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  • Office of Emergency Management

Please review NOVA’s Emergency and Inclement Weather Closing policy in full at Emergency/Inclement Weather Closing Policy.

In the event of a college-wide or campus-specific closure or delayed opening, the decision will be announced on the home page of the NOVA website and on local TV and radio stations. A text alert will be sent to cell phones that are registered with NOVA Alert. Individuals may also call the College Call Center at 703.323.3000. Please do not call College Police for closing information; this may delay and/or interrupt critical information flow and decision making.

If the College closes early due to inclement weather, students, faculty and staff may be provided with specific times they can leave. This will help to ensure a safe and orderly departure from buildings and campuses.

Please Note: Doors will be locked one hour after the College’s closing time. For example: If the College closes at 4 p.m., doors will be locked at 5 p.m. Doors will unlock one hour prior to the College’s opening time. For example: If the College opens at 10 a.m., doors will be unlocked at 9 a.m. While doors are locked, no access to campus and non-campus buildings are permissible.

Continuation of Instruction

In the event of an extended closing, faculty are required to notify their students their backup plan for instructions.

At the start of every semester, faculty are expected to communicate to students and to their Dean, their alternative approach to continue teaching and learning during emergency closures lasting more than a day. Faculty must also provide their Dean with a copy of their syllabi explaining their approach to continuing instruction during emergency closures. Examples of alternative teaching and learning approaches include utilization of Blackboard, video conference, email, conference calls, special topics research, discussion, etc. Faculty must announce their alternative delivery approach to the class as soon as possible after the College is closed. The alternative delivery approaches specific to the course should be documented in the course syllabi.

If inclement weather forces the cancellation of classes or requires the College to have a delayed opening, announcements will be made on these local radio and TV stations:

FM RadioTelevision Stations
WAMU 88.5 WRC Channel 4
WFLS 93.3 WTTG Channel 5
WASH 97.1 WJLA Channel 7
WITH 99.5 WUSA Channel 9
WTOP 103.5 NOVA-TV Channel 19, 25, 37 or 59 (check the local cable listing for your area)
WRQX 107.3

How to interpret closing announcement messages:

Delayed Opening

When the College announces a delayed opening, classes that would have started prior to an opening time and continued at least 45 minutes after the opening time will still be held at the opening time. For example: if the College opens at 10 a.m., a three-hour class that normally begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues to 12:30 p.m. would start at 10 a.m. and continue as usual until 12:30 p.m.

College Closing

When the College is closed, no day or evening classes will be held until classes begin on the following morning. Campus closing and delays affect all campus offices including Testing Centers, Tutoring Centers and Libraries.

Extended Learning Institute (NOVA Online)

Students taking ELI/NOVA Online courses will be notified by faculty by email and/or Blackboard if a closing or delay will affect their ELI/NOVA Online course or if due dates have been changed due to weather. If a course has a live, virtual session scheduled, that meeting may still take place. When making such a decision, the faculty member should take into account the fact that the conditions causing the closure may prevent students from accessing the technology necessary to connect to the course activity (example: students who do not have Internet access at home or whose access may be disrupted by the severe weather).

Closings at Non-NOVA Locations

Classes or other NOVA activities, including Workforce Development classes, conducted at non-NOVA locations (examples: military bases, clinical healthcare facilities, other institutions' or companies’ facilities, etc.) are governed by a college closure or delayed opening decision. In addition, if the host facility is unavailable due to closure, the NOVA class or activity will be suspended.

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