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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

Texting and Driving
This training, held in conjunction with the Virginia State Police discusses the dangers of and laws against texting while driving.  Attendees are given a chance to experience the effects of this activity while driving a golf card while simulating impairment.

In 2015, this training was announced college-wide and presented 7 times at the College's six campuses over the course of the year.
In 2016, this training was presented once.
In 2017, this training was presented twice on two campuses.
In 2018, this class was not provided.  

National Night Out
This event, held nation-wide every August brings together communities and public service professionals, including law enforcement, fire/rescue, etc.  In August 2015, NOVA officers from two campuses joined other officers in visiting residents at various community locations and providing safety briefings and materials to attendees.

This event is conducted annually in August.  Officers from 2 NOVA campuses interacted with hundreds of area citizens, including children.
In 2015, this event occurred in three separate jurisdictions.
In 2016, Officers participated in two jurisdictions.
In 2017, Officers participated in two jurisdictions.
In 2018, Officers participated in two jurisdictions. 


Staying Safe in the Classroom
Did you know real or perceived problems with teachers are associated with 43% of active shooter incidents on college campuses? This training, incorporating the principles of Verbal Judo discusses how to avoid distractions from the non-verbal cues, cultural, and generational differences that can lead to misunderstanding and even conflict.  Professors are shown mechanisms to diffuse toxic situations.

In 2014, this training was announced college-wide and presented at the College's six campuses over the course of the year.
In 2015, this training was presented twice.
In 2016, this presentation was conducted three times.
In 2017, this presentation was conducted twice on two campuses.
In 2018, this presentation was conducted eight times on six campuses.

Ten Things Adjuncts and Other Faculty Need to Know about Campus Security
This training identifies to adjunct professors key safety and security obligations, procedures, equipment (panic dialers, emergency call boxes), police services, and adjunct responsibilities (e.g., Clery, Title IX).  Separate outreach is made to adjunct professors, whose training and meeting sessions do not occur with those of full-time faculty.  
 
In 2015, this training was presented once.
In 2016, this training was presented three times.
In 2017, this was presented three times on three campuses.
In 2018, this was presented two times on two campuses.


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, how to stay safe on campus, where to find crime data, how to contact the police in order to report crimes, request services, file a complaint and more.
 
Over 60 of these events, held at all campuses, were conducted in 2014.
42 of these events, held at all campuses, were conducted in 2015.
8 of these events, held at all campuses, were conducted in 2016.
13 of these events, held at four campuses were conducted in 2017.
23 of these events, held at four campuses were conducted in 2018.

 
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, and 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. The College's safety video was updated in 2018. 
 
Crimes Against Women/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. Although this specific training was not offered in 2017, the material was covered in Safety on Campus and Staying Safe on the Street.
 
In 2014, 13 events were conducted at all NOVA campuses.
In 2015, 21 events were conducted at all NOVA campuses.
In 2016, 2 events were conducted.
This class was not provided in 2017.
In 2018, 10 events were conducted at five NOVA campuses. 

 
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.
 
In 2014 this training was presented 17 times at the College's six campuses over the course of the year.
In 2015 this training was conducted once.
In 2016 this training was conducted 6 times.
In 2017, this training was conducted 12 times on six campuses.
This training was not offered in 2018 in campus. it was offered in conjunction with situational awareness training, at several non-campus locations to the general community. 
 
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.
 
In 2014, this training was presented at each of the College's six campuses over the course of a month. In all, 19 presentations were made.
In 2015 this training was presented 30 times.
In 2016 this training was presented 12 times.
In 2017, this training was offered 24 times on five campuses.
In 2018, this training was offered 26 times on five campuses
 
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 2014 at two NOVA campuses.
This event was conducted once in 2015.
This event was conducted twice in 2016 at two NOVA campuses.
This event was conducted twice in 2017 at two NOVA campuses.
This event was conducted three times in 2018 at two NOVA campuses.
 
Substance Abuse and DUI/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. Although this specific training was not offered in 2017, the material was covered in Safety on Campus and Staying Safe on the Street.
 
In 2014, this training was offered at all campuses.  A total of 9 presentations were made.
In 2015 this training was offered once.
In 2016 this training was offered twice.
This training was not offered in 2017.
This training was offered six times at all six campuses in 2018. 
 
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. Although this specific training was not offered in 2017, the material was covered in Staying Safe on the Street.
 
