager also works toward addressing gaps in processes and creating ways for the threat assessment process to run more efficiently.

Title IX Representative: Provides insight on cases from the Title IX perspective. Title IX is a federal regulation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission and employment.

If you feel that a threat exists contact NOVA Police, TAT Chair and/or submit a NOVACares report.

View the Virginia Model Policy for Student Threat Assessment