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College Safety

The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors at NOVA is a top priority. We want to create and maintain a safe, secure environment where learning can flourish. Each campus is staffed with police and public safety officials, emergency preparedness plans and a system for notifying students of campus closures due to inclement weather or other safety issues.

College Police

Call the NOVA Police dispatch to request information or police services, report a crime or file a complaint.


Stay Informed

NOVA Alert – Text Alert System

NOVA Alert is an alert broadcast system that allows the College to contact you during an emergency (school closings, weather, crime, etc.) by sending text messages to your cell phone and email (school, personal, other).

Sign Up for NOVA Alert.

LiveSafe – Mobile App

LiveSafe allows you to report tips or request emergency services anonymously from NOVA Police; send your location to NOVA Police; let friends or family monitor your movements; share your concerns and suggestions with NOVA Police and have critical safety information at your fingertips.

Click here for more information.

NOVACares and Sexual Assault Services


The NOVACares Office helps to address concerning behavior by providing support to students, faculty and staff in need of intervention. It meets the requirements of federal, state and VCCS policy to help prevent campus-based violence. To find out more or to submit an online report about concerning behavior visit NOVACares.

Sexual Assault Services (SAS)

SAS offers free and confidential services to members of the NOVA community who have been impacted by sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/partner violence and/or stalking. A Sexual Assault Services Coordinator is on call 24 hours a day via cell phone or email:

Emergency Preparedness

An emergency can occur at any time without warning. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides guidance, direction and training to the College and its faculty, staff, students and visitors in the prevention, protection, response and recovery from all incidents or events.

Emergencies on Campus

Know how your campus will respond in the event of an emergency and find out what you should do.