Past Notices

Past Notices & Alerts

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TIMELY WARNING:  SEXUAL ASSAULT

Message sent on behalf of The Office of Compliance, Conduct & Inclusion by email to students and employees on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 5:39 am.

The College’s Title IX Coordinator has received a report of a sexual assault at 2:57am occurring on campus Friday April 27, 2018. 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.

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: Sexual assault is an impulsive, spontaneous act.
FACT: Rape is considered to be the most underreported violent crime in our nation. In particular, acquaintance rape, because the victim and offender are known to each other, the victim finds it more difficult to accuse the perpetrator. It is much easier for a rape victim to blame a stranger than a known attacker. 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.

MYTH: It could never happen to me.
FACT: All individuals are potential rape victims: regardless of age, race, class, religion, occupation, sexual orientation, educational background, or physical description.  Both males and females can be rape victims. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

MYTH: Sexual assault usually occurs between strangers.
FACT: By some estimates, over 70% of rape victims know their attackers. The rapist may be a relative, classmate, friend, co-worker, date or other acquaintance. In college, acquaintance or non-stranger rape accounts for nearly 90% of all completed or attempted rapes on campus. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

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 www.uvawise.edu/compliance/sexualmisconduct. You may contact your Title IX Coordinator, Tabitha Smith at 276-328-0131 or 276-870-5065 and you can also always make reports to UVa-Wise Campus Police at 276-328-0190 or 276-328-2677d during regular business hours; or after 5 p.m., call 276-328-3756 or 911.

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TIMELY WARNING:  SEXUAL ASSAULT

Message sent on behalf of The Office of Compliance, Conduct & Inclusion by email to students and employees on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 7:12 pm.

The College’s Title IX Coordinator has received a report of a sexual assault occurring on campus Friday March 23, 2018. 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.

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.

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: 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.

MYTH: It could never happen to me.
FACT: All individuals are potential rape victims: regardless of age, race, class, religion, occupation, sexual orientation, educational background, or physical description.  Both males and females can be rape victims. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

MYTH: Sexual assault usually occurs between strangers.
FACT: By some estimates, over 70% of rape victims know their attackers. The rapist may be a relative, classmate, friend, co-worker, date or other acquaintance. In college, acquaintance or non-stranger rape accounts for nearly 90% of all completed or attempted rapes on campus. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

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 www.uvawise.edu/compliance/sexualmisconduct. You may contact your Title IX Coordinator, Tabitha Smith at 276-328-0131 or 276-870-5065 and you can also always make reports to UVa-Wise Campus Police at 276-328-0190 or 276-328-2677d during regular business hours; or after 5 p.m., call 276-328-3756 or 911.

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TORNADO DRILL

Sent by email and text March 20, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. to students, employees and adfaculty:

All Clear. The tornado drill is over. All Clear

Sent by email and text March 20, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. to students, employees and adfaculty:

This is a tornado drill. During the drill, please take a moment to consider what you would do in case of an actual tornado event. Virginia emergency officials advise that if a tornado occurs, you should go immediately to the lowest level of the 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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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL, MARCH 20

Sent by email March 19, 2018 at 8:29 p.m. to students, employees and adfaculty:

UVa-Wise is participating in a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 20 at 9:45 a.m. During the drill, please take a moment to consider what you would do in case of a tornado event. Virginia emergency officials advise that if a tornado occurs, you should go immediately to the lowest level of the 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.

After the drill, the College will issue an “all clear” a few minutes later to signal the end of the exercise. We will use the siren, email and mobile text notification to announce the drill. Please take note that the siren is designed for those who are outside during an emergency situation.

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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL, MARCH 20

Sent by email March 16, 2018 at 1:57 p.m. to students, employees and adfaculty:

UVa-Wise is participating in a statewide tornado drill on March 20 at 9:45 a.m. During the drill, please take a moment to consider what you would do in case of a tornado event. Virginia emergency officials advise that if a tornado occurs, you should go immediately to the lowest level of the 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.

After the drill, the College will issue an “all clear” a few minutes later to signal the end of the exercise. We will use the siren, email and mobile text notification to announce the drill. Please take note that the siren is designed for those who are outside during an emergency situation.

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COMMUNITY ALERT

Sent on behalf of Campus Police Chief Ronnie Shortt by email to students and employees on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 11:21 am.

Campus Police has received reports of thefts of items from common areas in the Sandridge Science Center and Gilliam Center for the Arts on January 18.  We encourage you to share any information regarding these thefts with Campus Police to assist our investigation.

Please be reminded that while theft is not a common occurrence on our campus, you should always keep your personal items secure and not left unattended.   As always, if you witness suspicious activity, please contact Campus Police immediately.  As Cavaliers, we look out for one another – remember, if you See Something, Say Something.

 

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