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Emergency Preparedness

Campus Safety is Everyone's Responsibility: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

College safety officials would like to remind everyone that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priorities. Also paramount to preserving our infrastructure is establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of student-centered, high-quality education and community health and safety.

Public safety and security is everyone’s shared responsibility. We advise, “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.” Report suspicious activity as well as suspicious email messages or other messaging to Campus Police using the 5W’s:

  • Who did you see?
  • What did you see?
  • When did you see it?
  • Where did it occur?
  • Why is it suspicious?  

Report suspicious activity to Virginia Peninsula Police by dialing 9-1-1 from a campus phone or (757) 825-3511 from your cell phone.
 
Note: If you Dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone, your call will go to the 911 center nearest your location instead of Virginia Peninsula police.

For non-emergency reports, reach campus police at (757) 825-2732.

Aided by the Department of Homeland Security’s Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, the “See Something, Say Something” campaign has identified indicators of violent and/or terrorism-related suspicious activity.

This includes, but is not limited to:
 
Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.
 
Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
 
Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

Some of these activities could be innocent. It’s important to consider the context of the situation. It's then up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation.
 
We can all help keep our campuses and communities safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement or a person of authority. Maintaining a sense of situational awareness not only may prevent violent activity, it may reduce and/or prevent illegal activity, human trafficking and/or other nefarious behavior and/or activities.
 
The "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign respects citizens' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties by emphasizing behavior, rather than appearance, in identifying suspicious activity.
 
Factors such as race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious. The public should only report suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or package in a suspicious or unusual location, or someone attempting to access a restricted area).
 
Please remember, we are an educational institution, it is not unusual to see backpacks, satchels and other bags located around campus, these should be considered suspicious packages ONLY if they appear to emit or display suspicious items or are located in an unusual location where you would not expect to find a backpack, satchel, etc.