Threat Assessment-Violence Prevention Committee

If you are aware of an emergency or immediate safety concerns, call 911 and report the danger to law enforcement.

If you are concerned about threatening behavior or a disturbing situation that is NOT an emergency event, contact campus security, one of the team members listed below, or submit the information via email to

Threat Assessment/Violence Prevention Team

The Threat Assessment/Violence Prevention Team at Danville Community College is dedicated to a coordinated and planned approach to the identification, prevention, assessment and management of behavioral threats to the College and the DCC learning environment.


This team has been established to:

  • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a student, faculty/staff member or campus visitor poses a risk to self or others.

  • Providing guidance to students, faculty, and staff regarding recognition of threatening or aberrant behavior that my represent a threat to the community.

  • Respond to circumstances of violence, threatening behavior, unwanted pursuit or harassment.

  • Investigate the situation and recommend appropriate actions including suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, filing of criminal charges or ongoing monitoring and observation of behavior patterns.

  • Identification of members of the campus community to whom threatening behavior should be reported.

  • Identify resource for troubled students and personnel and make referrals to appropriate campus and off-campus agencies.

  • Notify, within the FERPA guidelines, parents, guardians, and/or next of kin.

  • Coordinating the response with the Virginia Community College System.


  • Provide a safe physical environment for the members of our campus/college community.

  • Provide a safe emotional environment for the members of our campus/college community.

  • Promote peace of mind for all students, faculty and staff of Danville Community College.


The Threat Assessment/Violence Prevention Team consists of College and community personnel with expertise in academic affairs, student affairs, human resources/employment affairs, law enforcement, mental health issues, and knowledge of the media.  Whenever possible, a collaborative process will be used to assess and respond to a received threat.  A core team of key campus leaders will generally comprise the Team, but off-campus resources will always be involved when warranted.  Other individuals may also be consulted such as a faculty member who has a concern about a student or a supervisor who is concerned about an employee.

The Team will meet on an emergency basis and as needed to review reports brought forward by faculty, staff and students concerning inappropriate and/or threatening behavior.

Campus Members' Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to immediately report any situation that could possibly result in harm to anyone connected to the College.  These reports may be submitted online (see link below), reported to DCC Security at 797-8533 or campus phone ext. 8533, or to any member of the Team.

Types of Threats to Report to the Threat Assessment/Violence Prevention Team

  • Expression of violence

  • Anger problems

  • Fascination with weapons

  • Suicide threats or statements

  • Stalking

  • Severe rage

  • Interest in previous shooting situations

  • Violence and cruelty

  • Mental health history related to dangerousness

  • Unusual interest in terrorist activities and materials

Threat Assessment/Violence Prevention Team

Ms. Cheryl Terry

Mrs. Faith O'Neil

Danville Police Department
434-799-6510 | Emergency: 911

DCC Security