Emergency Preparedness | Thomas Nelson Community College

Emergency Preparedness

Public access to Thomas Nelson offices on campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg remains restricted. The College's telework environment will continue until further notice. Student services and classes are available online.

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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 Thomas Nelson 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 Thomas Nelson 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.


Thomas Nelson Community College campuses and off-site facilities will be closed Monday, Aug. 3 beginning at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7 a.m., due to anticipated inclement weather from Tropical Storm Isaias.  Essential personnel should report as communicated by your supervisor. 

April 1, 2020 – In continuing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Thomas Nelson is stringently following state and local guidance to ensure the wellbeing of our community.

March 25, 2020 - Thomas Nelson continues to follow the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 and state and local guidance to mitigate community spread. Our priority remains the overall wellbeing of the Thomas Nelson community.

March 16, 2020 - As Thomas Nelson continues to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 to the College community, and following state and local guidance to mitigate community spread, the College is taking the following measures effective Tuesday, March 17:

March 12, 2020 - At Thomas Nelson, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and community is our highest priority.

March 11, 2020 - I hope you are enjoying your spring break. We wanted to take a moment of your time to provide you with a brief update regarding COVID-19, and Thomas Nelson’s preparedness and mitigation efforts.

March 5, 2020 - Since our last College-wide communication on February 27, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases nation-wide continues to increase. We are not aware of any cases in Virginia at this time.

February 27, 2020 - Thomas Nelson officials are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus termed “2019-nCoV.”  First detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, it continues to expand in many areas of the world, including the Un

February 2, 2020 - Thomas Nelson officials are closely monitoring information regarding the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”).  The direct risk coronavirus poses to the College remains low; however, this remains a dynamic and evolving pu