Jan 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Student Handbook

Health and Safety


Accident or Illness

First Aid Kits and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS)

Each campus building and the NRV Mall site are equipped with First Aid Kits and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS). The college is not equipped to provide medical services on campus. Nevertheless, individuals who have minor injuries and in need of bandages and antiseptic may find first aid supplies at the following locations. AEDS are available for use as needed and designed to prevent unintentional administration.

All Security officers and selected personnel located near the AED storage have been trained to use the devices. 

Location of First Aid Kits and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS):


First Aid Kits

Automated External Defibrillators

Godbey Hall Security Office (G84) Information Desk (G85)
    Business Office (G23)
Martin Hall Library Front Desk (upstairs) Library Front Desk (upstairs)
  Automotive (M124)  
  Machine Shop (M133)  
  Student Activities Office (partial kit) Student Activities Office/Student Lounge
Rooker Hall Advising Center Front Desk
(partial kit) (R271)
Advising Center Front Desk (upstairs)
  Facilities Services  
  Instrumentation Lab (R128)  
  Welding Lab (R123) Welding Lab (downstairs)
Edwards Hall Business & Technologies Office 
(partial kit) (E255)
Front Lobby near Workforce Develpment
  Workforce Development (partial kit)
Hallway near Fitness Center (downstairs)
Mall Site Front Desk Near Elevator (upstairs)
    Near Elevator (downstairs)

Medical Emergency

The procedures listed below are to be followed in all emergency cases (or possible emergency cases) involving accident or illness:

Keep the injured/ill person quiet and calm. Do not move or allow to be moved unless, by allowing him/ her to remain stationary, the affected person is deemed to be in further danger. Ask him/her if he/she wants 911 called. If the answer is no, follow the instructions below. If the victim is unconscious, or is dazed (unaware of time, place, and self), you will need to instruct Security to call 911.

Go to the nearest telephone and dial NRCC Security at (540) 674-3646  or ext. 3646 when dialing from a campus phone; be prepared to give the following information:

  1. Exact location of the victim.
  2. Nature and apparent severity of the injury or illness.
  3. Whether or not the victim has refused 911 assistance.

THEN RETURN TO THE INJURED or ILL PERSON and wait for professional assistance.

  1. Never administer assistance beyond the level of your training.
  2. Never give medical advice unless you are trained to do so.

Security will: immediately call 911 (if necessary); notify Student Services, who shall send someone to the location of the injured/ill person; and notify the family, if necessary.

AIDS Policy

The college will follow the guidelines set forth by ACHA (American College Health Association) concerning students who have AIDS.

  • Students who have AIDS, ARC or a positive HIV will be allowed regular classroom attendance and use of all college facilities.
  • No AIDS testing will be a part of the admission process.
  • Confidentiality of medical information will be maintained.

Call Boxes

The NRCC campus in Dublin has four call boxes located in parking lots A, C, E, and H. These boxes can be used to reach Campus Security in an emergency or when a student, employee, or visitor is in need of assistance.

Children on Campus

The college policy regarding children on campus is:

  • Children are not allowed to attend classes for which they are not registered
  • Unsupervised children, whether children of students, faculty, staff, or visitors, are not permitted on campus, or other college sites
  • Children are not allowed in any laboratory classes

This policy is based especially out of concern for the safety of the children, but also on the fact that in our experience children may be a distraction and a hindrance to both the education process and the day-to-day operation of the college offices.

Security Assistance

For emergencies or general assistance, students, visitors and employees may contact NRCC Security at (540) 674-3646 or ext. 3646 when dialing from a campus phone. Security can also be reached through the call boxes located in parking lots A, C, E, and H. Contact information for the NRCC Security Office is posted on all exterior doors throughout the campus as well as the electronic message boards (monitors) throughout the campus and the NRV Mall site.

Emergencies (Non-Medical)

In case of fire or any other need to evacuate the buildings, take your belongings, stand at least 100 feet away from the building and wait for further instructions. In the event of personal crisis which would need counseling or services, contact the Advising Center, Rooker Hall, telephone (540) 674-3609.

After office hours, refer to the following numbers:

  • Women’s Resource Center HOTLINE: (540) 639-1123 or (800) 788-1123
  • RAFT Crisis Line: (540) 961-8400 or (888) 717-3333.

Health and Medical Insurance Coverage

Health and medical insurance coverage is the responsibility of each individual student. Should a student be injured on campus through sports events or in any other situation, the student is responsible for medical bills incurred. If you are interested in student insurance coverage, contact the Advising Center in Rooker Hall (540) 674-3609 for more information.

Student Accident and Health Insurance Providers

Please feel free to contact these agencies for your insurance needs; however, please note that the Virginia Community College System does not endorse these companies.

Collegiate Risk Management, Inc.
110 Athens Street, Suite 200
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Telephone: (800) 922-3420
Fax: (727) 939-8323

Insurance for College Students, LLC
(Offers insurance for international students)
E-mail: collegeinsurance@bellsouth.net

International Student Insurance
an Envisage International Company Website
224 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Telephone: (888) 247-1387

E. J. Smith & Associates
899 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, IL 60062-4024
Telephone: (847) 564-3660
Fax: (847) 564-3069

Portal Sites:

National Insurance Store

Pets on Campus

Due to the safety of our students, pets are not allowed on campus. The college will respond to reasonable requests as necessary.

Tobacco Use

In the interest of good health, smoking and chewing tobacco use are discouraged on campus. Smoking (including electronic, e-cigarettes, and vaping) and chewing tobacco are not permitted in any portion of any NRCC building. Smoking is also prohibited at the college’s Learning Park. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas only. Smoking shelters are located in areas between Godbey and Martin Halls and between Martin and Rooker Halls. There is also a smoking area near the lower entrance of Edwards Hall, and at the mall site in Christiansburg. The Code of Virginia states that smoking is not permitted with 25 feet of state buildings. Please extinguish all smoking materials before approaching college building entrances.

Health Risks Associated with Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Drugs and alcohol interfere with student learning and employee performance in the workplace. Use of drugs and alcohol can also have dangerous consequences for personal health and for the safety of others. Three of the more commonly abused drugs are highlighted below:

  • Alcohol impairs judgment and coordination; can cause damage to the brain, heart, liver, and pancreas; increases the risk of birth defects; high doses can cause respiratory depression and death.
  • Marijuana has been linked to lung cancer, memory loss, slowed reaction time when driving, depression of the immune system, and complications for pregnant women.
  • Crack/Cocaine can cause convulsions, infection, heart attack, stroke, respiratory failure, brain seizures, psychosis, and death.

For more information on the health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse, visit the Centers for Disease Control (A-Z index) at https://www.cdc.gov/az/a.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Faz%2Findex.html.

For information on community resources available in the New River Valley to assist individuals with drug and alcohol abuse, visit https://www.nr.edu/nrvresources/resources.pdf.

Students may seek referrals through the Dean of Student Services located in the Advising Center, Rooker Hall, office 268 on the Dublin campus or through the Academic Advising Manager located in office 154 at the NRV Mall site in Christiansburg. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent permitted by law. For more information, contact the Dean’s office at 540-674-3690.