May 25, 2022  
2016-2017 College Catalog 
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


Operations Information & Policies

Inclement Weather

When the weather creates hazardous travel conditions, the College administration will make a decision about canceling or delaying classes. Closings will be announced on the College’s website and social media (such as Facebook and Twitter). Administrators will also notify the following television and radio stations regarding the cancellation of classes and operations of the college:

  WTKR-TV (Channel 3) WHRV (89.5 FM)
  WAVY-TV (Channel 10) WGH-FM (97.3 FM)
  WVEC-TV (Channel 13) WJCD (105.3 FM)
  WVBT-TV (Channel 14) WXMM (100.5 FM)
  WNIS (790 AM) WPYA (93.7 FM)
  WTAR (850 AM) WOWI (102.9 FM)
  WAFX (106.9 FM) WWDE (101.3 FM)
  WNOR (98.7 FM) WXGM (99.1 FM)
  WHRO (90.3 FM)  

Electronic Communication (Email)

Thomas Nelson Community College issues student email addresses to all active students. Email is the primary means for official communication within Thomas Nelson. The College has the right to expect that such communications will be received and read in a timely fashion. Official email communications are intended to meet only the academic and administrative needs of the campus community and will be used for College business (academic and administrative) only. Students are expected to check their Thomas Nelson email account on a regular basis in order to remain informed of College communications. It is recommended that students check email accounts daily. Students are responsible for the consequences of not reading College email communications in a timely fashion. All use of email will be consistent with other Thomas Nelson policies and as stated in the Thomas Nelson Student Handbook.


Pay phones are available for student use in buildings and on campus. Additionally, on-campus calls can be made from any phone in any office. A TDD is available through the Office of Student Success, Hampton Campus in Room 323 Hastings Hall for the hearing impaired.


Should a student need to reach a faculty or staff member or an administrative office and not know the phone number, the student may call the switchboard at 757/825-2700. Operation hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. On the Historic Triangle Campus, the student may call 757/253-4300 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

After-Hours Contact Procedure

Campus Police maintains a contact number to be used during nonworking hours. If a student needs the assistance of a campus police officer after 10 p.m. Monday - Friday, or on weekends and holidays, he or she should call 9/879-3649 from any Thomas Nelson office phone or 757/879-3649 from any residential or pay phone. The hearing impaired should use the Virginia Relay System, 1/800-828-1120.

Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

The Emergency Action Plan contains basic responses to several potential emergencies that the campus could experience. The events within the EAP include fire, medical emergencies, severe weather and active shooters. All Thomas Nelson students and employees are encouraged to become familiar with these procedures to assist in enhancing safety. To review the EAP please visit

Medical Emergencies

If a medical emergency arises between 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Friday, call the Office of Campus Police, 757/825-2732. After 10 p.m. Monday - Friday, or on weekends and holidays, the Office of Campus Police can be reached by dialing 9/897-3649. Call boxes are located throughout the Hampton campus.

The hearing impaired should use the Virginia Relay System, 1-800-828-1120. If the caller is unable to get help when calling either of these numbers, contact the Rescue Squad by dialing 911 from any pay phone or 9-911 from any College office or classroom telephone.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency where the building must be evacuated, activate the College fire alarm system from any pull box. Faculty, staff, and students, other than those assigned specific duties, will:

  1. Ensure that all lights, office machines, electrical devices, etc. are turned off.
  2. Close and lock all safes, file cabinets, and other record repositories.
  3. Evacuate all buildings, closing office/classroom doors as they leave their respective areas, taking all personal belongings with them. In the event that a physically challenged student is in a class during an emergency, the instructor conducting the class will be responsible for ensuring that the individual is evacuated along with the rest of the students. Remember that the elevator is reserved for physically challenged persons. Do not use the elevator in case of fire.
  4. Comply with directions issued by authorized college personnel. All personnel will be directed to the nearest area assembly point until further instructions are received.
  5. Remain calm and move promptly to area assembly points.
  6. Remain on campus and do not enter the building until a verbal all-clear signal has been given by Campus Police or Physical Plant.

Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment

Thomas Nelson is committed to the prevention of violence on campus and provides guidance on how to access supporting programs and assistance. For further information regarding violence prevention and threat assessment please review

Weapons Policy

Thomas Nelson follows the guidelines of the State Board for Community Colleges with regard to weapons on campus.