This training was not offered during 2014.
This training was not offered during 2015.
This training was offered once in 2016.
This training was not offered in 2017.
This training was not offered in 2018. 
 
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 service was provided 7 times at 3 campuses in 2014.
This service was provided 2 times in 2015.
This service was not offered in 2016.
This service was provided 5 times at 2 campuses in 2017.  
This service was not requested in 2018 from any members of the campus community though it was widely advertised. 
 
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 was not held in 2014.
This event was held two times in 2015.
This event was held two times in 2016.
This event was held one time in 2017.
This event was held one time in 2018.

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 made a part of Substance Abuse and DUI/Alcohol Awareness training (see above) and is no longer tracked separately.

In 2014, this training was offered 9 times at all campuses.
In 2015, this training was offered 3 times.
This training was not offered in 2017.

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 four of the College's six campuses during 2014.  A total of 15 presentations were made.  In some of these presentations, NOVA members from other campuses attended.
This training was presented 3 times in 2015.
This training was presented 10 times in 2016.
This training was presented 12 times on six campuses in 2017.
This training was presented six times on four campuses in 2018 and at various off-campus community sites. 

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.

In 2014, this training was offered at each campus a total of 8 times.
In 2015, this training was not offered.
In 2016, this training was not offered.
This training was not offered in 2017 or 2018.

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
In 2014, this training was offered at 4 campuses during the year.
In 2015, this training was offered 2 times.
This training was not offered in-person in 2017 but material was available as an on-line training.
This training was offered one time at one campus in 2018. It remains available online. it is also included in the LiveSafe Mobile Safety app distributed free of charge to NOVA community members.  

Safety on Campus Training
This training teaches NOVA community members situational awareness, how to avoid dangerous situations, police services and safety resources and how to obtain them.

In 2014, this training was offered 14 times during the year at all campuses.
In 2015, this training was offered 47 times during the year at all campuses.
In 2016, this training was offered 16 times during the year at all campuses.  
In 2017, this training was offered 12 times during the year on four campuses.
In 2018, this training was offered 12 times at four campuses.

Meet the NOVA Police
People's perception of College Police Officers vary. This presentation allows NOVA's students, faculty and staff to be educated on who the NOVA Police are, the training they have received, how they can be contacted, the services they provide, and the many resources NOVA provides to victims of crimes.

In 2017, this training was offered 9 times on three different campuses.
In 2018, this training was offered 13 times on five campuses.

Staying Safe on the Street
Everyone should feel safe and happy on the street, whether you are hanging out, or going somewhere. Some places, time of day and people can make the street feel less safe, or could be a risk to your safety and wellbeing. This presentation shares some simple ways of avoiding and dealing with some of the risk that may be faced on the street.

In 2017, this presentation was conducted twice on two campuses.
In 2018, this training was integrated into Situational Awareness and Self-Defense Considerations. 

LiveSafe
LiveSafe is a free mobile safety app that NOVA promotes for improved communications between the NOVA community and its Police. This presentation informs how to download the app and how to use it to its fullest potential in order to keep the NOVA community safe.

This topic is covered in every NOVA Police presentation.

Staying Safe in the Classroom (new in 2018)
This training incorporates elements of Dealing with Difficult People with training on non-verbal communications and the potential impact of age, culture and stress. It explores how these variations can cause conflicts and identifies more than 10 means of avoiding conflict or de-escalating that which may occur. 

This topic was covered eight times on 6 campuses. 

Staying Safe Using Uber and Lyft  (new in 2018)
These new means of transportation are increasingly popular. This training identifies means of staying safe while using them. 

This training was offered five times on 5 campuses. 

Human Trafficking (new in 2018)
Human trafficking is an insidious crime whose presence is rapidly expanding. This training identifies how traffickers operate, how victims become ensnared, how to identify victims, and what to do if one encounters someone suspected of being a victim. 

In 2018, this topic was presented seven times on 5 campuses. NOVA Police also participated in a campus forum on this topic.  

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Police (but were afraid to ask) (new in 2018)
In an effort to present the human side of police to the campus community, the NOVA Police created this training which explores how one becomes a law enforcement officer, effects on family, risks faced and their results on officer safety perspectives, and even how to increase one's chances of getting out of a ticket! 

This topic was covered seven times on 6 campuses. 

