Past Notices

Past Notices & Alerts

Sent on behalf of the Crisis Management Team by SMS and email to students and employees on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 7:24 p.m.

Subject: Weather Safety Notice / UVa-Wise Public Service Announcement: Wise County State of Emergency

Wise County officials have issued a state of emergency due to several roof collapses, stranded motorists and other weather-related concerns. City of Norton officials are asking people to avoid travel if possible. The rain and melting snow are also causing concerns in some areas. The Crisis Management Team at UVa-Wise is urging students and employees to avoid unnecessary travel as well until weather conditions improve. Please be mindful of your surroundings and be cautious as the heavy snow melts and freezes again as temperatures drop.

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Sent on behalf of the Office of Compliance & Conduct by email to students and employees on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.

Timely Warning Notice: Attempted Sexual Assault

A female student reported to UVa-Wise Campus Police that in the late evening hours of December 3, 2014 two male students attempted to sexually assault her in her on campus residence hall room and would not permit her to leave.

The report for these crimes was received at 4:00pm on December 6, 2014 to UVa-Wise Campus Police. At the time of the report, the two male students whereabouts were known and they did not represent any ongoing threat to community safety. The reporting student cooperated with the UVa-Wise Police Department, and warrants were obtained for the two suspects. The men were subsequently arrested and taken into custody by UVa-Wise Campus Police a short time thereafter.

Because one suspect has been released on bond, UVa-Wise is sending this alert to notify the campus community of what has been reported and the actions that have been taken by the UVa-Wise administration. Per UVa-Wise’s policy and procedures, the Title IX Coordinator will be investigating this complaint under the school’s administrative policy, separate and apart from any law enforcement investigation. These investigations are prompt, equitable with regard to all students’ rights, and allow the institution to respond to complaints of sexual assault, which is a form of sex-based discrimination under Title IX.

As always, UVa-Wise is committed to maintaining a respectful and professional academic, living, and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors and takes reports of all crimes seriously. Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault and we offer the following myths and facts about sexual assault in an attempt to raise awareness about this serious offense and to allow persons to take precautions with regard to their safety.

MYTH: Women lie about being raped to protect their reputations, or to get revenge on a guy.
FACT:
 According to the FBI, the incidence of false reporting is only 2%, the same as for other felonies.  Sexual assaults are investigated just like any other crime. It is far more likely that rape is under-reported and in fact, some studies estimate that only 40% of rapes are reported. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

MYTH: When someone says that they are not interested in sex, or doesn’t respond to their partner’s sexual advances, they just need to be persuaded to have sex.

FACT: Sex without consent is sexual assault. A person can withdraw their consent at any time. Not responding to sexual advances is not consent. A “no” in any form, must be respected and listened to. Consent is actual words or conduct indicating a freely given agreement to engage in sexual activity. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

A few safety tips:

Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.

Avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.

Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.

Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.

Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.

Be true to yourself. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-3756 or 911. If you would like more information with regard to UVa-Wise’s administrative policies and procedures that apply to cases of sexual harassment to include sexual assault, access the policy here http://www.uvawise.edu/uva-wise/administration-services/compliance/ You may contact the Title IX Coordinator, Tabitha Smith at 276-328-0131 or 276-870-5065.

 


 

Sent by sms and email to students and employees on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

A message from UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE

ALL CLEAR: This concludes the Earthquake Exercise. ALL CLEAR

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Sent by sms and email to students and employees on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.

A message from UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE

TEST: Earthquake in Wise, aftershocks possible.  Drop, cover, hold-on.  See www.uvawise.edu for more information.  THIS IS ONLY A TEST

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Sent by email to students and employees on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Sent on behalf of the Crisis Management Team:

UVa-Wise will participate in an earthquake drill today, Nov. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. We encourage everyone to take a moment to visit the College website for information on what to do during various emergencies. The link is http://www.uvawise.edu/uva-wise/administration-services/emergency-preparedness/emergency-procedures/

We will use the campus siren and the Blackboard Connect text alert system during the drill. You will receive an all clear announcement once the drill has concluded.

When the test warning is heard, we ask people to move to a safe area, such as a basement, bathroom or closet on the lowest level of a building.

During the drill, people should go immediately to the lowest level of their building and move to a windowless interior room, hallway, or closet space, taking a “drop, cover, and hold” position. This means crouching as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and covering heads with hands.

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Sent by email to students and employees on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Subject:  Earthquake Drill

Sent on behalf of the Crisis Management Team:

UVa-Wise will participate in an earthquake drill on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. We encourage everyone to take a moment to visit the College website for information on what to do during various emergencies. The link is http://www.uvawise.edu/uva-wise/administration-services/emergency-preparedness/emergency-procedures/

We will use the campus siren and the Blackboard Connect text alert system during the drill. You will receive an all clear announcement once the drill has concluded.

When the test warning is heard, we ask people to move to a safe area, such as a basement, bathroom or closet on the lowest level of a building.

During the drill, people should go immediately to the lowest level of their building and move to a windowless interior room, hallway, or closet space, taking a “drop, cover, and hold” position. This means crouching as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and covering heads with hands.

Sent by email to students and employees on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.

Timely Warning of Vehicle Vandalism

Several reports of vandalism to vehicles have been made to law enforcement in the town of Wise and to campus police since Sunday, Nov. 2. Specifically, windows have been broken in at least two vehicles in the downtown area and one window was broken in a vehicle parked near Martha Randolph Hall on campus. The on campus vandalism occurred on Nov. 4 between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. The investigation is ongoing.

While vehicle vandalism is not common on campus, UVa-Wise Campus Police would like to point out some tips to follow to curb similar incidents.

Park in areas with good lighting when possible

Keep your vehicle secure by locking doors and keeping windows closed

Keep any belongings left in vehicles out of sight

Be aware of your surroundings as you leave your vehicle or enter your vehicle

As always, report any vandalism to UVa-Wise Campus Police at 276-328-0190 or 276-328-2677, or after 5 p.m., call 276-328-3756.

Sent by email to students and employees on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

Sent on behalf of the Office of the Chancellor

UVa-Wise, as does many colleges and universities, offers study abroad opportunities for students. UVa-Wise and other higher education institutions continue to monitor the Ebola situation domestically and internationally.

The risk to our campus is small, but in order to keep safety at the forefront of our campus, UVa-Wise is issuing the following measures.

Any student who feels ill and is concerned that they have been exposed to Ebola are to take the following steps.

  1. Immediately call our campus health officials 276-328-0193 in Cantrell Hall and let them know you are concerned you were exposed to Ebola.
  2. Stay in an enclosed area.  Do not leave until you are told to do so by campus health officials.

Any faculty, staff member or student who live away from campus and think they may have been exposed to Ebola should take the following steps.

  1. Students should immediately contact their personal health care provider or the state health department for guidance.  Staff and faculty should contact their personal health care provider or the state health department. Additional information from the Virginia Health Department can be found at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/
  2. Contact UVa-Wise Health Services to notify the College of your possible exposure 276-328-0193.
  3. Remain off campus for at least 21 days unless public health officials determine you were not exposed and are not at risk.

Any travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is strong discouraged.  The CDC continues a Level 3 warning for those countries and states that non-essential travel is to be avoided.

Students, faculty and staff who travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea and have not been exposed to Ebola should notify Campus Health before returning to campus.

UVa-Wise will follow the CDC guidelines in monitoring student, faculty and staff health for 21 days after leaving one of these countries.  For more information:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/ebola-liberia.

For current information on Ebola, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebol/index.html