Threat Assessment Team


Thomas Nelson Community College wishes to provide a safe environment for all who study, visit and work at any campus. To that end, there may be some time when you feel the need to report behaviors that concern you. In the event issues arise that warrant concern for the safety of our faculty, staff or students, policies are in place for addressing disruptive, suspicious, or unusual behavior. In particular, these policies function to provide direction in handling homicidal, suicidal, assault or self-injurious threats and behavior.

The Thomas Nelson Community College Threat Assessment Team was established to provide guidance, uphold policies and address student, faculty, and staff safety needs. The members of this team consist of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief of Police, Human Resources Manager, safety officer, student counseling staff, and VCCS General Counsel when needed. The Threat Assessment Team may involve other college representatives depending on the nature of the concern addressed.

There has been a growing concern for safety issues on the sites and campuses of Thomas Nelson Community College. As a result, the College has implemented a Threat Assessment Team (TAT). The Threat Assessment Team is charged with addressing all reported behavioral or safety issues which occur on a Thomas Nelson campus, off-site location or electronic site, including e-mail, blogs, and BlackBoard postings. The Threat Assessment Team will ensure every referral is addressed.


Mission Statement

The Threat Assessment Team and Violence Prevention Committee are committed to improving community safety through proactive, collaborative, coordinated, objective, and thoughtful approaches to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the safety, security, and well-being of the campus community.

Purpose of the Threat Assessment Team

Preserving the safety and security of our students and employees are top priorities for Thomas Nelson Community College and one that requires vigilance, communication, and coordination. To facilitate collaboration among the many individuals whose actions and efforts affect our collective security, Thomas Nelson Community College has established the Threat Assessment Team.

Purpose of the Violence Prevention Committee

The Violence Prevention Committee adopts as its mission the establishment of educational and prevention programs and the determination of policies and procedures to secure the well-being and safety of our students, employees, and neighbors.


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The Threat Assessment Team protocol was established to provide clear parameters regarding campus incidents that warrant attention. There are three key categories:

  1. Self-injurious behavior (i.e., suicidal ideation/attempt, cutting behavior, dangerous alcohol/substance consumption, etc.)
  2. Disruptive behavior that violates campus community safety (i.e., homicidal threats, stalking, assault, cyber bullying, carrying weapons, etc.)
  3. Unusual behavior (i.e., changes in personality, depressive symptoms, shifts in mood, unexplained irritability and/or lethargy, hopelessness, etc.)

Once an incident is reported to the Threat Assessment Team, members of the Committee determine the appropriate steps to address the situation. This process is based on the severity of the concern, the ability of the person in question to engage in the resolution, and the situation.

Student, faculty or staff members who violate any of the above protocols may be removed, temporarily or permanently, from the College for campus safety and student concerns. In situations of elevated concern for campus safety, the student, faculty or staff member may be asked not to return to campus until certain criteria are met.

  • What type of behavior warrants a referral?
  • Any self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, erratic behavior that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the daily operations of the College and activities, or behaviors that might compromise safety should be referred. When in doubt, make the referral.
  • What do I do if I know an individual who may need to be referred to the Threat Assessment Team?
  • If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial ext. 3511 or call Thomas Nelson Community College Police at 757-825-2732 (Hampton) or (Williamsburg); if it is after hours call 757-879-3649 (Hampton) or 757-508-3449 (Williamsburg). If you are making a referral online, go to the bottom of this page and click on “Submit an Incident Report.” You will be asked for basic information about the individual, how the TAT can contact you, and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
  • Who can make a Threat Assessment Team referral?
  • Anyone who feels an individual associated with Thomas Nelson is a threat to himself/herself and/or the College community can make a referral.
  • What happens after I make a referral?
  • The Threat Assessment Team members will take the information provided and make a decision regarding appropriate action.
  • How do I know if it is a Threat Assessment Team issue or if it is more appropriately handled by another campus resource?
  • You do not have to make this determination. If another campus resource is more appropriate, the Threat Assessment Team will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.