Pursuant to State Board for Community Colleges Regulation 8VAC95-10-20, effective January 30, 2013, “[p]ossession or carrying of any weapon by any person, except a police officer, is prohibited on college property in academic buildings, administrative office buildings, student centers, child care centers, dining facilities and places of the kind where people congregate, or while attending any college-sponsored sporting, entertainment or educational events. Entry upon the aforementioned college property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.”

Building Hours

College buildings are unlocked by 6 a.m., Monday - Friday. Buildings are usually locked at 10:30 p.m. Those who need to get into any building at times other than when the buildings are open must contact Campus Police dispatch at 757/825-2732 for information concerning access procedures.

Children On Campus

College policy dictates that no child under the age of 15 years old may be left unsupervised at any time while on the Thomas Nelson campus, unless approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Any person who leaves a child unattended may be subject to disciplinary action or, in the case of a non-student, criminal action.

Parking Decals/Vehicle Registration

All vehicles must be registered with the Parking Services Office and display a current College vehicle parking permit. Failure to register a vehicle and display a current parking permit may result in a parking citation, towing, or wheel locking of the vehicle. Information on how to obtain a parking decal can be found at

Visitors may park in a visitor’s parking space or in any non-designated parking space. Visitors choosing to park in a non-designated parking space must obtain a visitor’s parking permit from the Parking Services Office and display it on the front dashboard of the vehicle.

Temporary parking permits are available in the Office of Campus Police as well as the Parking Office. The Parking Office is located in Diggs Hall, Room 155 Hampton Campus and Room 122 at the Historic Triangle Campus. The office of Campus Police is located in Diggs Hall, Room 153 and Room 115, Historic Triangle Campus. Prospective students are requested to display a temporary parking permit obtained from the Admissions Office in Griffin Hall, Hampton Campus Room 201 or Room 112 on the Historic Triangle Campus.

Photo ID Required

Thomas Nelson Community College photo IDs are required and are available in the Photo ID Office. To obtain a photo ID, faculty, staff, and students must present picture identification and an assigned employee EMPLID/student number.

The Photo ID offices are located in Room 109 in Diggs Hall, Hampton Campus and Room 111, Historic Triangle Campus. For additional information, please call 757/825-3593 in Hampton and 757/253-4882 at the Historic Triangle Campus.

Lost & Found Property

The Office of Campus Police is the receiving department for all found or abandoned property. If a student finds an item, he or she may turn it in to the Campus Police in Diggs Hall, Room 153 or Room 112, Historic Triangle Campus. The Campus Police will make every effort to return the property to its rightful owner. Those who have lost property can report to Room 112, Historic Triangle Campus, Monday - Friday, during normal business hours to claim their property. Proof of ownership will be required (brand name, color, ID marks, etc.), as well as a photo ID.

Property left at the Historic Triangle Campus for more than one month will be transported and stored at the Hampton Campus.

All unclaimed property will be handled in the following manner:

  1. Property valued at $100 or less will be held for three months.
  2. Property valued in excess of $100 will be held for five months.

Bulletin Boards

Notices pertaining to College functions and activities are posted regularly on designated bulletin boards around campus. Any items to be posted must be approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. Defacing or destroying signs, posters, notices, etc. that have been approved for posting is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct; all violators are subject to disciplinary action, or in the case of a non-student, criminal action.

Instructional and Departmental Staff

(All phone numbers are included in the 757 area code.) All offices are located in Hampton unless specified otherwise.

Academic Affairs

Vice President for Academic Affairs Lonnie Schaffer   9 Harrison Hall 825-2952
Curriculum Specialist Kim Allen   9 Harrison Hall 825-2914
Administrative Assistant Barbara Mason   9 Harrison Hall 825-2952

Business, Public Services, Information Systems and Mathematics Division

Dean Charles Swaim   122B Diggs Hall 825-2900
Assistant Coordinator Sandra Dashiell   122E Diggs Hall 825-2724
Administrative Assistant   122 Diggs Hall 825-2900


Accounting Kelly Hines   105 Diggs Hall 825-3667
Economics Paula Mooradian   313E Hastings Hall 825-6652
Real Estate and Marketing Sandra Robertson   114 Diggs Hall 825-3678
Co-op Coordinator for Business Sharon Cotman   326 Hastings Hall 825-3880
Business Administration and Management  


