TNCC Ramps Up Campus Safety Guidelines


Published: February 20, 2012

In compliance with Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment Policy guidelines from the State Board for Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) enhanced procedures to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and others on TNCC campuses and at TNCC-affiliated special events, professional functions and in state vehicles.

The State Board established guidelines for Virginia’s 23 community colleges to develop workplace and general campus violence prevention plans. Among guidelines is the formation of campus threat assessment teams and the promotion and maintenance of a productive environment for learning and working that is free from threats, intimidation and violence. An excerpt from APM 12.10  states the following conduct is prohibited at Thomas Nelson:

  • Inflicting physical injury;
  • Engaging in behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to self or another person;
  • Engaging in behavior that would subject a reasonable person to, and does subject another individual to, extreme emotional distress;
  • Possessing, brandishing, or using a weapon while on state premises by students (except where possession is a result of participation in an organized and scheduled instructional exercise for a course);
  • Possessing, brandishing, or using a firearm, weapon, or other device by faculty or staff that is not required by the individual’s position while on College/VCCS property or engaged in College/VCCS business, or in violation of law or other College/System Office policy, except where the employee is a law enforcement professional;
  • Brandishing, using or possessing a weapon without a permit to carry a concealed weapon by third parties while on campus grounds or facilities; or while attending a sporting, entertainment, or education event, when specifically asked by the College to agree not to possess a weapon as a condition of attendance. This provision does not apply to law enforcement personnel.
  • Brandishing or using a weapon by third parties with a permit to carry a concealed weapon while on campus in academic or administrative buildings, or while attending a sporting, entertainment or educational event, when specifically asked by the College to agree not to possess a weapon as a condition of attendance. This provision does not apply to law enforcement;
  • Damaging property intentionally;
  • Threatening to injure an individual (including one’s self) or to damage property;
  • Committing injurious acts motivated by, or related to, domestic violence or sexual harassment; and
  • Retaliating against any employee or student who, in good faith, reports a violation of this policy.

For more information about Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment Policy guidelines at Thomas Nelson, contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 825-2717.

 



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