In the wake of a threat that prompted a heightened presence by Thomas Nelson Police and its law enforcement partners from Hampton and Virginia State police on Wednesday, July 11, Thomas Nelson officials encourage all students, College personnel and friends of the College to sign up for e2Campus to receive emergency alerts.
While police determined on Thursday, July 12 that there is no imminent threat to the College, officials want to ensure that campus safety alerts reach all segments of the Thomas Nelson community.
Used by college and university campuses nationwide, e2Campus is a universal notification system that allows safety officials to send time-sensitive messages to the mobile phones and emails of their subscribers (students, faculty, staff, radio stations, TV stations and others). In the event of an emergency, subscribers can get notified immediately of the situation, wherever they are geographically. Message and data rates may apply.
The sign up for e2Campus link goes to a registration form whereby a subscriber creates an account. Complete all of the fields in the form and be sure to select the correct cell phone service provider from the drop-down menu named select carrier. From the field named Opt out date, subscribers can also select an end date for the service. A subscriber can also select the email only option.
Once the registration form is complete, the new subscriber will receive an email or text that requests validation of the new account. The new account becomes active only when the subscriber has completed all account validation prompts.
A product of Omnilert, the e2Campus program was conceived in 2003. The web-based notification system was inspired by an article about 19-year-old Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered in April 1986 in a Lehigh University residence hall. The article indicated that this tragedy may have been prevented if the student had been informed that a crime was happening on campus with a suspect on the loose.
Named in Clery’s memory as a result of her family’s vigorous efforts, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities that accept financial aid to disclose campus safety information. The law was updated after the mass shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech and now also requires campuses to issue immediate notifications about any emergency situation that is a threat to the health or safety of students and employees.
In fall 2004, Anne Arundel Community College launched e2Campus becoming the first campus in North America to use a mass emergency notification system. Thomas Nelson employed the system in early 2000s as part of its commitment to maintaining a safe learning and working environment.
Thomas Nelson officials urge all if you see something, say something and report suspicious activity to Thomas Nelson police or call 911. The College offers tools for reporting suspicious behavior. The Report an Incident button located on the College's website at the bottom of each page allows confidential reporting of any incident and affords urgent attention.
Thomas Nelson Police are available to address questions and concerns about campus safety and security. Contact the department at 825-2732, or for immediate emergency assistance, dial 911.