Mathematics/Developmental Mathematics Rimma Feygelson   946 Templin Hall 2920
Mathematics Tatiana Golub   207G Historic Triangle Campus 253-4298
Developmental Mathematics Marie Struble   207F Historic Triangle Campus 253-4322

Public Services

Administration of Justice & Paralegal Studies Dave Coffey   115 Diggs Hall 825-2787
Early Childhood Development Teresa Frazier   328 Hastings Hall 825-3550
Human Services Beverly Nicholson   122 Diggs Hall 825-2900

Information Systems Technology

Administrative Support Technology & Paralegal Svs Darlene Putnam   102 Diggs Hall 825-3671
Information Systems Technology   113 Diggs Hall 825-3869
Information Technology Sharon Cotman   326 Hastings Hall 825-3880
Co-op Coordinator for IST/AST Sharon Cotman   326 Hastings Hall 825-3880

Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Dean Patrick Tompkins   854 Templin Hall 825-2799
Assistant Coordinator Ursula Bock   855 Templin Hall 825-2991
Administrative Assistant Roslyn Upshur   857 Templin Hall 825-2799


Computer Arts/Fine Arts & Photography Cece Wheeler   862 Templin Hall 825-3608
Performing Arts Michael Sundblad   829 Templin Hall 825-3659


Communication Anthony Fotinos   871 Templin Hall 825-2789


Teacher Preparation Advisor Donna Savage   927 Templin Hall 825-2921


English Myleah Kerns   848 Templin Hall 825-3633
English Fundamentals Michael Weiser   867 Templin Hall 825-3802


Humanities, Philosophy & Religion Brenda Allen   850 Templin Hall 825-3876

Social Sciences

History/Geography Stacey Schneider   313J Historic Triangle Campus 258-6646
Political Science Leo Keneally   928 Templin Hall 825-2761
Psychology Ursula Bock   857 Templin Hall 825-2991
Sociology Margaret Preble   329G Hastings Hall 825-3636

World Languages

Foreign Languages Isidoro Kessel   844 Templin Hall 825-3446

Health Professions Division

Dean Christy Hawkins   313 Historic Triangle Campus 258-6531
Administrative Assistant Dawn Bush   313 Historic Triangle Campus 258-6531
Dental Hygiene Harold Marioneaux   313 Historic Triangle Campus 258-6598
Emergency Medical Services/Fire Science Technology R. Paul Long   321D Historic Triangle Campus 258-6514
Health Michelle Alexander   207B Historic Triangle Campus 258-6593
Nursing - Hampton Mary Kathryn Howard   747 Hampton III 825-2808
Nursing - Williamsburg Lisa Draper   313 Historic Triangle Campus 825-2808
Physical Education Martha Swirzinski   333A Hastings Hall 825-3502

Science, Engineering and Technology Division

Interim Dean Riham Mahfouz   321 Hastings Hall 825-2898
Assistant Coordinator Beth Dickens   321C Hastings Hall 825-2898
Administrative Assistant Nicole Houser   321 Hastings Hall 825-2898

Engineering and Engineering Technologies

Air Conditioning, Heating, Ventilation & Refrigeration Craig Mims   320 Hastings Hall 825-2896
Automotive Technology Mark Burge   500 Automotive Building 825-3859
Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology Tom Pringle   322 Hastings Hall 825-3624
Electronics Engineering Technology Deborah Lichniak   300B Hastings Hall 825-2778
Engineering Ji Hyon Mun   421B Hastings Hall 825-2930
Mechanical Engineering Technology Julie Young   414 Hastings Hall 825-3622
Industrial Technology Jean Frank   306 Hastings Hall 825-2947

Computer Science

Computer Science Sally Schaffner   425B Hastings Hall 825-2992


Biology Shaheem Abraham   313G Historic Triangle Campus 258-6590
Chemistry Lucinda Spryn   433E Historic Triangle Campus 258-6659
Geology Peter Berquist   303 Hastings Hall 825-2707
Physics Elena Kuchina   304 Hastings Hall 825-2745