If you have reason to believe that a person at a Thomas Nelson facility may represent a potential threat to others or to himself/herself, please complete a Threat Assessment Team Incident Report or contact the Police Department. If the danger is immediate, make sure you place yourself out of harm’s way; then call 3511 (if using a campus phone) to contact TNCC Department of Police and Security Services.

Contact Information

Hampton Campus
757-825-2732
757-825-3511 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: Diggs Hall – room 153

Williamsburg Campus
757-825-2732
757-508-3449 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: HT 1st floor Photo Office
Police Office – 2nd floor (RM200)

Nursing Facility (91 East Mercury)
757-825-2732
757-825-3511 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: Diggs Hall – room 153

Southeast Higher Education Center
757-825-2732
757-825-3511 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: Hallway closest to the Administrative Officers

In the event that a person is seen on College property with a gun or is actively firing a weapon, the following action plan is recommended:

  • If possible, lock yourself in the room you are in.
  • If communication is available, call 3511 Campus Police and Security Services.
  • Don’t stay in the open hallway.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants in the other rooms to evacuate the building and, thus, place them in potential harm as they attempt to exit.
  • Barricade yourself in a room with furniture or anything you can push up against the door.
  • Protect yourself with any available barriers, such as concrete walls, desks or tables.
  • Lock windows and close blinds.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Turn off all lights and audio equipment.
  • Turn cell phones and pagers to silent mode.
  • Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.
  • If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge, seek the closest available shelter.

Note: The previous information cannot cover every possible situation that might occur. If there is gunfire or explosives are discharged, you should take cover immediately. After the disturbance, seek emergency treatment if necessary.

Contact Information

Hampton Campus
757-825-2732
757-825-3511 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: Diggs Hall – room 153

Williamsburg Campus
757-825-2732
757-508-3449 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: HT 1st floor Photo Office
Police Office – 2nd floor (RM200)

Nursing Facility (91E Mercury)
757-825-2732
757-825-3511 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: Diggs Hall – room 153

Southeast Higher Education Center
757-825-2732
757-825-3511 (emergency number)
757-879-3649 (after hours cell)
Desk locations: Hallway closest to the Administrative Officers

Several resources are available for you to get additional information and/or support. If you have questions for the Threat Assessment Team, contact us at tncctat@tncc.edu.

The following is list of national, regional and local resources. These are provided for guidance to you only, and you should make your own determination as to which of these, if any, are most appropriate to your situation. Thomas Nelson Community College makes no representation or warranty as to these services.

Employee Resources

Brochure Resources

National Resources

Regional Resources

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
    1220 Bank Street
    Richmond, VA 23219
    804.786.3921
    www.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov
  • Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project
    Virginia Center for School Safety
    c/o Department of Criminal Justice Services
    Attn: YADAPP
    202 North Ninth Street, 10th Floor
    Richmond, Virginia 23219

Local Resources

  • Behavioral Neuropsychiatric
    1745 Camelot Dr # 200
    Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    757.481.6000
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
    5361-A Virginia Beach Boulevard
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    757.456.2366
    www.cceva.org
  • Chesapeake Community Services Board
    224 Great Bridge Blvd.
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
    757.547.9334
    www.chesapeakecsb.net
  • Christian Psychotherapy Services
    281 Independence Blvd.
    Suite 326
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    757.490.0377
    www.christianpsychotherapy.com
  • Coastal Counseling Center
    1417 Battlefield Blvd N # 370
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    757.436.0605
    www.coastalcounselingcenter.com
  • Eden Counseling Center/Eden Family Institute
    6330 Newtown Rd.
    Suite 509
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    757.466.3336
    www.edencounseling.com
  • Hampton and Newport News Community Services Board
    300 Medical Drive
    Hampton, Virginia 23666
    757.788.0300
    www.hnncsb.org
  • Jewish Family Service of Tidewater
    260 Grayson Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    757.459.4640
    www.jfshamptonroads.org
  • Norfolk Community Services Board
    225 W. Olney Road
    Norfolk, Virginia 23510
    757.823.1600
    www.norfolkcsb.org