Past Notices

Past Notices & Alerts

TIMELY WARNING:  DATING VIOLENCE

Message sent on behalf of The Office of Compliance & Conduct by email to students and employees on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 10:02 a.m.

The UVa-Wise Campus Police Department has received a report of dating violence involving two students in a campus residence hall room on April 29, 2015.  The College has taken immediate measures to protect the safety of the complainant and is investigating the incident in accordance with Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act, separate and apart from any law enforcement investigation.

UVa-Wise shares this information to protect members of the College community by promoting safety, to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes, and to raise awareness of how to seek prompt assistance should a crime occur, in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Below are some awareness and education tips that should be noted.  This information is general in nature and does not necessarily relate to any specific incident.

  • Respect yourself. Respect others.
  • Believe someone who discloses abusive behavior.
  • Trust your instincts. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem ok, say something.
  • Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like he or she could be in trouble or needs help, ask if he or she is ok.
  • If someone is yelling at or being physically abusive towards you or someone else, resulting in immediate danger where it is not safe to interrupt, dial 911.

As always, make any report to UVa-Wise Campus Police at 276-328-0190 or 276-328-2677 during regular business hours; or after 5 p.m., call 276-328-3756 or 911.

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TIMELY WARNING:  BURGLARIES

Message sent on Behalf of The Office of Compliance & Conduct by email to students and employees on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.

The UVa-Wise Campus Police Department has received reports of two burglaries in a campus residence hall room.  The reports indicate that items were determined to be missing from the room on April 20 and again on April 21, 2015.  The Campus Police investigation is ongoing.

UVa-Wise shares this information to protect members of the College community by promoting safety, to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes, and to raise awareness of how to seek prompt assistance should a crime occur in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The UVa-Wise Campus Police would like to remind everyone that while the campus community is considered to be safe, incidents can and do happen.  Below are some residential safety tips that should be noted.  This information is general in nature and does not necessarily relate to any specific incident.

  • Keep the door(s) to your residence and any windows accessible from the outside locked at all times.
  • If you find that your room has been entered, don’t go inside. Contact your RA, Community Coordinator or Campus Police for an on-campus residence; or local Police for an off-campus residence. If you are already inside, don’t touch anything so that you don’t disturb evidence that may be important to a police investigation.
  • Students in on-campus housing are particularly advised against blocking/propping open the main and side entrances to residence halls.
  • Never lend the key to your residence.

As always, make any report to UVa-Wise Campus Police at 276-328-0190 or 276-328-2677 during regular business hours; or after 5 p.m., call 276-328-3756 or 911.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Tue 9/30/2014 at 10:05 a.m.

All Clear

All Clear. The tornado drill has concluded.

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Tue 9/30/2014 at 10:03 a.m.

Tornado drill

Sent on behalf of the Crisis Management Team

UVa-Wise is participating in a tornado drill today, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. Please take a moment to consider what you would do in case of a real tornado event. 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. We will issue an “all clear” a few minutes later to signal the end of the drill.

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Tue 9/29/2014 at 4:34 p.m.

Tornado drill set for Sept. 30

Sent on behalf of the Crisis Management Team

UVa-Wise will participate in a tornado drill on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. You will receive notification from one or more of the following methods: text, phone, siren, web or email.  Since the drill takes place when classes are in session, we are only asking you to take a moment to consider what you would do in case of a real tornado event.  During a tornado, 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. We will issue an “all clear” a few minutes later to signal the end of the drill.

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Sent by email to students and employees on Wed 9/3/2014 at 4:37 p.m.

Timely Notice

To the UVa-Wise community:

A student reported on Sept. 3, 2014 to Campus Police that an assault occurred on Aug. 22, 2014 near Greear Gymnasium.

While you can never completely protect yourself from assault, there are some safety tips that you can do to reduce your risk. Please read the tips listed below and keep them in mind.

  • Be aware of your surroundings, including where you are and who is around you.
  • Distractions such as a cell phone conversation and listening to music with headphones could make you less aware of potential dangers.
  • Avoid isolated areas and do not walk alone at night when possible.
  • Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, leave the area and call 911.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other. Do not hesitate to call 911.

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Sun 7/27/2014 at 5:33 p.m.

Immediate Notice

The Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service for Wise County has ended. However, another severe storm could possibly move toward the area later this evening. We will alert you in case another tornado warning is issued. If a tornado warning is issued, please seek shelter in the lowest floor of your building and stay away from windows.

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Sun 7/27/2014 at 4:46 p.m.

Tornado warning

The national weather service has issued a tornado warning for Wise County. Please go to the lowest level of your building and stay away from windows. We will send updates as the situation develops.

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Fri 7/11/2014 at 12:16 PM 

All clear.  The gas leak has been detained.

A message from UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE

All clear.  The gas leak has been detained.  You may now safely re-enter the affected area.

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Sent by SMS and email to students and employees on Fri 7/11/2014 12:12 PM

Sent on Behalf of UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE

Smiddy Hall evacuation notice

A message from UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE

Please evacuate Smiddy Hall due to the gas leak. Go to a safe area such as the arts center immediately.

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Sent by SMS and email to students and employees on Fri 7/11/2014 12:07 PM

Sent on Behalf of UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE

Immediate evacuation notice

Please evacuate the area immediately around the Wellness Center, Bowers Sturgill, the library, and the student center.  A gas leak has been detected.  See uvawise.edu for additional details.

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Sent by SMS and by email to students and employees on Fri 7/11/2014  at 12:01 PM

Mandatory evacuation notice

Please evacuate the area immediately around the Wellness Center, Bowers Sturgill, the library, and the student center.  A gas leak has been detected.  See uvawise.edu for additional details.

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Sent by email to employees on July 2, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.

Sent on behalf of Vice Chancellor Sim Ewing and UVa-Wise Campus Police

Timely Warning and Safety Notice

July 2, 2014 – UVa-Wise Campus Police assisted the Town of Wise Police Department by providing backup in response to a report of a gunshot fired during a reported domestic altercation near campus on Tuesday, July 1 at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The incident occurred on Mason Avenue behind Beeline Market. According to campus police, charges are pending against the person who is believed to have discharged the weapon, and police have confiscated the gun.

Those involved in the incident have no connection to the College, and there were no reports of an injury as a result of the weapon discharge, but the proximity to campus requires the issuance of a safety notice.

Campus police believe that the Town of Wise/Wise County area is a safe community, but crime and violent incidents do occur. We want to remind you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself and your friends if faced with an unexpected situation.

We encourage you to be aware of your surroundings and immediately go inside or to a safe location if you find yourself nearby when a crime is happening. You are also encouraged to report any incidents to campus or local police.

Vice Chancellor Sim Ewing and Campus Police approved distribution of this message.

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