Learning Resource Center

Director Richard Hodges   227C Wythe Hall 825-2871
Administrative Assistant   227 Wythe Hall 825-2868
Information Literacy Librarian Corey Buttram   227A Wythe Hall 825-2878
Technical Services Librarian Susan Lawlor   227A Wythe Hall 825-3530
Head Librarian-Williamsburg Robert Harrison   100L Historic Triangle Campus 253-4332
Technology Learning Center-Hampton Dawn Barnes   255 Wythe Hall 825-2993
Technology Learning Center-Williamsburg Staff   101 Historic Triangle Campus 258-6503
Library-Hampton Staff   228 Wythe Hall 825-3829
Tutor Zone-Hampton Marcia Shepherd   256A Wythe Hall 825-2940
Tutor Zone-Williamsburg Staff   101 Historic Triangle Campus 258-6500

Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel Lufkin   4 Harrison Hall 825-3810
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Vicki Richmond   4 Harrison Hall 825-3810
Administrative Assistant Cheryl Westray   4 Harrison Hall 825-3810

Enrollment Management

Interim Dean of Enrollment Management Kris Rarig   200A Griffin Hall 825-2471
Interim Manager of Enrollment Services Tiffany Ray   208A Griffin Hall 825-2736
Associate Registrar Patricia Reese   200B Griffin Hall 825-2844
Admissions Advisor Dana Cook   216 Griffin Hall 825-3885
Senior Admissions Specialist Geraldine Newson   200D Griffin Hall 825-2910
Admissions Specialist Shanda Barnes   206 Griffin Hall 825-2980
Admissions Specialist Natalie Bellamy   208 Griffin Hall 825-2978
Admissions Specialist Niambi Glover   208 Griffin Hall 825-3888
Domicile Specialist Sonia Burford   208 Griffin Hall 825-2976
Graduation Specialist Carmen Charland   208 Griffin Hall 825-2846
Information Center Specialist Lisa McLaurin   207 Griffin Hall 825-2838
Registration Specialist Julia Brown   207 Griffin Hall 825-3684
Registration Specialist Alicia Jones   207 Griffin Hall 825-3692
Registration Specialist Cathy Murrow   207 Griffin Hall 825-2975
Registration Specialist Quanita Payne   207 Griffin Hall 825-2885
Transfer Credit Evaluation Specialist Edie Gilbert   200C Griffin Hall 825-3517

Office of Secondary School Programs

Interim Dean of Enrollment Management Kris Rarig   709A Hampton III 825-2801
Dual Enrollment Coordinator LaToya Lawson   709B Hampton III 825-2706
Dual Enrollment Coordinator Kimisha Wyatt   709C Hampton III 825-2801
Great Expectations Coach Monica Pinier   316 Hastings Hall 825-3452
Career Coach, York High School Tiffanie Rosier   709 Hampton III 825-3524
Career Coach, Heritage High School Erin Nobile   709 Hampton III 825-3524
Career Coach, Warhill High School Suzy Lindley   709 Hampton III 825-3524

Office of Student Success - Hampton Campus

Dean   323A Hastings Hall 825-2827
Administrative Assistant Deborah Swinton   323 Hastings Hall 825-2827
Counselor/Coordinator ADA Richard Hurst   323D Hastings Hall 825-2833
Counselor/Coordinator Credit Courses Marilyn Starkes   323E Hastings Hall 825-2832
Counselor/Coordinator Orientation Carmen Croswell   201E Griffin Hall 825-2790
Director of Advising and Transfer Crystal Anderson   201A Griffin Hall 825-2810
Interim Coordinator of Athletics and Intramurals Chad Smith   201F Griffin Hall 825-2887
Counselor/COL   201A Griffin Hall 825-2834
Academic Planning/Transfer Coordinator Tonya Burton   201J Griffin Hall 825-3860
Academic Advisor/ Transfer Specialist Veronica Dempsey   201L Griffin Hall 825-3647
Academic Advisor/Career Liaison Tschenavia Patterson   225 Griffin Hall 825-2852
Academic Advisor Melissa Gray   201L Griffin Hall 825-2949

Southeast Higher Education Center

Coordinator Alison LeMaster   5720 Marshall Ave., Newport News 283-7820 ext. 63532
Evening Facilitator Dorothy Little   5720 Marshall Ave., Newport News 283-7820 ext. 63532

Student Services - Historic Triangle Campus

Dean Betsy Harrison   117J Historic Triangle Campus 253-4755
Enrollment Services Coordinator Tammera Wright   117P Historic Triangle Campus 253-4882
Financial Aid Advisor Krystle McMahan   117B Historic Triangle Campus 258-6524
Financial Aid Advisor   117B Historic Triangle Campus 253-4756
Professional Counselor Nancy Bailey   117E Historic Triangle Campus 253-4331