Safe Passage Home (SPH) (new in 2018)
This training builds on the training immediately above, but uses simulated traffic stops to explain how and why police do the things they do. It also addresses the issue of the lack of police role in immigrant enforcement. This topic is of particular interest to the College's large international student population. It provides opportunities for citizens to question police and share their own experiences with interactions with officers. 

This training was offered four times on 3 campuses. 

Miscellaneous
In addition to the above, during 2017-2018 the Police Department participated in and presented briefings at numerous college and community venues. College events include classroom lectures and the presentation to clubs on various aspects of policing: presentations on Police in Society, Technology and Policing, Police Interrogations, Excellence in Customer Service, Police Contributions to Campus Wellness, and Writing Police Reports; campus events including a community shred, Trunk or Treat, serving as social host for 2 international students, participating in MLK Day, several tabling events, and a Student Success Conference. Community events included presentations on Active Shooter Response, Dealing with Difficult People, Situational Awareness, Everything You Ever Wanted to KNow About the Police But Were Afraid to Ask, and Self-Defense Considerations. NOVA PD also participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run, Presidential Inauguration, elementary/middle schools career days, and presented multiple briefings  at the national campus safety conferences, local corporations and police academies. In addition, the NOVA Police published newsletters on topics such as Opioid addiction, drunk driving/DUI, Drug take-back with DEA, and sexual assault awareness. NOVA officers also contributed numerous articles on various aspects of college policing (e.g., active shooter response, improving the police "brand", and the subject of community policing) to Campus Safety magazine.

Training by the Office of Emergency Management

Compliance Material
To comply with OSHA requirements, The Office of Emergency Management and Safety (OEMS) develops and maintains NOVA’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for all employees. The EAP provides faculty and staff with needed information in case of an emergency, providing details on who to contact in the event of an emergency and the procedures to follow for a variety of incidents. It is important for faculty and staff to read this plan and understand the procedures. Additionally, OEMS develops portions of the New Employee Orientation concerning emergency response, with additional training available upon request.

All Hazards Training
All Hazards Training helps faculty and staff reinforce the concept that their response or reaction to most types of incidents will be very similar. Training follows the all-hazards approach and aims to include several types of threats to generate a balanced overview. The training includes response to:

  • Fire
  • Violent Incident
  • Suspicious Person/Object
  • Hazardous Material
  • Tornado
  • Earthquake
  • Bomb Threat
  • Power Failure

This training is available in NOVA Academy and is offered as an instructor-led deliverable upon request.

Admin/Campus level Emergency Response
College administrators and campus leadership are instructed and exercised in emergency response using College emergency plans, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) model.
This training is offered as an instructor-led deliverable at each main campus and for the Administrative Council.

Warden Training
OSHA 1910.38e specifically requires the training of employees to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees. This training is supportive of the OSHA requirement.  It is available in NOVA Academy and is offered as an instructor-led deliverable upon request.

Warden Radio Training
This training prepares Wardens for using the warden radio system managed by OEMS during emergencies and planned events. This training is available in NOVA Academy and is offered as an instructor-led deliverable upon request.

Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-Cert) Training
The Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) Program educates employees about disaster preparedness and response skills for hazards that may impact their workplace or community. 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, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. C-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-led course and is offered annually.

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
NOVA's Clery Training

NOVA Clery training takes half an hour or less to complete. Topics include NOVA Clery policy and forms, geography, crimes, timely warnings and emergency notifications. Everyone is encouraged to take the training to learn about their possible individual NOVA Clery requirements and the College’s Clery responsibilities. The training is available to everyone.

Training by Title IX Office

Title IX Training 

The Title IX Office provides programming to employees and students concerning sex-based discrimination, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and other forms of prohibited sex-based misconduct conduct. In furtherance of creating a responsive and respectful work and academic environment, employees are informed of their reporting obligations in the event of a student disclosure/report. Moreover, participants are informed of NOVA's Sexual Misconduct Policy which includes information pertaining to reporting options, and the office's responsibilities for assessing, investigating and resolving sexual misconduct reports. Through the "Get Help, Get Educated, Get Involved" campaign, the Title IX Office seeks to educate the community on available administrative and resource options in response to reported sexual misconduct with the potential to negatively impact NOVA's work and/or educational environment. 

For additional information or to request programming for a particular NOVA department or organization, please contact titleix@nvcc.edu or 703.323.2262.  

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