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NOVA 2011-2012 College Catalog

Policy Statements

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

It is the policy of both Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, disability, national origin, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Inquiries concerning affirmative action and equal opportunity policies should be addressed to the College’s director of Affirmative Action/Minority and Legal Affairs, whose office is located in the Brault Building at the Annandale Campus (703-323-3266).

Policy Regarding Online and Print Versions of the Catalog

Every effort has been made to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information possible in the printed catalog. It is revised each year, but there may be times when substantive changes are required during the academic year after the catalog has been printed. Such changes are posted to the College Web site at www.nvcc.edu where there is a link between the online College Catalog and a document titled “Updates to the Catalog.” Students should consult the NOVA online College Catalog periodically for updates and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors regularly. The statements and provisions in this catalog are not to be regarded as a contract between the student and the College that cannot be recalled. The College reserves the right to change, when warranted, any of its policies, programs, courses and fees.

Northern Virginia Community College provides its website, catalog, handbooks, and any other printed materials or electronic media for your general guidance. The College does not guarantee that the information contained within them, including, but not limited to, the contents of any page that resides under the Domain Name System (DNS) registration of www.nvcc.edu is up-to-date, complete and accurate, and individuals assume any risks associated with relying upon information without checking other credible sources, such as a student’s academic advisor. In addition, a student’s or prospective student’s reliance upon information contained within these sources, or individual program catalogs or handbooks, when making academic decisions does not constitute, and should not be construed as, a contract with the College. Further, the College reserves the right to make changes to any provision or requirement within these sources, as well as changes to any curriculum or program, whether during a student’s enrollment or otherwise.

Links or references to other materials or websites provided in the above-referenced sources are also for information purposes only and do not constitute the College’s endorsement of products or services referenced.

There may be times when substantive changes are required during the academic year after the Catalog has been printed. Such changes are posted to the College website at www.nvcc.edu where there is a link between the online College Catalog and a document titled “Updates to the Catalog.”