Finance and Administration

Vice President for Finance & Administration Charles Nurnberger   10A Harrison Hall 825-2717
Associate Vice President for Financial Services Teresa Bailey   11A Harrison Hall 825-2770
Administrative Assistant Geraldine Mathey   10 Harrison Hall 825-2717
Administrative Assistant Barbara Rumsey   10 Harrison Hall 825-2820

Financial Aid, Veterans and Scholarships

Director, Financial Aid, Veterans & Scholarships Kathryn Anderson   214 Griffin Hall 825-2851
Assistant Director, Financial Aid Renee Peterson   214 Griffin Hall 825-2850
Manager, Financial Aid Lisa Smith   209 Griffin Hall 825-2848
Veteran Services Coordinator Isaac Shorter   214 Griffin Hall 825-3442
Financial Aid Advisor Charity Hancock   209 Griffin Hall 825-2848
Financial Aid Advisor Tanya Parrott   209 Griffin Hall 825-2848
Administrative Assistant Helen Stallings   209 Griffin Hall 825-2848
Financial Aid Processor Felicia Carter   214 Griffin Hall 825-2848
Financial Aid Processor Cassandra Creech   214 Griffin Hall 825-3889
Financial Aid Processor Renee’ Davis   214 Griffin Hall 825-2848
Financial Aid Processor Catina Copeland   214 Griffin Hall 825-2911


Thomas Nelson Community College is a two-year institution of higher education established in 1967 as part of a statewide system of 23 community colleges. It primarily serves the residents of the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City and York. The College operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and with the guidance of the Thomas Nelson Community College Board. The administration of the College is directly responsible to the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The College is financed primarily by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities, the federal government, student tuition and fees, and private organizations and individuals.

The College provides financially accessible, high quality, comprehensive educational programs and services to meet the educational needs of citizens of all ages and to support the economic development of the Commonwealth. To this end, the college offers:

  • associate’s degree programs to prepare individuals for careers as technical and paraprofessional workers;
  • associate’s degree programs to prepare individuals for transfer, as upper-division students, to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year institutions;
  • programs to prepare individuals for careers as technicians and skilled and semi-skilled workers;
  • certificate programs to prepare individuals for further instructional programs;
  • distance learning course options;
  • student development services to assist individuals with decisions regarding occupational, educational, and personal goals;
  • industrial training programs for new or expanding businesses, industries, and professions;
  • continuing education programs, including credit and non-credit courses, seminars and workshops for individuals who wish to continue or expand their learning experiences, and;
  • cultural and educational opportunities for the community.


Thomas Nelson Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award associate degree curricula. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Thomas Nelson Community College.


Thomas Nelson Community College is named in honor of Thomas Nelson, Jr., who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an early colonial governor of the Commonwealth. Thomas Nelson, Jr., was a merchant in early Yorktown and served in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War. He was very active in leading a segment of the Virginia militia during the siege of Yorktown and the surrender of Cornwallis. During the siege, the story is that one of Nelson’s men informed him that Cornwallis had set up headquarters in the Nelson House. When the soldier asked what should be done, Nelson is said to have responded, “Blow the damn thing down.” Today one of the cannonballs is still lodged in the wall. Thomas Nelson, Jr., spent his fortune to aid the revolutionary cause and died a pauper.

The 1966 session of the Virginia General Assembly in active legislation established a statewide system of comprehensive community colleges. A local committee investigated the need for and feasibility of a community college for the region and requested that the State Board for Community Colleges approve an application to establish Thomas Nelson Community College. A site almost in the population center of the Peninsula area was selected and a local board of advisors was appointed. After the site was purchased by the City of Hampton, construction began on the initial phase of four buildings in August 1967, and the cornerstone was laid December 5, 1967. Construction was completed, and 1,232 students began classes on September 20, 1968. Thomas Nelson Community College graduated its first class of students with associate degrees on June 13, 1970. Since 1970, the College has graduated more than 14,000 students and has provided credit and non-credit instruction to many more residents of the Peninsula and nearby communities.

