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We care about more than your academic success at NOVA; your emotional and physical well-being is also important to us.

The NOVACares Office is here to support you in your need of intervention; addressing concerning behaviors; and meeting the requirements of federal, state and VCCS policy to help prevent campus-based violence. NOVACares provides education and training to the NOVA community on multiple topics including crisis management, classroom management, stress, healthy lifestyles, responding to behavioral issues, legal and policy issues. The Office also provides on- and off-campus resource referrals, case management services to at-risk members of the NOVA community; and is available for consultations with faculty and staff.

The NOVACares Office offers two programs: NOVACares and Sexual Assault Services (SAS) 

The NOVACares Program serves as early intervention and helps to facilitate a See Something, Say Something culture at the College. It provides individuals with a way to share their concerns by submitting an online incident report. It receives and directs these reports to the appropriate NOVACares Responder for intervention as needed. Trained NOVACares Responders are committed to a proactive approach to help our College maintain a safer community. 

The Sexual Assault Services (SAS) Program provides confidential 24-hour information and services to any member of our community who has been affected by sexual assault, dating/partner violence or stalking. If you want more information or are seeking these services, please contact SAS (24 hours a day) by texting or calling 703.338.0834 or email us at nova.sas@nvcc.edu.

NOVACares Program

The NOVACares Program receives and assesses all reports submitted to the NOVACares Office for urgency and severity and assigns the reports to appropriate parties for review and intervention. The NOVACares database assesses and documents reports of violations of academic integrity, concerning behavior, violations of NOVA’s employee or student handbooks (disciplinary or conduct violations), criminal incidents and sexual misconduct/Title IX  incidents. FYI reports are also accepted. Please report an incident using the online NOVACares Reporting Form.

The NOVACares form is designed to help a reporter describe the behavior. Timely reporting is strongly encouraged. Reports are shared with appropriate departments or agencies based on the information in the report on a need-to-know basis.

NOVA strives to protect a reporter’s confidentiality whenever possible. Please submit a new report for each incident. NOVACares responders include the campus CARE Teams, Deans of Students, Conduct Officers, Academic Deans, Human Resources, Title IX Office, NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS), NOVACares Case Managers and NOVA Police Department. Reports that indicate severe risk or imminent danger are directed to the college–wide Threat Assessment Team for review.

Sexual Assault Services (SAS) Program

NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) offers free and confidential services to members of the NOVA community who have experienced sexual assault, dating/partner violence and/or stalking. A Sexual Assault Services Coordinator is on call 24 hours a day to assist members of the NOVA community via cell phone or email, can provide options and information to the victim/survivor at a safe place on any of NOVA's campuses and is available to accompany the victim/survivor to medical, legal or academic meetings or proceedings. Contact a Coordinator to request presentations on these issues in classrooms or at other college events.

If you want more information or are seeking services, please contact SAS by texting or calling 703.338.0834 or email us at nova.sas@nvcc.edu.