To better support the needs of the communities it serves, the College provides credit and non-credit training in the greater Williamsburg area. It opened a permanent site in Williamsburg in 1999 and the site was officially designated the Historic Triangle campus in 2003. Today, the College provides both credit and non-credit training at its new permanent facility at 4601 Opportunity Way, as well as noncredit and customized training at its new site in the Thomas Nelson Workforce Center (Prudential Towne Building) 4135 Ironbound Rd. In August 2007, the College opened the Southeast Higher Education Center which expanded access to the citizens of the Southeast Newport News community. Through a partnership with the Achievable Dream Middle and High School, the College offers an array of credit courses. The College is committed to meeting the educational and training needs of the local population.

In the 1990s, the College expanded its emphasis on workforce development with additional programs to serve the needs of employers in our service region. In 2001, the College moved into the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, adjacent to the Hampton campus.

Vision Statement

As the Peninsula’s Community College, Thomas Nelson is committed to excellence, recognized for student success, and dedicated to meeting the needs of our community.

Mission Statement

Thomas Nelson Community College changes lives, empowers students to succeed, and enhances the civic and economic vitality of the Peninsula community through high quality education and workforce training, excellent services, and innovative partnerships.


At Thomas Nelson Community learning is fostered, lives are changed, excellence is an attitude, and responsiveness to our students and community is paramount.

Core Values

The College’s strength lies in our value system. The core values embody the principles, ideals, and beliefs of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and College Board. Our values are the foundation of our actions and they reflect what is important to us and what we strive to be as members of the Thomas Nelson community:

  • Students First – We are passionate about our students’ success and their futures, and are committed to providing outstanding education and training opportunities in a supportive collegiate environment that will equip students to compete in the global workforce.
  • Educational Excellence – We value high standards for learning and appreciate our dedicated faculty and staff who create learning environments that stimulate intellectual growth and academic achievement, encourage life-long learning, and help students realize their dreams.
  • Community Responsiveness – We affirm our commitment to meeting the education and workforce training needs of our community and to building strong innovative partnerships that support the economic vitality of the region.
  • Integrity – We expect everyone to take responsibility for their actions, to engage in ethical behavior, and to impart honesty, trust and transparency in all interactions.
  • Diversity – We are committed to exploring and understanding our similarities and differences and fostering inclusive working and learning environments that promote respect and appreciation for our diverse cultures, beliefs, lifestyles and perspectives.
  • Mutual Respect & Shared Governance – We value the contributions of everyone, encourage the sharing of ideas, and commit to equitable treatment in all that we do. We acknowledge a shared responsibility for institutional success and improvement, and commit to shared decision making characterized by broad participation, openness and teamwork.

Code of Ethics

Thomas Nelson Community College is committed to supporting a collaborative environment noteworthy for its civility, integrity and mutual respect. The Code of Ethics establishes high standards of professionalism for employees and students.

  • Excellence – We establish high standards in and out of the classroom and strive for excellence in all we do.
  • Respect – We respect every individual and practice civility in our communication and conduct.
  • Integrity – We reflect the principles of honesty, fairness and integrity in our communication and action to create a just and equitable learning and working environment.
  • Diversity – We promote an inclusive working and learning environment with respect for and understanding of our individual differences, diverse cultures, and beliefs.
  • Responsibility – We are accountable for our decisions and actions, and we exercise good stewardship of human and material resources.
  • Compliance – We uphold the regulations, codes and statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the policies, procedures and protocols of Virginia’s Community Colleges and Thomas Nelson Community College.
  • Cooperation – We are committed to working collaboratively to achieve our goals.

Copyright Defined

Copyright is defined as a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the creators of “original works of authorship.” These works include such intellectual property as literary, photographic, dramatic, musical, artistic, computer software, movies, websites and certain other intellectual works. This protection is broad and can include both published and unpublished works.

Copyright infringement takes place when a person duplicates intellectual property, such as mentioned above, without the consent of the property’s creator. In many cases, this consent must be in writing.

Academic Fair Use

The definition of fair use is unclear. According to the United States Copyright Office “There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission.” In an effort to guide the understanding of what is considered fair use, the following four guidelines were created and must be considered.

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

If someone is planning to use all or part of a work for an educational project it is always advisable to contact the creator of the work for permission.

Campus Copyright Contact

If you have questions regarding copyright and academic fair use please contact the Director for Learning Resources at 757/825-2871.